Breathe for a healthier life – the Buteyko way PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 00:00

Are you asthmatic, diabetic, and hypertensive? Have respiratory conditions? Suffer from anxiety or with sleep disorder? Does your body need to heal? What do you do? Breathe the Buteyko way I was told and we will be healed! I don’t want to be hoodwinked and tricked with false promises and testimonies but when it was explained to me that it will be worth it as it really works why not.

Wow! I hope to try Buteyko myself because it is not only hassle to take medicines everyday but also quite expensive too. I saw how my parents and parents of my friends, children of my relatives and friends “suffering” from asthma and other debilitating diseases.

Is it a miracle? Nope because Buteyko is a breathing method doing it in a proper way. It is reported that Buteyko is a safe, fast, effective, and drug-free exercise. It optimizes the full oxygenation of all our cells in our body as it normalizes the breathing rate and depth so that an effective metabolic process can be achieved. This enhances one's heath and healing.

And this will be taught to us by Australian Senior Buteyko Practitioner Jac Vidgen next week in Zamboanga City.

Thanks to a good Zamboangueño couple whose close friend got healed of asthma totally, they invited Vidgen who will teach them and us as well Buteyko Method. He will conduct a 5-day training on the technique aimed at helping adults and children suffering from asthma and other health diseases.

According to the founding principles of the Buteyko Method, some 200 diseases are linked to dysfunctional breathing: asthma, allergies and emphysema are just a few examples. More than 40 years of research have produced the Buteyko Method, which can recondition and normalise the breathing and restore the body's most important function. The Buteyko method is like fine-tuning your breathing — a tweak here, tightening something up there, and the result is that your car engine, or in this case your respiratory system, is healthier and uses fuel (or oxygen) more efficiently.

Buteyko's background. In the 1980s, Russian medical professor Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko proposed the theory that most of us breathe too deeply without even knowing it. Through patient studies, Buteyko found that this state of chronic low grade hyperventilation (permanent deep breathing) was linked with ill health. Jac Vidgen, who has been teaching the method over the last 17 years will share his knowledge and will tells us exactly why it's so difficult to get people to breathe correctly.

He assures that Buteyko provides an extraordinary tool for improving health and well-being from young to old, and from very healthy to very sick.  For those suffering from chronic illnesses who are dependent on daily maintenance medicine, it offers another approach - which, if applied effectively will certainly enable them to start to reverse their conditions, and to safely reduce and often eliminate their need for medicines over time.

Here lies the basis of the Buteyko method — by controlling our breathing so that we take slow, shallow breaths, we can balance the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in our blood, thereby boosting oxygen in all areas of our body. This increased oxygenation boosts concentration, suppresses appetite and improves the efficiency of pretty much every process in our body.

Who can it help? Asthmatics can see an improvement in their condition by up to 50 per cent in as little as two weeks. It is also useful for other respiratory complaints, such as sinusitis and persistent coughs, insomnia, stress, allergies, snoring, sleep apnoea, panic attacks, dental complaints, patients on oxygen machines, bed wetting and for improving sports performance. The Buteyko Method is recommended for anyone aged three-years-old and up.

Jac Vidgen teaches Buteyko mainly in Asia, in the Philippines, Thailand and Hong Kong. He will be holding a free introductory talks on July 17 (Sunday) at STI College, Room 3G,Unicon Building, Governor Lim corner General Wood St, Zamboanga City. Medical practitioners and health workers can also attend.

Or check out buteyko websites at,,  and http://buteykoasia.multipl​

For clarifications and for free seat reservation on July 17, email or text to 0922-8037721

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 July 2011 16:36