Breathe Better, Live Better
Having experienced decades of chronic respiratory problems including asthma and bronchitis, which were life threatening on occasion, Jen was delighted to find the clinically proven Buteyko Breathing technique stopped the habit of poor breathing which maintained it. With her doctor’s support, she was able to stop using all medication for those problems. For 15 years she has been wheeze free, and a passionate advocate of the benefits of learning to breathe well.
For those already in good health, including athletes, better breathing offers measurable improvements in stamina, clearer thinking, more effective meditation, and increased ease of movement.
For those struggling to create or maintain well-being, it might surprise you to know that many of the most common health complaints in the western world have at least one consistent underlying element.
- Airway disorders including asthma, emphysema, snoring, sinusitis, COPD, hay fever
- Headaches, neck and shoulder pain, some forms of muscle spasm (largely from using the wrong muscles to breathe)
- Anxiety, panic and related phobic conditions
- Sleep problems
- Low energy and reduced stamina
- Hay fever, sinusitis, chronic rhinitis
- High blood pressure
It is the habit of poor breathing, particularly hyperventilation.
Since people breathe an average of over 20 thousand times a day, it’s vital to get it right! The medical benefits of good breathing are well-proven. Ask any physiotherapist or respiratory consultant! On the other hand, overbreathing, also known as hyperventilation, is simply breathing more air per minute than you need for the level of activity. Sounds harmless, doesn’t it?
For the results of a major clinical trial on Buteyko Breathing carried out at Glasgow University, please click HERE
Why it’s a problem (the technical bit)
However, our bodies need a very precise balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood stream AT ALL TIMES. That delicate balance is easily upset (think about how you feel if you blow up too many balloons!). This is simply because the body loses carbon dioxide too early in the breathing cycle.
It doesn’t matter much if it’s short term, but over time a process called the BOHR effect changes the PH of the whole system, reducing the rate of oxygen available to the cells. Breathing MORE actually makes it worse. At a specific level of carbon dioxide loss, smooth muscle tissue can go into spasm (key in asthma, IBS, or high blood pressure depending on the genetic history). Anyone can experience this – many Olympic athletes have asthma and related conditions, and people can develop the habit at any age, as a result of any long-term or intense strain on the system – flu, trauma, overload at work, pollution, pain from injury etc.
The body is conditioned to breathe too much all the time as a result of the well-known fight or flight response becoming habitual. It can then take very little to trigger the symptoms of asthma etc.
Enhancing health with better breathing habits
Fortunately over breathing is a reversible habit – no matter how long you’ve been doing it. As healthy breathing is reclaimed as ‘normal’, the body begins to heal itself.
Using the clinically proven Buteyko Breathing Method, developed by Professor Buteyko and used for over 50 years for a wide range of conditions, Jen has combined the process with relaxation techniques, NLP and (if desired) Reiki to create the Personal Best Programme.
The programme begins with a breathing assessment including breaths per minute, which muscles are used to breathe, and several simple tolerance tests. Participants learn a range of exercises to gradually reduce breathing rates sitting, walking, lifting light weights if appropriate, stair climbing etc and may even include going to the gym with them if that’s useful. Relaxation techniques are included so the process remains comfortable and pleasant.
Little and often, with small adjustments, the body rapidly remembers how to breathe efficiently and effectively, increasing the oxygen uptake (YES, by breathing LESS!) and improving energy levels.
Rapid results can be expected for many conditions. For example, over half of the asthmatics who have followed the Personal Best Programme with Jen have found they naturally need less than half their usual reliever sprays within the first week. (These are the medications doctors prescribe for immediate relief that are taken only when needed.)For most people, sleep rapidly improves, and energy levels rise steadily as oxygen reaches healthy levels.
For people experiencing panic or anxiety attacks, reversing hyperventilation is a key factor in the physical process of returning to calm. Habitually breathing calmly is an important element in dealing with, and ultimately preventing the distressing experience of many anxiety responses.
Naturally, you should consult your doctor before reducing preventative medication of any kind.
There are programmes suitable for ages 6+. Combined with relaxation skills and powerful NLP techniques for personal change this ground breaking Programme changes lives. The core programme of 4 to 5 sessions is usually enough for people with mild conditions to retrain their breathing and reverse symptoms. More may be needed for severe or complex concerns, but generally phone support is sufficient for most people. Although support is always available, it is our intention that you become independent and confident in applying the principles to create your desired level of health and well-being for life
Feel noticeably better after every session (your definition!) or don’t pay me for that session!
If you’re concerned about ‘therapy’ involving painful explorations of past experiences, or taking long periods of time, you’ll be delighted to know that using techniques such as NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Hypnosis, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) offer a quick, gentle and effective approach!
Much of the work can be done ‘content free’ using processes that access the experience without pain or distress. Many of my clients are delighted to find that they have spent much of their session comfortably relaxed, even laughing, discovering how easy change can be.
What a relief!