The Buteyko method
involved training them to control their breathing to take in less oxygen.
He now runs his own Liverpool-based consultancy - Breathing4life.com - helping people to learn the Buteyko method
One technique that has become well known, particularly for teaching children to stop mouth breathing, is the Buteyko method
. This method can be helpful for both asthma and mouth breathing.
As Jac Vidgen, promoter and instructor of the Buteyko Method
, emphasized, even if you pinch your nose closed, it won't stop breathing.
Quinn recommends yoga, which creates a deep awareness of breathing, and the Buteyko Method
, which offers exercises that improve your breathing chemistry so that more oxygen arrives at your cells, keeping airways open.
The book then instructs readers on correct breath-ing while talking sleeping and performing physical activity using the Buteyko Method
. Ways to test the body's improvement are provided and McKeown advises readers to test their progress frequently.
A number of patients find the Buteyko Method
helpful in controlling the symptoms of asthma.
Now a recent study into the Buteyko method
has shown that it halved volunteers' inhaler usage within weeks.
After spending more than 36 years suffering from the symptoms of asthma, father-of-two Mr Champion decided to try the Buteyko method
after watching his wife, Arleen die of brain cancer in November 2000.
Former asthma sufferer Dennis Champion, who found a cure using the Buteyko method
, is organising the courses, along with practitioner Jill McGowan.
The Buteyko method
aims to normalise breathing by teaching asthmatics to breathe correctly 24 hours a day - when sleeping, speaking, eating and exercising.
Assistant Divisional Officer Tony Waters said: "In the long-term, we're looking at working with Jill on various community projects and learning the Buteyko method
ourselves, to help our officers in situations where they need to wear breathing apparatus.