When we take a breath of fresh air into our lungs, oxygen passes from the lungs to the blood where it is picked up and carried through the blood vessels by a molecule called haemoglobin. This oxygen-rich blood is then pumped by the heart throughout the body so that oxygen can be offloaded to cells for conversion to energy. In order to release oxygen from the blood, however, haemoglobin requires a catalyst which invol
Breathing can be measured in two ways: the first is to count the number of breaths per minute; the second is to determine the size of each breath. Normal breathing rate for a grown adult at rest is about twelve breaths per minute, taking in half a litre of air per breath. These average measurements give a volume of six litres of air per minute. During asthma, hyperventilation, or a panic attack, breathing volume can
There are three basic steps towards breath retraining: ✦ Step One Become very aware of your breathing. Feel, watch and listen to your breathing as much as you can during the day, paying particular attention to what causes you to take big breaths. Ask yourself some questions. Is your breathing a still, silent activity or does it involve large inhalations and body movements? Are you going about your daily
As babies we instinctively know how to breathe using the diaphragm, with the tummy moving up and down with each breath. For the most part, the breathing volume matches the exact needs of the metabolism; this is how the human body was intended to function and results in good health. Parents strive to protect their children, yet by becoming over-protective they often contribute to problems for their offsp
Some of the symptoms of hyperventilation affect: ✦ The respiratory system in the form of wheezing, breath- lessness, coughing, chest tightness, frequent yawning, rhinitis (hay fever), snoring and sleep apnoea. ✦ The nervous system in the form of a light-headed feeling, poor concentration, numbness, sweating, dizziness, ver- tigo, tingling of hands and feet, faintness, trembling and headache.
‘Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.’ Nathaniel Emmons For the vast majority of people, breathing is an everyday fact of life which occurs on a subconscious level. It is something that is all too often taken for granted – until there’s a problem. Yet breathing is the most important physiological function you can exercise control over and this is something that can easily be
Now is the time to sound a note of caution. Before the Buteyko Clinic Method is commenced this section should be read carefully. While Buteyko Breathing is a perfectly safe therapy, it can involve an element of risk for people with particular illnesses or susceptibilities. Please note the following in particular: ✦ If you experience an exacerbation of your symptoms, then you are not doing the exerci