How Does Buteyko Work?

Imagine needing less medicine because your symptoms are entirely under control...This is no longer the realm of fantasy, according to clinical trials of the Buteyko Method.
Buteyko is the leader in breathing restoration programs and adjunct interventions for breathing; airway and chronic stress disorders.

Several trials showed that people who completed Buteyko Programs actually reduced their symptoms by over seventy percent without using medicines, devices or herbal remedies.
This in turn, allowed them to drastically reduce the need for chronic and symptomatic relief medication.

Professor Buteyko's discovery:

The Method was developed by Professor Konstantin Pavlovitch Buteyko in the 1950's.
The Buteyko Method (as it has become known) was controversial as it used lesser known scientific principles to increase oxygen delivery, instead of the usual customary deep breathing practices. Buteyko's method used no yoga, deep breathing, or meditation techniques and had high success rates although it seemed as if participants were not "doing" very much.
Buteyko's Discovery - The Disease of Deep Breathing - was not well received, yet the understanding that the body depends on CO2 as a "governor" for breathing control (and many other important functions) is now generally accepted.
The Buteyko program was developed to normalize stressed breathing patterns that could be a cause of or due to illness, and to assist with reversal of metabolic symptoms created due to imbalance in homeostatic controls. Patients who were encouraged to do the breathing retraining exercises had great results for all manner of chronic illnesses.

Professor Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko's method was widely used in communist countries that could not access or afford the usual pharmaceutical health care, and only became known in the West in the early 1990s.

Professor Buteyko's interest in respiration and it's effects on overall health stemmed from observations of terminally ill patients and measuring their respiratory functions as a young medic.
He noted that people who are ill generally hyperventilate - or breathe more air - than people who are well, and hypothesized that if they could return the breathing pattern to normal this may have a beneficial effect.

His system of calming and normalizing the breathing had astounding results. In most cases he found that symptoms would greatly reduce or even disappear altogether due to the restored (and sustained) balances in oxygen and energy supply to the tissues - which can only occur when a healthy, adaptive and functional breathing pattern is restored.

Is there a test I can do to see if Buteyko will help me?

Click here to download a PDF symptom checklist to help determine whether you need to restore your normal breathing patterns. It sometimes helps to have someone else do the test for you - as many of us aren't always aware of how we breathe. If you scored higher than 3 points for six or more of the questions, then you can be certain that you need to address your breathing.
The Buteyko method is offered as a program that is tailored to suit the client's health history.

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    *Buteyko South Africa 5 day Adjunct health program runs for 2 hours per day over five consecutive days. This is highly recommended for serious illness requiring chronic medications.
    *Buteyko South Africa Intensive 3 day program runs for 2 hours per day over three consecutive days

    Click on each to contact via email:



    MONTAGU, (180km from Cape Town, near Robertson on R62).
    Buteyko SA founder:
    Melody Mitchell

    VILLIERSDORP: (2 hours from Cape Town, near Caledon via N2)
    Buteyko SA Educator:
    Erika Norrie
    Buteyko SA Associate Educator:
    Glenn Norrie

    STILBAAI: (2.5 Hrs from CT via N2)
    Buteyko SA Associate Educator:
    Laetitia Duminy

    BBA Educator and Buteyko SA Affiliate Educator
    Bea Coetzee

    By appointment only, please email to set up your personal assessment and tailored sessions

    Are you interested in a rewarding career as a trained Buteyko South Africa Educator? Buteyko South Africa offers Educator / Practitioner training in the Buteyko Method.

    May 2024
    Ten Day training in Montagu (for existing health practitioners):
    50 hour on site training course
    10 hrs observation
    3 years Mentorship
    membership of Buteyko South Africa Educator Association
    Additional CPD training annually
    Space limited
    Please email for more information.

    Melody Mitchell is available to speak at workplace health days, conferences or other wellness related events. Btwn R990 and R1990/hr or part thereof for upwards of five people..

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