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Buteyko Breathwork for optimal health

Breath with ease

“If breathing is not normalized, no other movement pattern can be”

The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy | Volume 11, Number 5 | October 2016

Functional Movement & Breath

Normal breathing mechanics play a key role in posture and spinal stabilization. Breathing Pattern Disorders (BPD) have been shown to contribute to pain and motor control deficits, which can result in dysfunctional movement patterns.

The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy

Volume 9, Number 1, February 2014

The Buteyko Method

Breathing patterns have a profound impact on health. Poor breathing patterns literally cause the airways to narrow, and blood circulation and oxygen delivery to be reduced. Over the past number of years, the Buteyko Method has sought to address dysfunctional breathing and has shown to help improve a number of breathing-related problems including:

  • Asthma
  • Rhinitis
  • Hayfever
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Panic attacks
  • Sleep-disordered breathing

Developed in 1952 by Ukrainian Dr. Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko, the technique is designed to improve functional breathing patterns. While breathing is an involuntary activity, it is subject to change by stresses of everyday life, processed foods, excessive sitting and talking, lifestyle choices and environmental factors.

Functional breathing involves breathing in and out through the nose. The breath is light, regular, effortless with the primary movement from the diaphragm.

Poor breathing is generally upper chest breathing, often through the mouth. The symptoms most commonly reported by people with poor breathing patterns include the inability to take a satisfying breath, disproportionate breathlessness during rest or physical exercise, frequent yawning or sighing, or the feeling of not getting enough air.

Irregular breathing is often a feature of poor breathing patterns. However, breathing patterns in these individuals can also be regular from time to time which makes detection difficult.

The Buteyko Method involves exercises to decongest the nose, switch to nasal breathing along with exercises to restore functional breathing patterns. Progress is determined by a special breath-suspension test called the Controlled Pause.

Expected benefits include easier breathing, deeper sleep, more energy, reduced asthma and nasal congestion along with the increased feeling of calm. Exercises are simple and taught to all adults regardless of age or health.

Just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you ever so much for the wonderful masterclass ‘up north’ on Saturday.

It was so well delivered, very informative and relevant covering so much ground with practical advice and approach to the exercises.

I benefitted immensely from meeting the other trainees as well and it was great to learn from their interactions and the questions you addressed with examples. All in all, it was a very productive day and the masterclass was delivered so well in a relaxed open manner, it was well appreciated by me and the other attendees that we were able to take on board everything that was being taught, really really appreciated your coaching style.

Salim

Gray Caws Buteyko Practitioner

Gray complete his certificate as a Buteyko Practitioner with Patrick McKeown in 2018. Before that, he also trained with Patrick as an Oxygen Advantage Coach. He holds a diploma in specialist personal training and is a master ChiRunning coach and director of ChiRunning in the UK and Ireland.

Gray works with clients on a 1-2-1 basis, holds regular workshops and has developed a number of online training programmes. He also delivers worldwide retreats incorporating breathwork and functional movement.
Gray works closely with Patrick McKeown on the Oxygen Advantage Teacher Training Programme in the UK.

“Breathing is an oft-neglected area of health and fitness. Breathwork is essential for optimal wellbeing.”

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Oxygen Advantage Instructor Training

Are you a fitness instructor, strength & conditioning coach, yoga teacher or physical therapist interested in teaching the Oxygen Advantage Technique® to your clients and students?

Would you like to teach a unique proprietary programme to optimise breathing patterns, improve oxygen uptake and delivery, provide an aerobic and anaerobic workout as well as developing mental focus and acuity?

The Oxygen Advantage programme consists of simple breathing exercises taught according to an exact protocol and sequence. Designed by Patrick McKeown, this sequence allows you to teach clients in an efficient manner, maximising the benefits of improved breathing. 

Certify to become an Oxygen Advantage Instructor and teach the Oxygen Advantage Programme by attending a UK 3-day Instructor Training presented by Patrick McKeown and Gray Caws. During this course, you will learn the science behind the technique and receive instruction on how to effectively deliver the programme to your clients.

The Oxygen Advantage Instructors course has been developed by distilling all of Patrick McKeown's knowledge and experience into an easy-to-understand programme so that you become confident in teaching the method to your clients and getting the results that they are looking for.

By attending this Oxygen Advantage Instructor Training you will:

  • Find out exactly what Patrick McKeown has learned from 15+ years of research, working with other top experts and from helping thousands of people make positive changes towards their sports performance and health goals.
  • Learn the method that has helped top athletes including Olympians, professional soccer players, MMA, elite runners and weightlifters to recreational athletes all over the world.

You will learn how to:

  • Understand the importance of breathing for our health and performance
  • Confidently teach the Oxygen Advantage® technique by learning the exact exercises
  • Use the breath to experience new levels of health and performance in your own life
  • Transform clients health and performance under your guidance
  • Employ the best tools, tactics and strategies to monitor a clients progress and ensure the best results

Your clients will benefit from:

  • Addressing breathing pattern disorders in everyday life
  • Reduced breathlessness during exercise
  • Improved fitness (aerobic and anaerobic)
  • Improved sports performance
  • Reduced injury risk
  • Quicker recovery after training
  • Improved posture
  • Reduced exercise induced asthma
  • Better sleep
  • Stronger breathing muscles
  • Boosted mental performance

Investment: £950

Testimonials

The Oxygen Advantage is one of the best books that I have read this entire year… one of my favorite books in the world actually.”
Ben Greenfield

Author or the New York Times best-seller book, Beyond Training

“Gray did an excellent job of explaining the qualities of bad and good breathing. The activities were explained and demonstrated to ensure proper understanding of the exercises. This was an excellent course and I enjoyed working with Gray.”

William Smith

“Very well informed and explained clearly what we should be doing and the reasons why this would help fitness.”

Flick Ridel

Flicky Ridel

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