Learn The Buteyko Breathing Method together with your Child

Bond with your child while you both learn how to achieve the most vital characteristic of good health: Optimal breathing. When your child can breathe better, they will develop their airways better, sleep better and have better focus.

  • One to one learning with lots of time for questions

  • Learn when it’s convenient for you

  • Learn at your own pace

  • Easy scheduling and rescheduling of sessions

  • Class notes on completion

  • Affordable 

Course Content

To begin your lesson we will assess your child’s current situation, their abilities and needs. We will prescribe them with a specific procedure and routine for using the Buteyko method and send you notes after your class is completed.

Throughout your session we will provide you with guidance and feedback in finding your child’s Control Pause and practicing the child friendly Buteyko breathing exercises:

Exercise Objectives

Our exercises re-educate your breath in order to:

•Bring a greater awareness and agency towards your breath
•Lessen any fear response that is associated with your breathing
•To become habituated to full-time nasal diaphragmatic optimal breathing
•To monitor and prevent upper chest mouth breathing
•To decrease the sensitivity you have towards carbon dioxide and thus be able to normalise your    breathing volume and respiratory rate (resetting your breathing centre)
•To become accustomed to controlling your inhalations and exhalations under stress

In short these exercises allow your breath to always have the following characteristics:

  1. Nasal
  2. Diaphragmatic
  3. With an optimal respiratory rate and volume
  4. With a natural pause after each exhalation

Our Advice

Stick with It: 

Most of the exercises can be practised while you are doing other things, however like anything that is new it may be a little hard for you at the start. Our advice is to get past the first couple of weeks.

The Benefits After Just Two weeks:

For those with asthma: you will have less wheezing and coughing and quieter breathing. Allergy sufferers, you will have less congestion, less fatigue and you will begin to notice how your consumption of tissue has gone down!
If you have anxiety or stress while your triggers may not go away they will be more easily managed. This is because the fight or flight symptoms that are generated by your triggers are lessened. In simpler terms: the levels at which you feel anxiety, irritability or sadness will be much less extreme. Your sleep will also improve: you will sleep deeper,  wake up less and be more alert throughout your day.

Two weeks is also usually when the exercises become easier to do. Measure your Control Pause before every exercise session for extra motivation and commit to the two-week challenge.

Pure Buteyko Online Learning FAQ

This course is for any suitable candidates wishing to learn the Buteyko breathing method. Whether you want to learn Buteyko as a way of managing your asthma, rhinitis, anxiety, poor sleep or stress. Your session will be tailored to your needs.

Yes you can; a  friend or carer can be present while you are learning the method.

Persons having the following conditions, unfortunately,  are not suitable candidates for learning the Buteyko method: Sickle cell anaemia; arterial aneurysm; very high uncontrolled blood pressure; any heart problems in the past three months; uncontrolled hyperthyroidism; a known brain tumour or kidney disease. Buteyko breathing exercises should also not be taken up during pregnancy. The best option is for mothers to learn the method and have a high Control Pause prior to becoming pregnant.

Persons suffering from diabetes: a reversal of hyperventilation will reduce blood sugar levels which may, in turn, lead to a diabetic coma, exercises must be performed only under the direct supervision of a healthcare professional such as an endocrinologist or diabetes nurse. Supervision when performing Buteyko exercises is also required for sufferers of severe asthma, emphysema, epilepsy, and schizophrenia.

You will learn techniques and guidelines that will allow you to retrain your breathing.

All Buteykohead online sessions are taught by Ciaran Mckeown.

The Buteyko breathing method is a series of exercises that retrains your breathing so that your breathing is continually: Effortless, slow and gentle, that it is nasal, driven by your diaphragm with your mouth closed and with a correct tongue posture. And finally that there is a natural pause after each exhalation.

Nasal diaphragmatic breathing influences the parasympathetic nervous system, the rest and digestion state. It is shown to reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. It is also proven to lower heart rates and blood pressure. For anxiety sufferers, the greatest benefit is that it prevents the onset of hyperventilation and fight or flight symptoms.

Each session is ninety minutes long. 

For most students, it takes just one session to learn all of the techniques involved. After your session is completed we will provide you with refresher notes. You may if you wish, book a follow-up session later on.

Each 90-minute online session costs $150 USD. There are no other fees.

 

You can book a session with us at any available time slot. All time slots are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Yes, you may change your session time here, however, please let us know at least 1 day in advance.

A mobile phone, tablet or computer with Skype or Zoom installed. We will ask you for your Skype Name during your booking. Then we will reach out to you using that Skype Name when it is time for your appointment. If you are using Zoom we will Whats App and e-mail you an invitation ten minutes before your session. You will also need a notebook and a pen. When your session is completed we will email you notes from your session.

We will email and Whats App you an invitation to join the online session ten minutes before it begins. We will also send you an SMS reminder and email the day before your session is due to start.

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