Stop or Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke, Acute Asthma, Seizures
using Buteyko Emergency Procedure
(4-A. Shallow Breathing or Shallow Breath or Reduced breathing
Instead of frequent and deep breathing, you need a slower and
shallower breathing pattern. It is called "shallow breathing" or
"shallow breath" or "reduced breathing". This is the main Buteyko
breathing method exercise. Very heavy breathing and low body
oxygenation are possible when: 1) you take large inhalations; 2) they
forcefully exhale air out of the lungs, instead of simple relaxation of
all breathing muscles to produce quiet natural exhale; 3) you are
likely to breathe using your chest, not the diaphragm.
Learn more here, if you missed this important idea:
4 regular breathing patterns
and corresponding body-oxygen levels.
Hence, one should take smaller inhalations using their tummy
and then relax all breathing muscles for exhalations as shown here:
- 1. Relax all your muscles in any comfortable position
with a straight spine, which is favorable for complete relaxation.
Such relaxation normally produces quiet spontaneous exhalation.
- 2. At the end of this exhalation, pinch your nose with two
fingers and hold your breath for about 1-2 seconds.
- 3. Since the feeling of air hunger at the end of this breath
holding is not strong, take in (or inhale) less air than you did before
(“breathe less”) but using the tummy mainly or only
- 4. For exhalation, you need just to relax, while keeping all
breathing muscles, including chest-shoulders and diaphragm muscles,
- 5. Again, take in (or inhale) small amount of air (“breathe
- 6. And just relax all the body.
- 7. Continue to breathe in such a
shallow relaxed manner, with constant air hunger for about 1 minute.
Repeat again and again this 1 minute cycle from steps 2 to 6:
short breath hold (1-2 s) – smaller inhalation – relaxation of all
muscles for exhalations. In other words, every minute you do short
breath holds (1-2 s) and RB (reduced breathing) between them, as shown
Breath hold (1-2 s) - Reduced breathing (1 min) -
- Breath hold (1-2 s) - RB (1 min) -
- Breath hold (1-2 s) - RB (1 min) -
- Breath hold (1-2 s) - RB (1 min) - End.
About your medication
medication, continue the
Emergency Procedure. Monitoring the severity of the symptoms. If it is
still not possible to stop an attack (e.g., angina pectoris), again
take 1/3 of your usual dose. Do the Emergency Procedure once more.
Russian medical doctors and practitioners found that most patients
could eliminate their symptoms in 1-5 minutes (Buteyko, 1977).
Optional: Additional practical recommendations in order to
have better relaxation
When you are not sure about chest-shoulders-neck-jaws muscles,
tense them maximally or almost maximally for 1-2 s and, then, relax.
That can be done with the whole area of muscles or, if difficult, with
separate muscular groups, one by one.
Using such tensing-relaxing, clearly and vividly visualize
your body or body parts, first, during tensing, as a steel spring,
which is hard and strong, and seconds later, during relaxation, as a
large soft piece of dough, or jelly fish or CO2 molecule floating above the ocean. Other
images, of course, can be used, e.g., during tensing, as an
over-inflated water-filled balloon, resilient and firm, which suddenly
loses pressure and becomes soft and shapeless and filled with air
Since muscular tension during the breathing exercises should
be experienced only in the area of the diaphragm, one can imagine and
visualize how all tension, stress and pressure descend or slide down
from the head, neck, shoulders, and chest to the area around the
You can massage this area (chest-shoulders-neck-jaws muscles)
with your hands or, if you have a relative or friend around, ask
him/her to do that.
During the Emergency Procedure, the relaxation of the
diaphragm and skeletal muscles is possible, only if the amount of air
in the lungs is near the physiological volume (such a lung state is
achieved, when people suddenly lose their consciousness or are properly
relaxed). Having more air in the lungs is undesirable, due to the
appearance of tightness in respiratory muscles. Keep in mind that
Buteyko breathing method exercises allow maximum time spent in a state
of relaxation for all muscles of the body. This is also true for
"reduced breathing" ("shallow breathing" or "shallow breath").
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