My Journey

The Buteyko breathing method has so many applications for individual health that it will be a great day when we see it become embedded in health education at school and home as a basic hygiene practice which starts young.

 

This method has been proven to alleviate a wide range of disorders such as panic attacks and anxiety, snoring and sleep apnoea, asthma, epilepsy and breathlessness, because it treats the common causal denominator in these cases, and teaches how and why correcting breathing dysfunction will do this.

 

 

What led me to this understanding personally?

 

Diagnosed asthmatic from babyhood, I grew up waking most nights wheezing, being unable to go away without fear of having to cope with asthma attacks, the need to take medication daily and many attempts to reduce or resolve asthma with diet, lifestyle and testing through the years. Raised in a medical family, I was given antibiotics and/or corticosteroids for the slightest hint of a cold or allergic reaction.

 

By 40 years of age:

  • I was as fit as a fiddle (outwardly at least), teaching step classes and working as a landscape architect, organically gardening and eating well

  • had trialed many medical and integrative health practices and remedies through the years to little avail

  • was in need of more and more asthma medication to get through the day, yet to less effect 

  • was starting to despair about how to cope with a busy life as a working mum with young children; wondering if this was ‘as good as it gets’ and fearful that things would get steadily worse

  • was often ill with 3 or 4 colds or flu each year which I would take 2 to 4 weeks to recover from

  • my GP didn’t know what to suggest other than more medication

 

At this time, two Australian Buteyko practitioners, Jennifer and Russell Stark, were travelling around New Zealand teaching this little known method so my GP suggested I go and participate. Having no other option that I could see, and despite being somewhat skeptical, I took the plunge.

 

If only I had known then that I was about to save over 17 years of doctor’s visits and medication costs which I would no longer need. Even better, I was about to experience the physiological and psychological benefits of experiencing the first full night’s sleep I could remember, along with relief from the symptoms I had experienced from babyhood. 

 

In other words, the course proved invaluable. Nowadays, I rarely wheeze or suffer from hayfever. I no longer use nor even carry any medication around for asthma – it is now 17 years on.

What qualifies me now to teach you this method? 

  • My own personal experience and success in using this breathing technique.

  • Two years training under Glenn White to qualify as an Associate Buteyko Institute of Breathing and Health (BIBH) practitioner.

  • Completion of two Breathing Essentials courses followed by a year of mentoring under Australian physiotherapist and BIBH practitioner, Tess Graham, of BreatheAbility.

  • Basic Capnography Training with Dr Ines Steward

  • A foundation in science from high school and University (BHortSc and post grad Dip LA) -  the science behind this method makes sense and uses research and trials to back it up.

  • Qualification as a Life Coach (Affiliate of ICF)

  • Training with Les Mills and Sport Waikato to be a fitness instructor

  • A lifelong interest in holistic health and wellbeing

 

Most people can benefit from learning to breathe better. Imagine functional healthy breathing habits being taught as fundamental in the education and health systems. This is my hope. 

 

If you would like to book a breathing assessment or attend a course in the Waikato, please contact the Breathe Free Clinic by phone or email.