Buteyko Breathing Re-education

Most people do not think about their breathing and how it might be affecting their health.  It may surprise you to know that just as you can eat too much, you can actually "breathe too much".  Modern culture and way of life has  changed the amount of air we breathe due to the following reasons:  failure to establish nasal breathing and proper oral posture, failure to address tongue ties,  sedentary lifestyles, overdressing and warm temperatures.  Poor breathing habits can contribute to asthma, allergies, chronic  pain, poor posture, fatigue, anxiety, sleep disordered breathing, gastrointestinal problems and even weight gain.

Buteyko breathing is a methodology developed by Dr. Konstatin Buteyko.  It's purpose is to retrain the  brainstem (region of brain that controls breathing) to send signals to the respiratory system that optimize our breathing rate and volume. Buteyko breathing re-education involves specific strategies, exercises as well as the elimination of habits that encourage over-breathing.  Buteyko breathing is best learned with a trained professional and then can be maintained individually.

Breathing reeducation is also an important complement to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy because they both require nasal breathing. 

As you learn to breathe properly at the optimal rate and volume, you will likely experience more energy, less anxiety, less pain, less asthma, less allergies and better sleep.  You may also experience lowered blood sugar and better diabetic control.  Changing your breath can have profound physiological and psychological effects.

Heather is a Diploma level practictioner of the Buteyko Breathing Method and has over 90 hours of training in this technique.  She has been integrating Buteyko Breathing in her practice for over four years.

Patrick McKeown and Dr. Christian Guilleminault

Myself and collegues at Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Conference on Sleep Disordered Breathing and TMD, Spring 2015

"We must have our children learn how to keep their lips together and breathe through their nose."

Dr. Christian Guilleminault at Austrailia Sleep Conference March 2014

© 2014 by Heather McWilliams MSPT

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