The Buteyko Breathing Method
Buteyko is the breathing retraining and health education program which provides the maximum relief of symptoms and the minimum use of medication and devices.
This website is designed to provide concise information on Buteyko Breathing and its application for specific conditions , as well as improving general health.
Paul O'Connell has conducted Melbourne Buteyko Breathing exercises & courses since 1994 for over 8,000 people around Australia and in several other countries. He is a founding member of the Buteyko Institute of Breathing & Health (BIBH) , and has been the Chief Executive Officer since 2000.
Sleep Apnoea & Snoring
Snoring is well known for disturbing the sleep of others. But for the snorer, it can often lead to serious health complications, and in particular sleep apnoea. This involves temporarily stopping breathing during sleep for periods as long as a minute or even more.
Symptoms often seen in people with snoring and sleep apnoea include unrefreshed and interrupted sleep, choking or gasping during sleep, heavy breathing interrupted by pauses (apnoea), waking with a snort, feeling like choking or drowning, restless legs and day time fatigue.
By retraining the breathing pattern with the Buteyko Method, people quickly see a natural decrease in symptoms offering sleep apnoea relief and snoring relief.
Several clinical trials since 1994 have shown the effectiveness of the Buteyko Method for reducing symptoms and the need for medication.
During the early 1990's in Australia, there were numerous media features of asthma success stories with Buteyko. As a result, the first of these trials occurred.
Over 90% of asthma sufferers show significant improvement within a week of starting the Buteyko course.
The Buteyko Institute Method is taught by practitioners registered with the Buteyko Institute of Breathing & Health (BIBH). The Buteyko course consists of 5 sessions of 90 minutes. The first course session is also offered as a free seminar, and is also available online (see left).
Buteyko course attendees are taught how to retrain their breathing to enable them to breathe correctly when sleeping, exercising, speaking, eating, and performing all daily activities.