Buteyko Breathing Educators

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Buteyko Breathing Educators Association (BBEA)

  • Is an important resource for the public to find trusted educators who have been well trained in the Buteyko Breathing Technique and get valuable information about how the Buteyko Breathing Technique relieves the symptoms of breathing related health concerns.
  • Is an international professional association committed to ensuring its educators have completed rigorous Buteyko Breathing Technique training requirements and competency examinations, continue their ongoing professional development and adhere to the BBEA code of conduct.
  • Ensures anyone who seeks the help of a BBEA registered educator receives the safest, highest quality service and results possible. The BBEA proactively reviews each educator's performance and provides mediation for client grievances.Provides it's member educators with continual support through annual conferences, webinars, course work, newsletters, mentors, case reviews and research articles.
  • Is intent on increasing the awareness of the Buteyko Breathing Technique to the public and within the health industry through educational projects in schools, libraries, recreation centers,  the internet, cross-discipline conferences and collaboration with complementary modalities.
Our BBEA registered educators are required to undergo rigorous training in the Buteyko Breathing Technique from a registered BBEA Buteyko Trainer.  They can be found throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, Asia and South America.  Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and many have had their own health and lives transformed by the Buteyko Breathing Technique.

The Buteyko Breathing Educators Association presents a "High Standard" of Buteyko Educators in North America and Worldwide. The Buteyko Breathing Educators Association vision is to make Buteyko a pillar of good health, accessible to all and integrated into an overall system of wellness. BBEA aims to increase awareness of Buteyko and its benefits by education, stringent standards of training and medical trials to confirm its effectiveness.

What Is BBEA?

The BBEA is an international association of Buteyko Educators committed to training people in the Buteyko Breathing Method. The members of BBEA are required to comply with rigorous teaching and standards as well as commit to on-going professional development. This will ensure that anyone who seeks help from a BBEA registered Educator receives the safest, highest quality service and results possible. 

Who Can Be A BBEA Educator?

To become a BBEA educator you will be required to undergo training in the Buteyko Breathing Method from a certified BBEA Buteyko Trainer. Health professionals and natural therapists are particularly suited to this technique as well as those with a medical background. Those without these qualifications will need to do some prerequisite learning before the training.

The  BBEA is currently taking expressions of interests from certified Buteyko educators who have previously been trained by a recognized body such as Buteyko Institute of Breathing and Health or Moscow Clinic. Please contact us for further information.

WHO WE ARE AND OUR HISTORY

The Buteyko Breathing Educators Association consists of about fifty dedicated and fully trained Buteyko Educators in the United States, Canada and Mexico who provide courses, support and education for people learning the Buteyko Breathing Method. We come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Many of us have had our own health and lives transformed by this powerful tool for healing. Here is our story.

Buteyko Origins In United States & Canada

Buteyko was first brought from Russia to the western world by Russian practitioner Alexander Stalmatski. Stalmatski arrived to Sydney, Australia in 1990 and began teaching friends the Buteyko Breathing Method from his small apartment.

Dr Buteyko and Alexander kept closely in touch with each other during the early dissemination of the Buteyko method. In addition to working in Sydney, Stalmatski made a number of trips to the UK and USA in the early 1990’s to train groups of patients and educators. Stalmatski also wrote the first books on the Buteyko Method in the western world including “Freedom from Asthma” and “Freedom from Insomnia".

Buteyko Pioneers in North America

The initial Buteyko Pioneers in North America were Susan Neves, Bud Weiss, Liv Browning and Chris Bauman.

Susan Neves first began teaching the Buteyko Breathing Method in 1998 after she trained as a educator with Russell and Jennifer Stark through the Buteyko Institute of Breathing and Health (BIBH) an organization based in Australia and recognized by Dr Konstantin Buteyko, himself. In 2000, Susan underwent further training with Dr Buteyko. She now teaches classes in the United States and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Liv Browning had had severe asthma most of her life. In 1998 while she was in France she heard about Buteyko and that Alexander Stalmatski was teaching in London. She signed up for the course and in 1999 traveled to New Zealand to become an Educator. In 2003, she organized the first BIBH training in North America.  With Jennifer Stark teaching and Liv and Susan Neves assisting, 6 new trainees entered the world of Buteyko Educators.  Liv also made the first US produced DIY home education kit in 2005. Liv is currently living the life she loves, asthma free, in Seattle.

