Healthy Breathing and Buteyko

Breathe to Relax

Breathing is the most important thing we do.

It affects all seven systems in our bodies very profoundly. If we have healthy breathing patterns, the whole body responds.
When healthy breathing returns, the symptoms of your condition are alleviated and begin to disappear.
As they disappear, you no longer need as much medication or use of a C-PAP machine. As you feel better, you develop a stronger immune system and can become more active.
This makes you more fit and better able to cope with your condition, so that eventually it is possible to be symptom free and have no need of medications.
Always follow your doctor's recommendations on the use of medications.

Learn and practice the Buteyko Breathing Method in Toronto.

About the Buteyko Breathing Method

The Buteyko Breathing Method is a series of breathing exercises that restore normal breathing patterns which help to maintain the correct ratio of oxygen and carbon dioxide within the bloodstream.

The Buteyko Method was developed by Russian physician Konstantin Buteyko, who as a medical student in the 1940s made an observation that has changed the management and lifestyle of thousands of people with asthma, sleep apnoea, snoring, allergies, hay-fever, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, high blood pressure, panic attacks and other breathing disorders.
According to his research, some 150 diseases are linked to dysfunctional breathing.

Dr. Buteyko noticed that the condition of patients in the acute respiratory ward deteriorated when their breathing rate increased. He also noticed that those who reduced or normalised their breathing rate began to recover.
This fact had been noted long before, and is based on a physiological phenomenon described by Dr. Christian Bohr in 1904 (the “Bohr Effect”) essentially, the more you breathe, the less oxygen is available to your tissues.

For more than thirty years Buteyko researched dysfunctional breathing and hyperventilation and the effect it has on the human body. His research and application of these observations allowed him to develop the breathing techniques that today bear his name.

Why restore normal breathing patterns

Breathlessness, sighing, snoring, nasal drip, poor sleep, fatigue, blocked nose, cold hands, frequent headaches – all these indicate poor breathing patterns which can lead to chronic debilitating conditions such as asthma, allergies, hay-fever, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, sleep apnoea, snoring, high blood pressure, fatigue, panic attacks and stress.

But if we start with the most basic of the basics – how we breathe – we can change our health in powerful and immediate ways.

The Buteyko Breath Retraining Method is a series of breathing exercises that restore normal breathing patterns.
When healthy breathing returns, symptoms are alleviated. As they disappear, you no longer need as much medication or use of a C-PAP machine. With less medication in your system, you feel better; the immune system strengthens and energy improves. This makes you more fit and better able to cope. It is possible to be symptom-free and drug-free! Breathing affects everything – right down to the cellular level.

This program is not about throwing away your drugs, nor does it involve physical therapy or meditation, vitamins, special diets, or any special equipment. People may find their need for medication decreasing over time; however, they are advised not to change any prescribed medication without consulting their doctor first.

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Benefits you may experience from improved breathing

  • Reduce or eliminate the medication you take
  • Learn how to use the least amount of medication for the greatest effectiveness
  • Be free from symptoms and cut out emergency trips to the hospital
  • Enjoy much better quality of sleep and eliminate snoring
  • Greatly reduce your absentee rate at work or school
  • Improve your athletic performance and reduce recovery time
  • Have greater understanding of your condition and learn to monitor it accurately
  • Find relief from the inconvenient and chronic conditions you have ‘learned to live with’
  • Engage in physical activity without fear of attack.
Your investment of time and money in retraining your breathing patterns will be repaid in a matter of weeks. In medications alone, people often recover the cost in a matter of months.


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“Everyone should know this. It works!”

Tom Byrne. Asthma sufferer for 74 years. Asthma Free since January 2006. 

FACT: 10 people die from asthma every week in Canada.