I have been struggling with poor sleep, low energy and palpitations for the past five years. Although I have experienced some improvement with various alternative therapies nothing had really resolved my insomnia and consequent exhaustion.
However, since practicing the simple Buteyko breathing exercises I have slept well for the past five weeks and have more energy than I can remember for many years – so much so I am planning a long-distance charity bike ride. I feel generally calmer,
my hands and feet are no longer blocks of ice and my chill blains have disappeared! What a wonderful, simple therapy.
NB Lisa completed her 200 mile bike ride in the highlands of Scotland, raising money for a dyslexia charity!
(Lisa Rutter, Holistic therapist High Peak 2012 )
I came upon the Buteyko method at a particularly anxious time in my life. My responses to stress were clearly having a detrimental effect on my physical well being. This course helped me to understand that I had been hyperventilating for some years. My breathing pattern was erratic: mouth breathing, breath holding or taking deep breaths, sighing and yawning seemed to feature. My family complained about my snoring and my sleep was disrupted. My blood pressure was high.
Initially I found the breathing exercises time consuming but I soon found ways to integrate them into my daily routine as I began to see the benefits of the practice. I feel calmer, more energised and I am sleeping better, without snoring.
The Buteyko method has given me a daily support mechanism and an emergency medical kit when times get hard.
(Teresa, High Peak 2012)
I started visiting Janet 8 weeks ago so I am still working on improving my breathing. The reason for my starting the course was the frequent chest infections I have always been bothered with- and which seem to be lasting longer.
Before I took the Buteyko breathing course I was struggling to get over a type of viral bronchitis. My main problems were exhausting cough, blocked sinuses and poor sleep, with inevitable energy loss and low morale. The GP had advised me to give it time and rest.
I did hesitate before starting the course because of the financial commitment but the symptoms began to improve within the first few days of the breathing course, which was so encouraging. I was amazed how the nose breathing eased the mucus/sinus congestion and rapidly the coughing. Nose breathing at night also brought much improved sleeps.
It is a challenge to do the exercises regularly (and my breath control during speech is my biggest challenge) but I have been amazed at how much my whole quality of life has improved and the welcome sense of calm that comes with practicing the Buteyko breathing exercises.
Janet gave good clear guidance and kind support which made for an enjoyable and positive experience.
(Collette, High Peak 2013)