Buteyko Breathing

Changing the way you breathe can have significant effects on your health.

How much should we breathe? Most people would likely think that the more we breathe the better it is for oxygen flow in the body. However, in 1952 whilst researching hypertension, Ukrainian Dr. Konstantin Buteyko discovered that over breathing can have an adverse effect on our health and wellbeing. He described this condition as chronic hyperventilation.

Through his findings he developed a series of simple breathing exercises which are able to recalibrate the breathing centre in the brain to correct, and often reverse symptoms caused by dysfunctional breathing.

Chrissy Holland Kinesiology, Buteyko Breathing

“The perfect man breathes as if he is not breathing.”

Lao Tzu


Dysfunctional Breathing

Dysfunctional breathing has been found to be the cause of many health issues being faced by people in today’s busy world. As we are aware our breathing patterns can be adversely affected by variety of factors including stress, processed foods, lack of movement and the environment.

Dr. Buteyko’s exercises are designed to improve functional breathing by switching to light, effortless nasal breathing using the diaphragm, as opposed to using the mouth to breathe into the chest. The Buteyko method focuses on regaining control of the breath through simple breathing exercises which work to slow and calm the breathing. This then subsequently gently raises carbon dioxide levels, and as a result, improves oxygenation of the blood and dilation of the smooth muscle lining the airways, blood vessels and digestive system. This is helpful for people with Asthma, sleep apnea, rhinitis, hypertension, reflux, or IBS.

In response to the exercises, the body triggers the parasympathetic or relaxing nervous system, which combats the body’s fight/flight responses by calming the negative effects of the stress hormones (adrenolin and cortisol), reduces anxiety and restores coping mechanisms.

The method has also been shown to enhance athletic performance.


The Buteyko method is essentially a course in breathing re-education. People have experienced notable improvements within a few days of beginning the exercises.

Chrissy first experienced the Buteyko Method in Hong Kong in 2003 where she completed the 4 week course and enjoyed life changing results.

Chrissy has trained with leading Buteyko educators Mim Beim and Patrick McKeown.

Small group workshops or private classes are held over four, 2-hour sessions for both adults and children over 5.

  • Asthma
  • Anxiety
  • Blocked nose
  • Snoring
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sinusitis
  • Frequent sighing
  • Frequent sneezing/sniffing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Poor concentration
  • Neck and shoulder tension
  • Dry mouth
  • Yawning
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Poor/restless sleep
  • Bruxism (grinding teeth)
  • Muscle cramps
  • Reflux