How to Learn the Buteyko method or Retrain Breathing
The goal of the Buteyko method is to bring about breathing in
accordance with internationally accepted medical and physiological
norms and standards. Practically, the method is intended to eliminate
chronic alveolar hyperventilation (or breathing too much) and to
restore normal balance between carbon dioxide and oxygen in the lungs,
blood and all cells.
3 levels of learning the Buteyko technique
* Level 1 "Survival". The student is able to
eliminate the main symptoms of own health problems (e.g., asthma, heart
disease, epilepsy, sinusitis, eczema, insomnia, constipation, etc.)
using the Emergency Procedure so that the Emergency Procedure can
substitute the use of medication or significantly reduce the dosage
(e.g., twice). Such students have low CP s (usually about 5-15 s),
while elimination or reduction in medication is their main practical
result. Only about 10% learners or less are satisfied with this level.
It takes about 1-2 days to learn.
* Level 2 "Existence". The student partly
normalized own breathing until about 25-35 s CP, so that he has no need
for medication and does not experience the symptoms of his main health
problem, e.g., asthma, bronchitis, heart disease, epilepsy, sinusitis,
eczema, etc. However, such learner can still suffer from airways
inflammation, allergies, GI problems, hormonal problems, and
musculo-skeletal problems. Various medical drugs can be required to
control symptoms of these “high-CP” diseases, This is the level
achieved by most people on the west. It takes about 1- 3 months to
* Level 3 "Normal health". The student has no less
than 60 s at any moment of the day. Such CPs provide the guarantee
about absence of pathologies and symptoms related to many degenerative
health conditions (over 150 so called “diseases of civilization”).
Achievement of this level requires will power, self-discipline,
determination and excellent knowledge of the Buteyko method. There are
many students world-wide (and thousands in Russia) who got there and
none has regrets about the time and energy spent. The final goal of the
method for Level 3 is normalization of breathing. Among parameters of
normal breathing, according to Doctor Buteyko, are: 60 s CP (breath
holding time at rest, after quiet expiration, with no stress at the end
of test); 4 l/min ventilation rate (for a 70-kg man); and 6.5% CO2
(about 46 mm Hg CO2 at sea level) in alveoli and arterial blood. As we
can see here, his parameters are more rigorous than typical medical and
physiological norms: 40 s CP; 6 l/min; 40 mm Hg at sea level (or about
5.3%). Most people can achieve this level, while following the ideal
specially tailored program, within 2-5 months, but for severely sick
people it often takes 0.5-2 years to get there.
You can find more details about these 3 levels and how I teach these
levels to my students (during live courses and online) here:
Learning options: taking a course, from a book or DVD,
or the do-it-yourself way?
The Buteyko method usually includes 2 parts: breathing exercises to
be practiced by the patient (about 1 hour per day at least) and common
sense activities that reverse chronic hyperventilation (e.g., breathing
only through the nose, prevention of over-eating, prevention of
sleeping on the back, etc. )
Learning in a group from an experienced teacher (who knows
how to get 60 s CP) is the optimum way. Ask your teacher if he or she
knows how to get CP 60. If they do not have it (and therefore do not
know the way to CP 60), you can still get about CP 30-40 while learning
from a teacher or in a group. There are only a few experienced teachers
in Canada and the USA (and tens of new ones), but hundreds in the UK or
Australia. Why? Because it was introduced in Australia about 15 years
ago, in the UK about 10 years ago, and about 5 years ago in the USA and
Learning from a book or DVD is possible but not easy for most
people since Buteyko exercises are quite complicated and challenging to
execute correctly. However, if you achieve up to 25-30 s CP using
breathing devices, then learning Buteyko exercises is easy.
This site provides more information about the Frolov breathing
device and Amazing DIY breathing device, as well as details of the
Buteyko exercises and lifestyle changes.
New breathing students with terminal conditions (end-stage disease) are accepted on CureEndStageDisease.com with Dr. Artour's Triple Guarantee.
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