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Mar. 15th, 2011

09:16 pm - My Goal

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My goal with this Buteyko Method for correcting asthma is to be able to hold my breath (beginning at the middle of an exhale) for 40 seconds. That's it! Once I can hold my breath for 40 seconds every day for 6 months, he says I will be asthma-free. All of the breathing exercises I'm practising are working toward this goal. The general rule is: Reduce your breathing. This puts me on what he calls an "air diet". Sounds weird and counter-intuitive, doesn't it? Since when do we want to breathe less? The author says that asthmatics breathe in 3-4 times more air than necessary. He says normal, healthy breaths are small, gentle, and completely silent. I took a walk today, walking for 30 seconds breathing normally, then I held my breath for as long as I could without making myself feel winded when I resumed breathing. I did this for a half an hour. This will be a daily routine. I also do a half an hour of breath reduction exercises as soon as I wake up and again just before I go to sleep. I also tape my mouth before I turn the light out. I was surprised at how comfortable, and even comforting, it was to sleep with my mouth taped. (It's a special cloth tape that breathes.) I worried that I would feel claustrophobic and panicky not being able to breathe through my mouth, but no. My mouth and throat could completely relax and I had the feeling of being cared for and nurtured. Strange.
I'll keep you posted about my results. I love the daily walk because I can practise my glidewalking while I do my breathing exercises.... killing two birds with one stone. It's a solitary activity for me, though, because I'm not allowed to talk while I walk. That's ok. I have plenty of other chances to talk. I have to be careful with talking, because it causes me to unconsciously take large gulps of air between sentences. I need to learn to talk using less air, too. But, one thing at a time!