The Buteyko Breathing Technique
Do you find it difficult to get a full night’s sleep? Do you suffer from snoring, sleep apnoea, asthma, hay fever, anxiety, mouth breathing, or other respiratory ailments? If so, the Buteyko Breathing method might be what you are looking for. We have over twenty years of experience, and in that time have worked with thousands of people, just like you to help them live a healthier, happier life.
Many people these days are seeking an alternative to using long term medication and other devices to help them sleep and breathe better. We offer the Buteyko Breathing course to small groups or one on one, for people who prefer a natural way of improving their breathing habits and their overall health. We are located in Fitzroy, Melbourne, and also work in other areas.
If this sounds like you, then contact us for more information. We offer an initial free seminar so you can better understand our breathwork techniques, and are happy to answer any questions you may have specific to the condition you are suffering with. There is a lot of information on this website to help you get a better idea about Buteyko Breathing, and you can now also complete our Buteyko Breathing course online, making the benefits available to people from all over the world.
Paul O'Connell is the director of Buteyko Health & Breathing and regularly conducts Buteyko breathwork courses in Australia. He has taught the method since 1994 to over 8,500 people and trained over 60 Buteyko Practitioners in several 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.
The Buteyko Breathing method was introduced to Australia in 1990. It was first developed by the Russian medical scientist, Professor Konstantin Buteyko in the 1950s. After years of suppression under the communist regime, it was finally endorsed by the Soviet Health Ministry in the mid 1980s. The method quickly achieved significant anecdotal success in Australia for its ability to provide asthma sufferers with quick and sustained relief from symptoms, and a decrease in the need for medication. Hundreds of features in print media and on radio and television began to appear. As the public and media pressure increased, the first clinical trial outside Russia was conducted in Brisbane in late 1994.
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.
How does the Buteyko Method work?
Buteyko Breathwork Courses
The Buteyko Institute Method is taught by practitioners registered with the Buteyko Institute of Breathing & Health (BIBH). The Buteyko breathwork 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 breathwork to retrain their breathing to enable them to breathe correctly when sleeping, exercising, speaking, eating, and performing all daily activities.