Buteyko Practitioner Training: Russian vs. Western Schools
Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Buteyko practitioner teacher and trainer
Buteyko teacher training is now
organized by numerous centers worldwide. Currently (August 2014
update), 2 largest organizations of practitioners who offer training
BBEA (Buteyko Breathing Educators Association), mostly based in the
USA and Canada, but with many other practitioners - 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) and other Buteyko Clinics.
method was brought to the Western world mainly by Alexander Stalmatsky,
who taught thousands of patients and numerous practitioners, many of
his pupils also offer courses in practitioner
From a typical Buteyko course, you can expect to get about 25 seconds
for the body-oxygen test. Sometimes, depending on the previous
background of the breathing teacher, there are additions to the
original Buteyko method taught by Soviet and Russian
MDs for decades. These additions and adaptations of the
Buteyko method are also reflected in Western training of Buteyko
In order to understand the levels and content of many training courses
for Buteyko practitioners worldwide, one needs to know first what is to
from a typical Buteyko course and what the differences between typical
Russian medical and prevalent Western teaching are.
Training of Buteyko
therapists: Russian MDs vs. Western teachers
The main advantages and important features of Russian medical teaching
of the Buteyko method and Russian training of Buteyko
practitioner relate to the following topics:
- better knowledge related to lifestyle and other factors in order
to get the Buteyko golden standard of health or 60 seconds for the
- more professional use of cold showers, hard beds, barefoot walking
and barefoot running for breathing retraining
- better knowledge and application of the Buteyko method in relation to
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
- some other topics mentioned below.
In order to evaluate the efficiency and professionalism of Buteyko
practitioner training and practical skills of the Buteyko trainers, you
can ask them the following
- Do you know the methods and techniques that are required to break
through 40 seconds morning CP threshold?
- Do you know how to deal with a loss of CO2 sensitivity?
- What are common signs that appear after breaking through the 40
s morning CP threshold?
- Is taking cold shower an important part of the Buteyko method?
- How much physical exercise per day is required to achieve over 60 s
and some others.
Do not assume that Western teachers and trainers deliberately
distort or suppress certain techniques and goals in their training
courses for Buteyko students and practitioners. They try to do their
best. But if they never experienced 40+ morning CP (even for a few
weeks), it is very hard or probably impossible to understand and teach
the method to the same extent as Buteyko and his top-notch doctors did.
However, even this application still makes a huge difference on
the health of students, who, after 3-6 months, make about the same
improvements as during Buteyko clinical trials. However, later, most
students stop practicing breathing exercises, and their health gets
slightly worse. Their breathing parameters become about the same as
those for the majority of population.
Thus, there is
another life up there (see the Table below). When the teachers and
trainers do not explain that, this prevents their
students from being motivated to become really healthy.
For details related to my Buteyko practitioner training (what is
taught, for how long, and so forth), you can visit this page.
There are video testimonials from my breathing teachers whom I trained about their experience:
- Misha Sakharoff speaks about his Buteyko practitioner training.
- Volker Schmitz shares his experience about the Buteyko practitioner trainer Dr. Artour Rakhimov.
Natural lifestyle choices before and after breathing retraining
||Body oxygen < 30 s
||Body oxygen > 50 s
||Medium, low, or very low
|Desire to exercise
||Not strong, but possible
||Craving and joy of exercise
|Intensive exercise with nose breathing
||Hard or impossible
||Easy and effortless
|Typical mind states
||Confusion, anxiety, depression
||Focus, concentration, clarity
|Craving for coffee, sugar and junk foods
|Addictions to smoking, alcohol, and drugs
|Desire to eat raw foods
||Weak and rare
||Very common and natural
||Rare and requires efforts
||Natural and automatic
||Often of poor quality; > 7 hours
||Excellent quality; < 5 hours naturally
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