Buteyko Breathing

Buteyko Breathing is a form of breath-work designed to restore breathing patterns back to normaland is effective in the treatment of conditions such as asthma, anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia and sleep apnoea.
The Buteyko Method can also be used to optimise sports performance due to its ability to enhance cellular oxygenation.

Breathing is a fundamental mechanism needed to sustain life, but did you know that your breath can profoundly influence your health?

While breathing is an involuntary act, it is subject to change by the stresses of everyday life, processed foods, excessive talking and sitting, lifestyle choices and environmental factors.

Functional Breathing

Functional breathing involves breathing in and out through the nose. The breath is light, regular, effortless with the primary movement coming from the diaphragm.

Dysfunctional Breathing

Dysfunctional breathing is generally upper chest breathing, often through the mouth. This can cause airways to narrow and reduce blood circulation and oxygen delivery.

  1. Signs associated with dysfunctional breathing patterns
    • Disproportionate breathlessness during rest or physical activity.

    • The feeling of not getting enough air or the inability to take a satisfying breath.

    • Frequent yawning or sighing.

  2. Conditions associated with dysfunctional breathing patterns:
    • Asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, rhinitis.

    • Sleep apnoea, snoring, and insomnia.

    • Stress, anxiety, and panic disorder.

    • Stunted craniofacial development in children.

Biophilia Health Buteyko Breathing Group Class

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A Certified Buteyko Method Instructor can teach you how to decongest the nose, switch to nasal breathing and ensure the restoration and maintenance of functional breathing patterns. Exercises are simple and can be taught to adults and children over 5 years of age.

Expected benefits with the application and maintenance of the Buteyko Method include deeper sleep, more energy, increased feelings of calm, better digestion, and enhanced cognition and exercise performance. You will also learn how to manage and reduce the symptoms of asthma, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, sleep apnoea and snoring.

Learn the Buteyko Method in 4 sessions over 4-weeks in a supportive group class setting. For more information or to book your place in our next round of group classes, click the link below:

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  1. What is Buteyko Breathing?

    Buteyko Breathing is a breath-work technique that involves slowing down your breathing rate and reducing the volume of air you breathe in and out. It was developed by the Russian physician, Dr Konstantin Buteyko in the 1950s and is based on his discovery that hyperventilation syndrome (or chronic over-breathing) can contribute to or worsen a vast range of health problems. After Dr Buteyko developed the technique he experienced great success treating different conditions such as asthma, anxiety, and high blood pressure.

  2. How long does it take for Buteyko to work?

    The length of time it takes to experience improvements to your health depends on the individual and the condition/s being treated. Some people report feeling better after just a few minutes of practicing the exercises (e.g. anxiety and panic attacks), while others may take several weeks or months to see significant improvements (e.g. chronic asthma or sleep apnoea).

    Regular and consistent practice of the method generally results in quicker results, and integration of the core breathing principles into your daily life will help to maintain these results. It’s important to note that Buteyko Breathing should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment when it’s needed, and you should always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new therapy or treatment.

  3. What are the potential benefits of Buteyko Breathing?

    Buteyko Breathing has been associated with a range of potential benefits, including:

    1. Improved respiratory function: By slowing down breathing and reducing the volume of air taken in, Buteyko Breathing can help improve the function of the respiratory system, making it more efficient and reducing the risk of respiratory problems.
    2. Reduced asthma symptoms: Studies have shown that Buteyko Breathing can help reduce the frequency and severity of asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.
    3. Better sleep: Buteyko Breathing can help reduce snoring and sleep apnea, leading to better sleep quality and less daytime fatigue.
    4. Lower blood pressure: By reducing the rate of breathing, Buteyko Breathing can help lower blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health.
    5. Reduced anxiety: The relaxation techniques used in Buteyko Breathing can help reduce anxiety and stress, promoting a greater sense of calm and wellbeing.

    And much, much more such as better digestion, increased cognition or mental focus, more consistent energy levels, and improved immune function. Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional before starting any new therapy or treatment.