The Buteyko techniques teach the fundamentals of correct breathing, which means breathing through the nose with the mouth closed. When the techniques are practiced consistently for a period and the body conditioned, anxiety and high blood pressure can be reduced, pain relieved, and a healthier and fitter mind and body can be achieved.
Tom Herron from Northern Ireland graduated from the Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy in 1998 and has been working with individual clients and groups ever since. Tom treated us to a fascinating talk about correcting breathing with the Buteyko breathing method which was both fun and educational. His talk was entitled “Close Your Mouth for a Change”.
As Tom explained, over 80% of all the people we meet suffer from symptoms due to ‘Hidden Hyperventilation Syndrome’ (over-breathing), even though it is usually only diagnosed when the symptoms become severe.