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The Buteyko Method. Breathing Exercises in North London. Asthma Symptoms Relief


Practitioner Teaches The Buteyko Method in North London UK

 Kathryn Godfrey

Shine Holistic
52 Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16
Tel: 020 7241 5033
Email: kathryngodfrey@blueyonder.co.uk
Website: www.breathewell.co.uk

What is the Buteyko method?

Buteyko breathing therapy provides safe, effective and drug-free help for people with breathing related conditions.

Buteyko method is a breathing retraining programme which focuses on normalising your breathing pattern through a series of breathing exercises and techniques.

The techniques of the Buteyko method were developed in Russia in the 1970s where it is an accepted and known treatment. Buteyko is named after Russian professor Konstantin Buteyko who developed the therapy. During his medical training he found that the sicker a patient was the more they breathed. As a result he became interested in the connection between breathing and health and developed the Buteyko method which retrains breathing patterns with the ultimate aim of encouraging the patient to breathe less.

The Buteyko method is not a cure for asthma or other respiratory conditions but is a way of controlling and managing symptoms. Indeed Buteyko breathing is recommended in national guidance produced by the British Thoracic Society for control of the symptoms of asthma.

During a course of treatment with a Buteyko practitioner, patients learn a series of breathing exercises which reduce their breathing. The therapy also focuses on the patient learning techniques for managing and controlling their symptoms which are gradually incorporated into every day life and routine.

The exercises do not need to be performed daily indefinitely. Once symptoms have been brought under control, the exercises can be used as a first response to symptoms. Patients are encouraged to recognise what triggers their symptoms and to be prepared to use the Buteyko exercises as prevention.

Buteyko breathing therapy is well established in Australia and New Zealand and is gradually becoming more recognised and used here in the UK.

Most people will need to see a Buteyko breathing therapist for five weekly sessions with a follow-up appointment a few weeks later. For those with more chronic asthma or other long-term conditions, a longer course of treatment may be required.

The Buteyko method is suitable for both adults and children. Children often respond very quickly to breathing retraining as their breathing habit is less well established.

Your Therapist
Kathryn Godfrey is a Buteko breathing therapist and is a member of the Buteyko Breathing Association. She qualified as a nurse and a health visitor before becoming interested in breathing therapy and becoming a Buteyko teacher.

The Buteyko Breathing Association ensures best standards of practice among its members. For more information about the association go to www.buteykobreathing.org.

Please get in touch with Kathryn if you would like to discuss how Buteyko breathing therapy could help you and you would like to be taught by a qualified buteyko instructor, or phone Shine Holistic of Stoke Newington, Hackney, north London on 020 7241 5033 or 020 7249 9671 to make an appointment.

Further Information About The Buteyko Breathing Technique

Over half a century ago, a Russian doctor, Konstantin Buteyko was the first scientist to uncover a method of improving the health of people with a number of chronic conditions, particularly asthma. The answer lies in our pattern of breathing. Most of us breathe too deeply, and all asthmatics have incorrect breathing patterns. Buteyko’s observations suggest that a higher proportion of carbon dioxide, traditionally regarded as a waste product of breathing, is essential if the body is to function properly. The brain has to be retrained to allow for shallower breathing patterns to become established.

In a clinical trial carried out in Australia, asthma sufferers who tried Buteyko’s method of breathing reconditioning reported a 90% reduction in their dependence on medication.

Dr Gerald Spence, a general practitioner in Glasgow, uses the technique on some of his asthma patients. He has found that it "makes people much more responsive to conventional therapy," and says that using the technique saves his practice about £10000 annually because of the decreased need for medication.

The method consists of a simple programme of exercises that anyone can learn with a trained instructor.

To learn more about the Buteyko technique please visit the The Buteyko Breathing Association at www.buteykobreathing.org