Bud Weiss was first exposured to the method and training in 1995 in New York City with Alexander Stalmatski and his protege, Christopher Drake. In 1998-1999, Bud assisted them in the organization of Buteyko workshops for the public and the training of Buteyko Educators at the Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington Massachusetts. During this time, he assisted with the first workshop sponsored by Teresa Hale (director of the Hale Clinic in London, England). Bud did more training with Jennifer and Russell Stark in 2007 and in 2008, sponsored and organized the first very successful BIBH educator training in New York City. After working on the school board for over 25 years, Bud continues to work with children and parents, teachers and clinicians, now educating them on Buteyko and healthy breathing. He is regularly featured on local New York City radio shows.

Christine Bauman learned Buteyko for severe asthma and allergies with Alexander Stalmatski in 1999 in London England. In 2000, she traveled to New Zealand to study with Jennifer and Russell Stark and became the first Canadian Buteyko Educator. There are now 14 educators throughout Canada. Until recently she was the only  Educator Trainer in North America. She was also a clinician for the only North American clinical study to date, at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary Alberta in 2004.

First Clinical Trials Of Buteyko In North America

In 2000, the son of a wealthy Alberta family traveled to New York to learn the Buteyko Method for severe asthma. The results were so spectacular that his parents approached the University of Calgary about funding a major research project on Buteyko. Their donation of one million dollars led to the first clinical trial in North America at the Foothills Hospital, Calgary.

Results showed:

- Good Asthma control had increased from 41% to 75%.
- Inhaled Corticosteroids (ICS) reduction was 28%.
- Percentage of subjects who were able to eliminate ICS.
- 18% Percentage of subjects who eliminated the use of long-lasting relievers 19%.

“ I’ve been astonished and also very pleased with the excellent result. There is no disruption of their life at all by their disease (due to Buteyko): normal activities; not waking at night; not needing to use any reliever medications. It’s just great...75% control is about as good as anyone has got in any study of asthma. The neat thing about it is that it has no side effects. It’s very safe. The Buteyko technique certainly has been shown to be an important adjunct to treatment.”

Dr Robert Cowie, Chief Respirologist, Foothills Hospital, Calgary, Alberta.
Calgary CityTV, May 2006.

Typical clinical trial results is 70 - 95% reduction in asthma symptoms, 85 - 100% reduction in short term reliever medication, and 50% reduction steroid preventer medication.

NOTE: The British Medical Thoracic Society has approved the Buteyko Breathing Method as a standard treatment option for Doctors to use on people with Asthma. It has been proven to be highly effective treatment for Asthma.

Publications By Members Of BBEA

Members of the BBEA have produced some of the most detailed and popular publications on the Buteyko Breathing Method.

Patrick McKeown has written a number of books including the best seller "Asthma Free Naturally", (Conari Press 2008) "Close Your Mouth", "Anxiety Free" and "ABC To Be Asthma Free". Other works include his extensive instructional materials that includes "ButeykoDVD".

Dr Artour Rakhimov has written two books including “Normal Breathing; the key to vital health”. This book is without doubt the most detailed and best researched publication of the Buteyko Method. His other works include a translation of Dr Buteyko’s lectures to Moscow state university, and “Oxygenate yourself: Breathe less” as well as DVD lectures titled “Breathing Patterns and Tissue Oxygenation”.

Jennifer and Russell Stark (now retired) wrote the first training manual for new Buteyko educators and “The Carbon Dioxide Syndrome” (2002), a very comprehensive book on Buteyko for the lay person. As one of the most experienced Buteyko Educators in the western world, she has many valuable insights into the power of this breathing technique.

