Buteyko Practitioner Training: Russian vs. Western Schools

Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Buteyko practitioner teacher and trainer

Artour Rakhimov, PhD, Buteyko breathing practitioner trainerButeyko teacher training is now organized by numerous centers  worldwide. Currently (August 2014 update), 2 largest organizations of practitioners who offer training are:

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.

The Buteyko 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 training.

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 practitioners.

In order to understand the levels and content of many training courses for Buteyko practitioners worldwide, one needs to know first what is to expect 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 body-oxygen test
- 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 people with 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 conditions
- 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 questions:
- 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 CP?
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

Lifestyle factor: Body oxygen < 30 s Body oxygen > 50 s
Energy level Medium, low, or very low High
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 Present Absent
Addictions to smoking, alcohol, and drugs Possible Absent
Desire to eat raw foods Weak and rare Very common and natural
Correct posture Rare and requires efforts Natural and automatic
Sleep Often of poor quality; > 7 hours Excellent quality; < 5 hours naturally

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