BUTEYKO BREATHING METHOD
Join Pam Killeen as she explains the important connection between diet, dental health, breathing, stress and adrenal health. She also describes the link between three prominent health pioneers, Drs. Weston A. Price, Hans Selye and Konstantin Buteyko. Click here to watch her PowerPoint presentation.
I’m pleased to announce that I’m now offering a separate educational program to help those struggling with respiratory conditions including asthma, rhinitis, sleep apnea and snoring problems.
Over a span of five one-on-one Skype video calls, I’m teaching the Buteyko Breathing Method. Each class lasts approximately 45 minutes. For optimal results, the first three sessions should take
place over a two-week period. And, the last two sessions should be scheduled once a week thereafter. In total, the duration of the course will take place over a period of approximately four
• Information about the theory and principles behind the benefits of the Buteyko breathwork.
• Instructions on how to do the Buteyko breathing exercises.
• Personalized breathing exercises that are appropriate for you.
• Guidance as to how to apply the Buteyko breathing principles in your day-to-day lives.
• A chart to monitor to your progress through the duration of the five sessions.
To help explain the principles behind the Buteyko Breathing Method, please watch the above video PowerPoint seminar entitled, Living Without Asthma. While the focus of my presentation is about asthma, the breathwork itself can also help with a variety of other respiratory conditions [rhinitis, sleep apnea, snoring problems, and lung illnesses such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema].
WHY LEARN THE BUTEYKO BREATHING METHOD?
It’s abundantly clear that humans aren’t adapting well to our Fast New World. Just look around and witness the unprecedented rates of chronic illness and mental disorders that are so prevalent today. One of the greatest assaults on our overall health, including our nervous system, has been the reduction or elimination of animal fat in our diet.* To add insult to injury, in our Fast New World, we’re living unrealistically busy lives. As our lives have become more frenzied, and we’ve strayed away from a traditional foods diet, we’re sicker, fatter and more depressed than ever before in the history of humankind.
A busy lifestyle also means that we risk constantly pushing ourselves into a stressful “fight or flight” mode. When stressed, we tend to increase our breathing rate. As you can see from the chart, several decades ago, we breathed much less that we do today. When we overbreathe, we expel unnaturally high amounts of carbon dioxide. Until I learned about the work of the Russian doctor, Konstantin Buteyko, I used to believe that CO2 was just a waste gas. But it serves a very important role in the body. We need CO2 in order to be able to use our oxygen. So, it’s very important that we breathe correctly. Otherwise, we will reduce our body’s ability to use oxygen (which can, in turn, contribute to serious problems with our overall health).
A large part of my work involves helping my clients relax their overburdened nervous systems. In other words, when in a chronic “fight or flight” state, we’re operating in a state of sympathetic dominance. In a nutshell, that means our nervous system is in overdrive, always preparing for an emergency. And, so, we can’t feel relaxed (we can look relaxed on the outside, but internally, we can feel both “wired and tired”). Once in a constant state of sympathetic dominance, it can be difficult to escape…which is unfortunate because being in this very unhealthy state can contribute to a host of chronic health problems (chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, obsessive compulsive disorder, insomnia, anger, rage, inflammation, arthritis, learning and behaviors disorders including attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, allergies, sleep disorders including, insomnia, etc.).**
As you’ll see in the above video, when in a “fight or flight” mode, this can cause us to overbreathe. As Dr. Konstantin Buteyko discovered, overbreathing is associated with many of the chronic illnesses we’re witnessing today.
Humans are supposed to be in a parasympathetic (relaxed) state. Being in a relaxed state helps to restore the body into homeostasis (balance). In other words, if we want to live a happy, healthy and whole life, our nervous system should be in a state of “resting and digesting.” We should feel happy, relaxed, rested, calm, focused, motivated, cooperative, social.
In order to create a more relaxed state, some people might find that meditation may be of help. However, I find that the vast majority of my clients are too agitated to benefit from meditation (for those in a sympathetic dominant state, meditation can be more of a chore than a pleasure). This is one reason why I would recommend using the Buteyko breathwork. The Buteyko Breathing Method is not a meditation per say; rather, you will be focusing more on your slowing down your breathing, which helps turn on the parasympathetic nervous system. As Dr. Buteyko discovered, when his patients were able to reduce their breathing, they were able to dramatically improve their health.
To find out how the Buteyko breathwork can help with Snoring and Sleep Apnea, click here.
To find out how the Buteyko breathwork can help with Anxiety, Panic Attacks & Stress, click here.
To find out how the Buteyko breathwork can help with Breathing and Childhood development, click here.
If you’re interested in enrolling in my 5-part Skype coaching session, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can send you an Initial Questionnaire form specific for the Buteyko Breathing Method.
There is breathing/awareness “homework” each day. The maximum commitment to do the structured exercises is about one hour per day, but then tapers off as your breathing is retrained. Eventually, the structured exercises become unnecessary and healthy breathing becomes automatic.
REGULAR COST $450 (INCLUDING HST)
INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL, LIMITED TIME OFFER
$350 (INCLUDING HST)
* This is why, for optimal results, I recommend that my clients return to eating a traditional foods diet, or three square meals per day. The foundation of this diet is based upon the work of Dr.
Weston A. Price, author of the book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. For more information about the diet I recommend, please refer
to my FAQ page. You can also find many helpful videos explaining the work of Dr. Weston A. Price on my
Vimeo Channel, Daily Motion Channel or Vimeo on Demand.
** This is why I don’t treat illnesses. I find that treating an illness or symptom has very limited effects. Instead, I prefer to help my clients identify and correct the underlying reasons why they’re sick in the first place.
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