More About Martha

Martha’s story and credentials

Easybreathing Buteyko Practitioner


In 2010 I read an article in a magazine about The Benefits of the Buteyko breathing programme and it resonated with me. I had a tendency to mouth breathe all my life. I was waking two or three times a night and my mouth would be so dry.  I had a young family and the tiredness was so frustrating.

I thought Buteyko might help so I followed up on the article and contacted Patrick Mc Keown. I did his course in Dublin. The exercises absolutely changed the way I breathe and this has had such a positive impact on my life.  I now sleep soundly and have much more energy.  Small changes. Big difference. I am convinced that if I had not read that article I would be well on the road to having sleep apnea now.

My son had exercise induced Asthma and I realised that I had a tool to help him. Thankfully he was open to it and now partakes in exercise which he had been avoiding.

Over the next few years I read more and more articles and studies and realised how much evidence there is to support this method. particularly in relation to Asthma .  It should be more available to people.  It takes time and support to fully benefit from it.  Even if my GP told me to “go home and breathe through your nose” I wouldn’t have been able to do it. Doing the course I identified the root cause of my problem and was able to address it.


I have been practicing as a practitioner since 2016 and I am constantly amazed how this group of exercises can help people.

People have come to me with Asthma of all severities, Snoring, fybromyalgia, Fatigue, Chronic chest conditions. Mouth breathing, Hill walking ( altitude tolerance) and more.

Early Career

Martha Downey de Buitleir. RGN, RNiD, DIPBBM, is a registered nurse with many years working in Ireland, UK and Australia in the area of oncology and palliative care. She did the English Nursing Board courses in oncology and care of patients with AIDS at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

Ireland and family

On return to Ireland she worked in Hospice Home Care in Our Lady’s Hospice Cross, progressing to Education and Nurse management. She took a career break to rear her four children and has now returned to work in Our Lady’s Hospice.

Practicing Buteyko

She has a Diploma in Research methods from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.. She is a past President of Junior Chamber Dublin and is currently a board member of Fold Ireland, a social housing organisation. She became a practitioner in 2016  in Galway and set up as a practitioner in South Dublin.

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Special Thanks

Special thanks to Patrick for his help and guidance. The information in this website is available in books written by Patrick. Visit Website

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