Frequently Asked Questions
What conditions can the Buteyko Method be used for?
The Buteyko Method aims to normalise the breathing to ensure that the correct combination of oxygen and carbon dioxide are present in the body. If a person suffers from a breathing related condition, it is possible that they are not breathing correctly. Studies have shown that the Buteyko method can be used to sucessfully treat a range of conditions, including:
- Panic Attacks
- High Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue
- Sleep Apnoea
- Sleeping Disorders
Who can learn the method?
Anyone from the age of three can learn how to breathe properly with the Buteyko Method. Depending on your progress, you’ll find you can practice Buteyko’s method with little or no intrusion to your normal routine. Most people find that they can enjoy a level of health and fitness they previously thought impossible.
How do we teach the Method?
The method is taught by a qualified, certified practitioner in one of two ways. Either:
– in small classes over a period of approximately 10 hours, normally taking place over a weekend; OR
– By Skype, with webcam on a one2one basis. You will be required to adhere to some basic lifestyle changes and to practise breathing exercises two to four times a day in the weeks following the course. Please see the section Workshop & Courses for more information.
How do I decide who should teach me?
It is important that you find an experienced, qualified practitioner. Always check the size of the class and how many hours of tuition you will be receiving. It is essential that you know what will be happening after your course. Will the practitioner be offering follow-up support?
How will it change my life?
Correct breathing is essential to good health. Optimising your oxygen and carbon dioxide levels will provide great health benefits. If you are an asthmatic, a Buteyko breathing course will give you a better understanding of what causes asthma and how the drugs work, as well as the ability to reduce your dependency on drugs. Many thousands of asthmatics, and those with other breathing-related disorders, have experienced remarkable improvement of their condition with this method. It offers a quality of life previously thought impossible.
Will the Buteyko method improve my sporting performance?
Yes, as optimum breathing is necessary for optimum physical performance. Please see the section Buteyko & Sport.
Can the Buteyko method be taught to Children?
Yes. It can be taught to children as young as three years old. The earlier we learn how to breathe correctly, the less we will rely drugs with known side effects. Please see the section Buteyko for Kids.
What about my doctor?
The Buteyko Method teaches the importance of breathing through the nose, how to practice simple breathing exercises and adopt lifestyle guidelines aimed at promoting good health. You are advised not to alter medications without the consent of a registered physician. Tell your doctor that you are taking the course so that he/she may monitor your progress. Most doctors are pleased to see their patients’ reliance on drugs of any kind reduced or diminished.
My condition is severe, will the Buteyko method help me?
Often, the more severe the problem the more dramatic the improvement. If in doubt, call us before enrolling on a course.
Why isn’t the Buteyko Method in general practice or available on the NHS?
It is hoped that when more doctors see the research and trial data, they will join the growing number of doctors who endorse and recommend this drug-free method.