Buteyko Educator Training

Each year, there are a number of Buteyko Educator training courses held around the world. Educator trainers can be found in Find A Trainer.
The Buteyko Breathing Method is a medically researched and scientifically proven breath re-training method that reverses chronic hyperventilation or over-breathing.

Conditions

Special thanks to Tess Graham who contributed to the symptoms section below and allowed to quote from her website breatheability.com.

Asthma

While current medical thought is that asthma is a disease which cannot be cured and must be treated with a lifetime of medications, the Buteyko Method is showing otherwise.
Tens of thousands of asthma sufferers around the world have overcome their symptoms and do not need medication simply by changing their breathing, as have allergy sufferers.

People suffering from asthma and allergies universally over-breathe. That is, they breathe more air than their body needs, either through their mouths or through their noses. Research has shown that asthmatics breathe 2-3 times more air per minute than is normal, with normal being 5 liters of air per minute.

Breathing is one of the very few things doctors don’t measure, and breathing more than is needed is not obvious until a person is heavily hyperventilating or having a panic attack. If sugar levels, cholesterol levels, iron levels, blood pressure and heart rate can be too high or too low, why can’t breathing? It can, and normalizing breathing (reversing chronic hyperventilation) returns the body to homeostasis.
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The Buteyko breathing method helps reverse hyperventilation and restore normal breathing patterns. Please see booklet by Peter Kolb for a more in depth explanation: Buteyko - For the Reversal of Chronic Hyperventilation
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Sleep apnea / Snoring

Do you snore? Your spouse? Your child(ren)?
Snoring is frequently viewed as ‘merely’ an annoyance or even cute in a child. Snoring, however, is much more than noise. It indicates poor breathing habits and can have many health complications including sleep apnea, a much more serious condition where breathing stops temporarily during sleep for varying lengths and with varying frequencies.
Common symptoms in people with heavy snoring and sleep apnea include:

  • Interrupted, fitful and non-refreshing sleep
  • Heavy breathing
  • Restless legs
  • Gasping/choking sounds during sleep
  • Tendency to fall asleep during daytime activities
  • Excessive yawning

Sleep disordered breathing has also been associated with greater risk of high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer and of motor vehicle accidents. In children, snoring and sleep apnea have been associated with learning and behavioral disorders including ADHD.
In addition, people with disordered breathing often have water at their bedside to drink during the night then still wake up with a dry, uncomfortable mouth. They are much more susceptible to gum disease and dental cavities. Children will invariably have crooked teeth and long faces.
Treatment, therefore, is vitally important. Current treatment choices include nose and throat surgery, dental devices, nasal medications, a CPAP (face mask) which can lead to face remodeling in adults and improper facial growth and development in children) and lastly, addressing the dysfunctional breathing habits.
Because dysfunctional breathing underlies the snoring and sleep apnea, it is really what is needed but is rarely even a choice from a ‘conventional’ point of view.

In fact, it is poor breathing habits in the day like mouth-breathing, fast and heavy breathing, frequent sighing, that not only inflame soft tissue in your airway, but also alter your brain’s breathing control mechanism and set you up for what happens during sleep.

People who breathe correctly, that is through the nose, softly, slowly, and smoothly – do not have sleep disordered breathing. They do not snore, draw their tongue into the back of their throat or vacuum their throat closed at night. That is why improving your breathing in the day helps you breathe and sleep better at night – usually from the first night.
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The Buteyko breathing method helps reverse hyperventilation and restore normal breathing patterns. Please see booklet by Peter Kolb for a more in depth explanation: Buteyko - For the Reversal of Chronic Hyperventilation
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Stress and anxiety

Anxiety, apprehension, stress, tension and fear are normal human experiences. Our survival has depended on those things in times of danger. Our bodies are finely tuned to react and react quickly when we are threatened. We are primed to fight or flee, then return to “normal”.
Many people in our modern society experience some or all of these feelings on a daily basis. Some to the extreme of debilitating panic attacks coupled with paralyzing fear and possibly impending doom.

