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Buteyko Method
What is the Buteyko Institute Method?

The Buteyko Institute Method (BIM) is a breathing training program which may provide significant improvement of symptoms for many people with asthma, sleep disordered breathing and other breathing-related conditions.

The Buteyko Institute Method is scientifically based. It is based on the standard medical principles of respiration, the normalisation of breathing and the Bohr effect.

How do you learn BIM?

The BIM is a health education program which is offered as a course consisting of a minimum of 5 ninety-minute sessions within ten days and scheduled review sessions. Most courses involve small groups, but some BIM Practitioners offer individual sessions where required.

What does the Buteyko Institute Method involve?

The Buteyko Institute Method is a program of breathing exercises and posture, health and lifestyle guidelines to support a functional breathing pattern. Practitioners review each client’s symptoms and relevant aspects of their breathing pattern. They focus on posture, the rhythm, rate and pattern of breathing, the use of the diaphragm, the ability to nose breathe and the tolerance to breath hold. The program is then tailored to address the client’s specific needs.

In addition to the breathing exercises taught by their practitioner, clients also learn how to monitor their breathing while engaging in daily activities.

The breathing exercises are designed to help normalise the breathing pattern and restore comfortable, natural nasal breathing.

The Buteyko Institute Method does not include herbal remedies or vitamin supplements. Clients are advised not to make any changes to prescribed medication or treatments without first consulting their prescribing medical/health practitioner.

People who are on medication for asthma may find that as their breathing improves they need less reliever medication. However, they are advised not to change any prescribed medication without consulting their doctor.


There are many improvements in health to be gained by completing a Buteyko Institute Method course, depending on current health status and problems. Included among these improvements are:

  • Reduction in asthma symptoms
  • Reduction in asthma medication
  • Improved tolerance of asthma triggers
  • Reduction in allergic reactions
  • Improvement in quality of life
  • Increased stamina and energy
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Reduced nasal congestion
  • Reduction in snoring
  • Improvement in sleep quality and tiredness for people with sleep apnoea
  • Greater tolerance of CPAP machines
  • Improved ability to cope with stress
  • Reduction in anxiety or panic attacks
  • Improved thinking, learning and concentration levels
  • Improved immunity and less susceptibility to colds and flu
  • Improved ability to exercise
  • Enhanced sports performance
  • Reduced tendency to headaches

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