Thank you Stanford. Years ago, when asked about Buteyko by a Neurologist in the US, I described it as a technical explanation, as to why Yogic breathing has always worked.
Prof. Buteyko and the Yogis were looking for different things, but they separately found the same answers.
We all need boffins and while we may ‘know’ things, we therapists need scientists to demonstrate exactly how things work. Knowing, means we are not reliant on belief.
Read more here.
A brief radio clip on some new Asthma diagnostics, which could prove very valuable.
For anyone feeling that exercise of any sort with your mouth closed is too difficult. Difficult perhaps, but possible for anyone.
This man is 105 and runs the 100m in 42 secs, without being out of breath at the end. That is the efficiency of good breathing.
Watch here and be inspired.
I was asked by a Personal Trainer after speaking at this year’s CamExpo, whether Buteyko exercises could do the same as HIIT to improve V02 max output.
Q: Will Buteyko exercises improve V02 Max results?
A: The answer is yes, but not directly.
This is a very cheery story. We need more of those.
I have protected her identity to focus on her results.
Here is my Buteyko story :
“I’ve been diagnosed with asthma, which very quickly developed in a severe form. I had to use prescribed medication, the well-known “puffers” that have written, as a warning, on the Patient Information that “it could worsen the medical condition of asthma patients”… scary, isn’t it?
Professor Cecilie Svanes of University of Bergen, Norway has published research, which was presented to the European Respiratory Society in Munich.
It shows that men who smoke in their teens stand a more than 50% chance of having children with non-allergic Asthma (that excluding Hay ever). If they smoked before age 15, this could be as high as 60%. This is only reduced if the men give up more than 5 years before conceiving.
The study covered 13000 men and women in total and the women’s habits were not implicated.
I believe this result was not expected.
Oxygen carries no regulatory function in the body. The body simply uses it to oxidise other substances. We are not sensitive to it, as there is 20 times more in the atmosphere than we need at any time.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is an “informative humeral vital constant, which regulates – without exception – all body functions”. We are very sensitive to it and more importantly its loss as there is only 1/200th in the atmosphere of what we need.
For most of us, what we have come to know as breathing is in fact over-breathing. Taking in and breathing out a higher volume of air than our body needs. So why should this be a problem you may ask. Isn’t lots of deep breathing healthy? It’s a fair question, based on what we think about oxygen and carbon dioxide.
Up to this year, I was firmly in the, oxygen good/carbon dioxide bad camp with most others. Only now do I understand how valuable and scarce carbon dioxide is for our bodies. This is not to be confused with the CO2 emissions in the environmental news. The way our bodies work, we have to make the CO2 we need and hold on to it for internal uses, but with all this deep breathing and over breathing, we lose what we need and this creates symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, snoring, sleep disruption, poor digestion and many, many others.
Declan Clark has been a therapist for 29 years. With understanding of the body, an interest in fascia, and as a Buteyko Breathing Educator, Declan brings things together to help people live better lives.