Acute hyperventilation (extreme over-breathing) is obvious during a panic attack in which the physical symptoms of extreme fear include pounding heart, excessive perspiration, dizziness, nausea, confusion and difficulty breathing.
Much less noticeable is the habitual over-breathing which is almost always present in people who suffer daily fear, stress, high levels of tension and anxiety at a lower level.

Research has found that people with panic disorders breathe 12 liters or more a minute at rest when it should be 5 liters. The problem with that is it can contribute to a constant arousal of the nervous system, resulting in elevated levels of adrenalin, heart rate, nerve stimulation and others. Your entire body is chronically in a state of “readiness” for impending trouble.
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The Buteyko Breathing Method helps to reverse that chronic over-breathing, letting the body return to a calm state. Please see booklet by Peter Kolb for a more in depth explanation: Buteyko - For the Reversal of Chronic Hyperventilation
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Athletic performance

Your performance may be limited by poor stamina, early fatigue, lactic acid build up, respiratory illness, poor sleep quality and performance anxiety. Inefficient, dysfunctional baseline breathing is the common denominator. One of the most basic requirements for achieving peak performance is good oxygenation of your muscles, heart and brain. You can actually control how well your tissues are being oxygenated by how you breathe.
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The Buteyko breathing method helps reverse hyperventilation and restore normal breathing patterns. Please see booklet by Peter Kolb for a more in depth explanation: Buteyko - For the Reversal of Chronic Hyperventilation
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Chronic cough

Coughing may feel like the best way to clear stubborn phlegm and mucus, but in fact it may make the situation worse. Chronic coughing is harsh on the delicate tissues of your airways and lungs. When we cough, we breathe very deeply, drawing in large amounts of unfiltered air, irritating and dehydrating the mucous membranes lining the airways. This can lead to swelling and inflammation and an increase in mucous production. Chronic coughing dries out the mucous which makes it sticky and even harder to dislodge. The huge loss of carbon dioxide during coughing may cause constriction in the airway as the smooth muscle goes into spasm.
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The Buteyko breathing method helps reverse hyperventilation and restore normal breathing patterns. Please see booklet by Peter Kolb for a more in depth explanation: Buteyko - For the Reversal of Chronic Hyperventilation
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Dental and Facial development

Dentists today check your gums for disease, they check for cavities and with increasing regularity, they check for tongue tie. Most are very aware of the contribution of mouth breathing to gum issues, tooth decay and orthodontic problems.

Probably the first and most horrendous experiment showing the effects of mouth breathing was conducted on monkeys 1981.

monkey's facial development

‘The experiments showed that the monkeys adapted to nasal obstruction in different ways. In general, the experimental animals maintained an open mouth. All experimental animals gradually acquired a facial appearance and dental occlusion different from those of the control animals.’ All the mouth breathing monkeys developed craniofacial changes and crooked teeth. Egil P Harvold. Primate experiments on oral respiration. American Journal of orthodontics. (Volume 79, issue 4, April 1981, pages 359- 372)

At this time there are hundreds, if not thousands, of published papers showing the detrimental effects of mouth breathing during childhood.

One of the most notable orthodontists studying and working with children is Dr. John Mew (www.orthotropics.com) who has shown repeatedly that “if mouth breathing is treated early, its negative effect on facial and dental development and the medical and social problems associated with it can be reduced or averted” (General dentist: Mouth breathing: adverse effects on facial growth, health, academics and behaviour. Jefferson Y, 2010 Jan- Feb; 58 (1): 18-25).

A YouTube video by Dr. Mike Mew (Dr. John’s son) is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvoX_wEtwDk

The Buteyko breathing method stresses nose breathing and helps reverse hyperventilation and restore normal breathing patterns. Please see booklet by Peter Kolb for a more in depth explanation: Buteyko - For the Reversal of Chronic Hyperventilation