My Goal - Livin' the Good Life
Mar. 15th, 2011
09:16 pm - My Goal
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!