When my husband and I came across Dr. Buteyko's approach, his Positive Maximum Pause was 3 seconds and mine was 10. Very low! Even though we loved each other dearly, many of our conversations would often end up in a heated argument. When his and my breathing patterns became shallower, our relationship improved. I wrote a thank you letter to our teacher, Dr. Novozhilov, the Medical Director of Clinica Buteyko Moscow. "I am grateful for my 'new' husband," - I said- "I like the improved model better".