It has been over a year now since I started the Buteyko method. Before I began this breathing method I was living on a rescue inhaler for asthma. I had no choice because my stomach would not tolerate the steroids I was prescribed. A shot of the inhaler would take away my asthma symptoms for a few hours until I needed more. Each time I would think about the negative long-term effects the medication would have on my health, I remember the most frequent side effect was blurred side vision which would result in migraine headaches.
With each Buteyko method session, I listened and learned to all that Sasha and Thomas had taught me. My mind was like a sponge absorbing each and every word. I quickly realized that this was not a quick fix but a lifelong education where I was given the tools to heal my body naturally without drugs. It was now my responsibility to insert this education into my daily life.
In the beginning, I had to make time in my day to fit in formal breathing exercises. I kept in mind that my health was more important than anything else. Having good discipline paid off quickly as I was feeling much better within the first week. This gave me more motivation each day as I needed my rescue inhaler less and less. I was on the road to success.
I’ve learned to reduce my breathing naturally without really thinking about it throughout the day. Stress and anxiety no longer have the negative effects on my breathing as they used to. More exercise and a better diet have also helped me feel better in many ways. I sleep less but feel much more rested in the morning and have more energy throughout the day. I recover from intense exercise or a day of yard work very quickly and do not wake up with body aches in the morning.
This experience has motivated me to become a Buteyko method specialist. I want to share my experience and have the opportunity to educate others with asthma who are suffering as I did for forty years. I know you can achieve the same success that I have. All you need is to believe in yourself.
Oh, I almost forgot. I am no longer on any medications or suffering from asthma attacks.
Mike Gosselin Ivoryton, Connecticut