Most common challenges and benefits of learning Buteyko breathing retraining technique exercises
The Buteyko method is based on such breathing changes so that to increase oxygenation of cells permanently and prevent any episodes of over-breathing. There are several breathing parameters of a person that should achieve certain specific numbers (find Buteyko Table of Health Zones for more detail). As a result, to master the Buteyko breathing technique means to permanently normalize one’s breathing pattern.
The chief test of the system is called the CP (control pause), which is the cells oxygenation mark. This uncomplicated DIY breath-holding time check is done after usual expiration and only until the initial distress. It measures one’s tissue oxygen content and health according to the Buteyko Table of Health Zones.
As clinical analysis shows severely ill patients are most likely to die during early morning hours (4-7 am), when our breathing is most heavy and tissue oxygen content lowest. This result has been shown for asthma, stroke, epilepsy, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, and many other diseases. Why? During the night we do not control our breath. Even for healthy people, breathing is heaviest from 4 to 7 am and the Control Pause is lowest during these times. Hence, the major damage to the human body: growth of tumors, cholesterol increase, spread of infections, pathological changes in tissues, more inflammation, mucus production, tissue and cell destruction etc., with resetting of the breathing centre back to over-breathing, happens during such times. The effects are shocking.
Hence, just learning Buteyko breathing exercises is ineffective. You should modify your basal breathing pattern and restrain your breathing all the time. Why?
If someone has a dry mouth every morning, he will never fix his health and his body oxygen content and CP will remain low. If another person sleeps each night on her back, her disease effects and usual breathing pattern will be almost unchanged even after hours of superior breath retraining exercises. Hence, it is important to learn the main principles of the Buteyko system. Before you begin any breathing retraining work, you should have a very clear objective where to go.
As a result, someone should be familiar with the following central topics:
- what is the key goal of breathing retraining therapy
- what are the normal and ideal breathing patterns
- how should we breathe for maximum cell oxygen content
- how to measure one's tissues oxygenation using the Control Pause test
- what are the properties of CO2, etc.
As about rewards of the breath retraining therapy, according to numerous medical studies, these are the chief results:
- chronic health problems are based on low tissues oxygenation
- sick people breathe much more than the standard (dozens of medical papers, visit my website for specific values)
- hyperventilation DECREASES body oxygenation
- restoration of normal breath values 24-7 eliminates symptoms of chronic health problems and medication needs.
Hence, if you restore normal breathing, you will be free from those nasty symptoms of chronic diseases that brings so much misery to modern people. There is much more information these days about details of the Buteyko breathing technique and breathing retraining methods for better body oxygenation.
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Here are additional details about Learning the Buteyko Method which includes free Buteyko breathing exercises and Modules related to lifestyle factors (how to prevent mouth breathing at night, how to unblock the nose, how to develop diaphragmatic breathing, etc.).
Heavy Breathing at Night provides medical review of studies and solutions related to severe heavy breathing problems in the sick (angina, stroke, epilepsy, asthma, COPD, etc.) and even most ordinary people.
Artour Rakhimov developed and designed the website www.NormalBreathing.com is the author of books devoted to breathing education, natural self-oxygenation, breathing retraining techniques, and Buteyko breathing retraining method exercises. He is a health teacher.