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What is Buteyko Breathing Method?

 

Named after Dr Konstantin Buteyko, the Buteyko Method consists of a series of breathing exercises and guidelines specifically designed to reduce over-breathing (clinically known as ‘chronic hyperventilation’). The simple fact is that many people breathe too much, which alters the natural levels of gases in the blood, reduces oxygen delivery to tissues and organs, and causes constriction of the smooth muscles surrounding blood vessels and airways. This can lead to numerous health problems. Bringing breathing volume towards normal and making the switch from mouth to nose breathing helps to alleviate such health problems.

 

Breathwork is currently riding a wave. Since 2002, when only a few people were working with the breath and breathing exercises were the domain of elite athletes, committed yogis and other high-level professionals, awareness of breathing has changed and become more mainstream. Now, breathing and sleep are hot topics in health and wellbeing. Both can be transformed using simple Buteyko breathing exercises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are Buteyko Breathing Exercises?

Explained by Patrick McKeown

"Dr. Buteyko saw that sick people breath hard. He asked, is the sickness causing the hard breathing, or the hard breathing causing the sickness? People are often told to take deep, full, big breaths in the belief that this will increase oxygen delivery to the tissues. If we look at the science, it doesn't work that way. If you take big breaths that increase the volume of air beyond what it should be, you get rid of too much carbon dioxide. Due to the Bohr Effect (first described by the Danis biochemist Christian Bohr in 1904) this causes red blood cels to actually hold on to oxygen instead of releasing it. By practicing the Buteyko Breathing Technique and developing subtle, soft, slow, light breathing while also maintaining diaphragmatic, nasal breathing, you are increasing oxygen delivery to the cells. This is where it's going to transform health."

By practicing the technique you’ll learn to breathe properly and efficiently, which can help prevent conditions such as:

- Wheezing, coughing, and feeling short of breath 

- Athma

- Anxiety & panic disorders, stress

- Hyperventilation

- Insomnia

- Sleep disorders

- Mouth breathing

- Hyperventilation

- Sleep apnea

- blocked nasal passages

This is an ideal practice both for children and adults alike. It's also advisable to combine this groundbreaking technique with diet and lifestyle management.

 

We will meet once a week for half an hour for four weeks to introduce breath work exercises which need to be practised during the week. 

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