Health Factors for Elderly Buteyko Breathing Students (Part 2)
By Artour Rakhimov (www.NormalBreathing.com)
Apart from breathing and physical exercises for elderly (Part 1), elderly
Buteyko students are going to benefit with easier breathing and higher
CPs from the following specific factors:
1. Grounding (Earthing)
Grounding was normal for 99% of human evolution due to barefoot
lifestyle and use of leather (conductive) shoes in more recent times.
However, due to invention of (nonconductive) rubber and surfaces on the
floor, it is often a serious technical challenge to ground an average
There are many commercial products that can be bought online (e.g.,
on Amazon), such as a grounding mat that can be used during sleep.
However, a better option is to use a piece of conductive fabric
attached to the sole of the feet, with the other end of the conductive
metal wire attached to one of the plumbing tubes or a radiator. More
details about grounding methods will be published later.
Grounding has a strong and sometimes very strong effect, especially
for people with low and very low CPs (less than 20 and 10 s). But even
breathing students with 30+ morning CPs usually experience positive
effects of Earthing. Depending on their health state, students may
require from 1-2 up to 5-8 hours of grounding per day. These ideas are
also applicable to those who are very old (over 80-90).
2. Shaking (vibrations of the human body)
Dr. Buteyko discovered positive effects of mechanical vibrations on
the human body about 4 decades before appearance of vibration machines
and devices that have been popular for about 10 years.
Absence of mechanical stimulation for tissues and bones leads to
such common concerns among the elderly as diverticulitis and
osteoporosis. Children do not have these problems because they jump and
get strong body shaking 1,000s times every day. However, with aging,
many people stop jogging, playing sports, and start to move slowly. As
a result, they do not experience any intensive mechanical stimulation
for the bones of organs.
Possible solutions are: resuming jogging for 30+ min per day, daily
skip roping (at least 20 min daily), or using a vibration machine for a
few minutes 2-3 times per day.
Those who are frail, or with physical impairments that restrict
exercise, or over 80, and who cannot afford a vibration machine will
benefit from a physical-exercise program that gradually introduces,
over a period of many months, more intensive types of shaking and body
vibrations. It is beyond the scope of this article to provide details
of this program here.
Another common feature of aging is absence of activities that
produce sweating or perspiration. This is another feature of the
traditional Buteyko method. As it was quoted in Part 1, Dr. Buteyko
said in his 1972 Lecture in the Moscow State University, âWe need about
three hours of hard work every day to perspire. This will be a standard
Is there a difference between different types of perspiration? Yes,
night sweats are symptoms of poor health. Sweating in a sauna is
healthy, but sweating due to exercise is even better (possibly much
Since it is harder to exercise rigorously and sweat with aging, the
elderly can use more (heavier) clothing during or at the end of
exercise. This simple method dramatically increases perspiration (up to
10 or more times).
Those breathing students who are prone to overheating and experience
headache and other symptoms after overheating can use warm vests or
jackets. This allows them to keep their arms and legs (for vests) or
legs only (for jackets) uncovered for better heat exchange during
The primary goal here is to have a large wet spots on a t-shirt
after exercise, while the criteria of success is absence of offensive
or unpleasant smell from perspiration (ancient yoga books also claim
that real yoga masters have sweet sweat).
Depending on the age and other factors, elderly breathing students
need to find natural methods (not night sweats) that allow them to have
4. Cold shower
Taking cold shower is another classical Buteyko technique. Hundreds
of recent clinical studies are focused on generation of brown fat cells
in the human body. In fact, it is possible that brown fat cells is one
of the most researched topic in modern medicine.
Since contemporary people do not stimulate themselves with cold
water, they gradually lose brown fat cells completely. The popular
suggested and investigated methods involve application of medical drugs
and other artificial techniques. However, the natural solution to this
challenge (how ot produce brown fat cells in the body) was provided
over 50 years ago by Dr. Buteyko. He advised the daily use of cold
shower (with certain rules explained, for example, here:
http://www.normalbreathing.com/l-cold-shower.php). Having over 20 s for
the current CP is one of these requirements.
The final goal for this technique is to gradually achieve 5 min of
ice cold water exposure per day in total. Practice shows that, with
self-discipline and perseverance, it is possible.
It is known that, with 20-25 s for the current CP, taking cold
shower is not an activity that Buteyko students crave for or enjoy.
However, life is a struggle for these CPs, and a failure to involve
these additional methods eventually leads to heavier breathing and
These specific health factors allow the elderly to keep easier
breathing with aging even when these students have less than 40 s for
their morning CPs. The most natural approach is to have over 50 s
morning CP so that less efforts are required, and the above mentioned
activities are pleasant and desirable.
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