Buteyko Practitioner Training By Dr. Artour Rakhimov (Review)
General overview of Buteyko Teacher Training
Buteyko teacher training is now
organized by numerous trainers, clinics, and centers worldwide. Currently (November 2015
update), two largest Western organizations who offer certification
- BBEA (Buteyko Breathing Educators Association), mostly based in the
USA and Canada, but with many other practitioners located worldwide: http://www.buteykoeducation.org/.
- BIBH (Buteyko Institute of Breathing & Health). mostly known and
based in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK: http://www.buteyko.info/.
There are also courses for Buteyko practitioners offered
by Patrick McKeown (Ireland), Jennifer Stark (NZ), Glenn White (NZ), and many other teachers.
Which version of this breathing technique is taught in the Western world? The Buteyko
method was brought to the west mainly by Alexander Stalmatsky
in the 1990's. He taught thousands of students, mainly in Australia and
England. Many of his pupils later became practitioners and now offer
courses in practitioner certification and training.
Differences in training of new Buteyko instructors
Many decades ago, Dr. Buteyko noticed that Soviet doctors, who were teachers of this breathing method, had a strong tendency to teach their students only until the same level that this specific teacher had ever achieved. In other words, if a teacher had 30 s for his morning CP, as his best results, he would likely teach their students only until this level (and no more).
As a result of this observation, Dr. Konstantin Buteyko suggested that new breathing teachers would be required to achieve the physiological norm for breathing (6.5% CO2 in the lungs and arterial blood) 24/7 that corresponds to about 60 s for the morning CP test. This requirement was later introduced for certification of new Soviet and Russian breathing instructors.
Note that since the 1960's, in Russia and the former USSR, the Buteyko technique has been taught mainly by medical doctors and other health professionals, while less than 3% of all Western Buteyko teachers have had any formal medical education.
The main advantages and important features of Russian teaching
of the Buteyko method and Russian practitioner training relate to the following two areas:
- better knowledge related to lifestyle and other factors in order
to achieve the Buteyko golden standard of ideal health: 60 seconds for the morning CP (body-oxygen test). In other words, Russian patients or students achieve better long-term results.
- better knowledge and application of the Buteyko method in relation to
people with specific (hard) conditions, such as
hypertension, panic attacks, and migraine headaches (some Western
practitioners apply maximum pauses for these groups of people when they
still have low CPs), as well as diabetes, cancer, emphysema and other
serious or rare conditions that require additional lab tests and better knowledge of these pathologies.
However, these are average or general observations that cannot be applied to each Western or Russian Buteyko practitioner.