Before I started the course I had days I couldn’t leave the house as I had lack of energy and sometimes fell over. Pretty restrictive generally. It was tiredness and so much more; my body didn’t want to move and was in a lot of pain. Not much help available – GPs very bad with any support for this condition
The main outcome I’ve seen over this journey is an improvement in my life. I can now start back to work gradually anyway and begin to live my life. I’m aware what causes what, which for me is important. I know what to do and manage things easier.
I had a slight hesitation about starting the course; would it help with my physical issues I had? However, a surprise benefit was how quickly I felt an improvement
I would recommend this service to anyone as long as they were prepared to work every day – all the time. Now doing anything I think about my breathing.
My experience with the Buteyko method so far has been very positive. Both physical and emotional elements play a huge part so for me, I know that and now I know how and what to do if my breathing gets out of control, however some are n’t so self-aware. There should be more availability and information and clinicians to carry out this technique and available support for connecting issues – maybe too idealistic. I say this as the symptoms connected to this are huge and debilitating so surely makes sense to have more resources available.
(Jackie Holtom Oxford 2015)
Before I took the Buteyko breathing course I felt extremely frustrated, knowing that most of my health problems had one common link – overbreathing or erratic breathing. I had read a number of books on the subject, but as a teacher myself, realise that tuition is necessary to understand a subject fully.
Mine is a complex issue and I was somewhat disappointed by conventional medicine, which seems always geared to tablets, which are not always the answer. I have seen a number of excellent dentists, who explained my airway problems. I have also had lessons with an Alexander teacher, as my posture is poor from too much computing(!) and I am realising that improved alignment will be an important part of my recovery.
I had no hesitation about the course, I had researched the subject, which made perfect sense to me. Janet’s website is clear and informative and I knew I was on the right track.
I did not expect this to be easy and it is not, but I have received very clear instruction and it is up to me to follow the teaching and implement it. One thing I have really become aware of is my tendency to speak too quickly when teaching. Self awareness is extremely important and it is often another person who will point out what one is doing wrong!
The technique is very simple on paper, but harder to put into practice! As a languages teacher, much of my work consists of enabling people to break bad habits before they can put the correct ones in place. Buteyko is a little like that. It could benefit anyone who is willing to acknowledge that their health problem is actually caused by poor breathing patterns and has the motivation to carry out the exercises.
It would be of no use to those who insist that any form of breathing is acceptable and who do not worry that they mouth breathe or snore excessively! There has to be a willingness to change.
I am convinced that it could help many people, as so many issues seem connected to poor breathing. What a shame that so few people are aware of it and that it is not taught routinely in GP surgeries or hospitals/dental practices.
(Janet Ireland, French tutor, Wetherby 2014)