Test Your Breathing

  • Are you mouth-breathing – either chronically or from time to time?
  • Does your nose block, even when you don’t have a cold?
  • Can you hear yourself breathe?
  • Do you feel short of breath or chest tightness when exercising?
  • Do you feel as if you are shallow-breathing at times?
  • Do you have excessive mucus or post-nasal drip?
  • Even when it’s nowhere near bedtime, do you sigh or yawn excessively?
  • Do you have a hunger for air, or sometimes feel as if you can never get enough air?
  • Do you experience headaches or wake up with a headache?
  • Do you feel stressed?
  • Do you wake up with a dry mouth or need to keep water by your bedside?
  • Do you snore?
  • Do you have sleep issues?
  • Do you experience fatigue or a lack of energy?
  • Do you get tingling in your fingers?
  • Do you get palpitations?
  • Do you experience dizziness or feel spaced?

A Yes response to any of these questions may indicate disordered breathing.

How we can help?

  • We scientifically test your breathing pattern
  • We offer breathing retraining courses in the Buteyko Method

Course Details

Courses are held in small groups over a five-day period, 90 minutes daily, with two follow-up sessions included.  Individual courses are also available. 

Using a number of strategies and techniques, breathing retraining helps people to normalise their breathing pattern and comfortably nose-breathe.

Course participants are taught how to unblock the nose and how to improve breathing while eating, sleeping, exercising and performing daily living activities.

Improved breathing may help to reduce symptoms, sometimes within days.

Participants continue to practise the breathing exercise until certain targets are reached so that the improved breathing pattern becomes automatic.

A non-invasive scientific instrument called a CapnoTrainer® is used to assess and monitor breathing.

How Does it Work?

The Buteyko method is a scientifically-based technique, developed by Professor Konstantin Buteyko in the 1950s. It is governed by the standard physiological principles of respiration, the normalisation of breathing and the Bohr Effect.

When we over-breathe, we disturb the balance of gases, oxygen and carbon dioxide in the body. Over-breathing or hyperventilation to use the medical term, means that we increase the volume of air inhaled. It also means that we exhale excessive amounts of carbon dioxide and this may lead to symptoms.

Carbon dioxide is often referred to as a waste gas. This is inaccurate – a certain level of carbon dioxide is essential for several body processes.

The Bohr Effect is a scientific phenomenon which determines the effective release of oxygen from the haemoglobin in our red blood cells and is linked to our carbon dioxide levels.

My new book

Breathe: the 4-week breathing retraining plan to relieve
stress, anxiety and panic

Breathe is available from January 2019 and is published by Hachette Australia in Australia and New Zealand, and by its sister company, Little, Brown Book Group, in the UK and Ireland.

Part 1 of the book provides an explanation into the link between over-breathing and stress, anxiety and panic symptoms. It offers an insight into the human dimension associated with these conditions and explains how improving breathing can improve health.

Part 2 contains breathing retraining strategies and techniques to help people to improve their breathing pattern and gain long-term relief. It includes guidelines on lifestyle, exercise, food and nutrition.

It is available from bookshops, or you may order online:

Breathing Assessment with the CAPNOTRAINER®

The CapnoTrainer® is a non-invasive and scientific way to monitor and assess breathing.

Allocation of carbon dioxide (CO2) through breathing, directly regulates body pH, electrolyte balance, blood distribution, and several body processes.

In this non-invasive assessment, you can see your breathing pattern on a computer screen and gain instant feedback on your breathing.

The CapnoTrainer® displays:

  • end-tidal carbon dioxide levels (ETCO2)
  • breathing rate
  • breathing rhythm
  • heart rate

Reduced ETCO2 levels may indicate over-breathing.

The CapnoTrainer® is an educational instrument designed for enhancing performance through learning and teaching good breathing behaviour.  It is not intended for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Mary Birch, RN, BA, Grad.Dip.Soc. MBioe

Breathing Retraining Practitioner

Mary Birch trained as a nurse at Central Middlesex Hospital, London and has worked in the UK, and in Zambia, Central Africa, as well as lecturing and teaching nursing in Australia. Her breathing retraining practice, Buteyko Bayside Breathing Centre was established in 1999.

Mary is accredited with the Buteyko Institute of Breathing and Health and has written several journal articles on breathing retraining, as well as a book on breathing retraining in stress, anxiety and panic.

Buteyko Bayside Breathing Centre
(03) 9589 4882
Mobile: 0414 812 011

PO Box 85, SANDRINGHAM, Vic. 3191