Testimony for the Breathing Center
From Paula Nordhem, age 66
I’ve been asthmatic for twenty years. And I’ve had respiratory issues all my life. Somehow for the first twelve years of asthma I just lived with and around it. It wasn’t a daily occurrence although there was increasing coughing and congestion; I don’t really remember much detail from that time. I learned there were times that my asthma/coughing was worse or there were places/substances that set it off. I would exercise and walk while asthmatic and just keep going. In the summer of 2012, that ‘approach’ was no longer possible. I was having daily asthma events, long and debilitating. A trip to urgent care led to a visit with an allergist, my first dose of oral steroids, and then inhaled steroids and a rescue inhaler. And more visits to allergists until I found one who would work with me.
I first learned about Sasha’s work as a Certified Advanced Breathing Normalization Specialist from some friends of mine who are from Amsterdam, Holland. It came up in a conversation about how their daughter had been able to stop using an inhaler (a common recommendation for treating asthma) by focusing on the kind of therapy that Sasha offers.
My experience in learning about Breathing Normalization has been life changing in many ways. It began by being conscious about my breath and how it impacts every area of my life. I have had some challenges such as sleep apnea and carrying excessive body weight. As Sasha pointed out that over-eaters are over-breathers, it has awakened me to be effortlessly conscious of my breath throughout the day and even as I doze off to sleep at night. I have learned how excessive breathing through my open mouth is, and has been, harmful to my wellbeing.
I have always been very health conscious, exercising regularly and eating carefully and was deeply frustrated when I developed asthma during a virus two years ago. I couldn’t walk up even small hills and to the top of our house without gasping for breath; small everyday stresses left me breathless. I eventually saw a specialist who told me my peak flow was very low and he put me on a steroid inhaler.
It helped at first, but quickly I noticed that I experienced awful rushes of heat and my eyes went red with strange perceptual difficulties. Throughout all this, I felt my body was running too fast, but no one could help me with this feeling. I decide to come off the inhaler and find some natural alternative.
It was then that I found the Breathing Center website and was struck by the complete sense of the Breathing Normalization method. I was hyperventilating… that’s why I felt my body was running too fast.
In December I took Level One Full Training with Sasha. She is a sensitive, deeply caring and very wonderful teacher and I would not have wanted to undertake the process without her incredible guidance.
This is an update from Mark, which we received a couple of month after recording this video testimonial:
I am continuing with the exercises and lifestyle changes that you taught to me. I feel great and my wife says she does not hear me snore any more at night. I still use the mouth tape, but I hope to reduce that dependency. My Positive Maximum Pause has settled to around 60 seconds with occasionally more if I am very calm and relaxed."
About 2 years after Blessing was born, we started noticing a protracted case of excessive mucus and cough. The diagnosis then said she had pneumonia and so she was treated with some antibiotics. She got some relief but same symptom came back months later and we had to give her more antibiotics.
She has since then had persistent breathing difficulties that at the age of 3, it became very worrisome to watch her sleep – it looks like she was going to pass out – we found out recently that this was called sleep apnea.
For 15 years or so I had been a chronic hyperventilator, suffered anxiety attacks, depression, insomnia, sleep apnea and a lot of chronic pain from a motorcycle accident I had after the separation of my marriage. I moved to take on tertiary education. Just starting study in a new town I saw an advert for the Buteyko Breathing method. I didn’t believe I had time or the ability to commit to learning breathing exercises.
I was in my final and fifth year of study and thought, “I still have all these conditions, I need to do something to make a change to my life and my health”.
30 years ago a physician said you have asthma. And with that I began treatment as an asthmatic. From that day till just a few weeks ago I was using bronchodilators.
Finally I looked on the internet trying to see if there was anything else that had been discovered recently that I could explore, and I came across the article about the Buteyko Method in the New York Times. And this science writer said; "I think more people should look into this." I went to the Breathing Center Web Site and downloaded the E-book (Breathe To Heal: Break Free From Asthma). I read it twice that night, and it made a lot of sense. I started applying the techniques in the book, and after a few days saw significant improvement.
I am nearly 70 years old. For many years I have had debilitating symptoms which have seriously compromised my working and social life and caused a depressing outlook on life. With a total commitment to whatever I undertook for improved health I have been to five chiropractors, a prominent arthritis professor, an endochronologist, a consultant physician in Infectious Diseases & Tropical Diseases, a Chinese herbalist, three myotherapists,
Our 5-year-old son, Tommy, has always been a restless sleeper. In January 2013, we noticed that he was experiencing sleep apnea episodes and was snoring heavily. So we scheduled an appointment with an ENT who told us that Tommy's adenoids were obstructing 90% of his nasal airway and would need to be removed.
My experience as I learn "Breathing Normalization"
I wanted to write you and tell you how amazed I am at the Breathing Normalization Process. Even though I am only partway through the process, I have already noticed many changes in my health, anxiety levels, and my reactions to things. My breathing is better, I feel healthier, and am making better food choices. Instead of reaching for food to quell my anxiety, I now use the Breathing Normalization techniques.