I love the Buteyko breathing method! I've been able to reverse mine and my son's asthma attacks successfully. Learning the Buteyko method is a journey. In the beginning, I was very impatient because I just wanted to get better immediately, and I wanted my CP's and PMP's to be at 40 seconds after just a week! That was not the case though. It takes work and dedication. In the beginning, during an asthma attack, my CP was pretty low at about 11 seconds. Now, first thing in the morning, I'm doing 25-30 seconds. It's a great improvement.
The thing I enjoy most about doing Buteyko breathing is inhaling through my nose while talking. I didn't like that in the beginning and it felt very unnatural. The more I practiced though, and watched others do it during my skype sessions with Buteyko Center USA, I began to get used to it and actually enjoy it! I'm shocked at how much I was hyperventilating in the past just by breathing in through my mouth instead of my nose at the end of sentences! A few times, while reading stories to my kids, I've tried breathing in through my mouth at the end of a sentence just to remember what I used to do wrong, and it feels so unnatural and strange!
Who would have thought that something I've been doing all my life could be so easily changed? I also like being able to exercise effectively without using an inhaler like I used to when I was younger. I just keep my mouth closed the whole time I exercise, and I'm fine. I also don't mind taping my mouth closed at night before I go to sleep. In fact, if I've forgotten, I'll remember because I can't seem to go to sleep without it! It's like my little security blanket- except it's tape!
Thank you Dr. Buteyko and Buteyko Center USA!
Jen Kelly Provo, Utah