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TotalHealthMatters! Health Workshops for 2016

A series of Health Lifestyle Workshops are planned for 2016 held on the first Thursday evening of each month from February at 6pm to 7.30pm at TotalHealthMatters!, Hawkhurst, Kent.
Each workshop is designed to give you the information needed to help yourself to better health by learning more about each topic from body mechanics to mind training and by giving you practical advice you can use in your everyday life.
This is a great opportunity to learn from three very experience health workers with over seventy years combined practice supporting their work.
It is also an introduction to tomorrow’s healthcare, based on health promotion, holism and sound scientific research.
Your understanding of the driving forces for a long healthy life will not only benefit yourself but all your family and friends with this added knowledge and experience you will derive rom these workshops.
Book the whole series of eight at the discounted fee of £295 or select the individual workshops that interest you the most, at £45 each. Spaces are limited to only ten participants per workshop but if a space is not available you may be added to a priority waiting list for future workshops.
The Full Course (Eight workshops over eight months) view HERE
The individual workshops are shown below:
The Body Connection Part One HERE
The Body Connection Part Two HERE
The Food Connection Part One HERE
The Food Connection Part Two HERE
The Breath Connection Part One HERE
The Breath Connection Part Two HERE
The Mind Connection Part One HERE
The Mind Connection Part Two HERE

The Basics of Stress Management with The Buteyko Method

Occasionally it is a good exercise to try to condense a big idea into a few lines. We have E=mc2 (A. Einstein), “Structure governs function (A T Still- Osteopathy), “Eat a Whole Plant Diet” (Dr C Campbell), “The perfect man breathes as though he is not breathing” (Lao Tzu) so here is a slightly longer summary of the amazingly powerful Buteyko Method.

The Basics of Better Breathing & Better Health

1. The first step is learning the fact that most of us suffer some degree of CHHV or chronic hidden hyperventilation, over-breathing in simple terms.
2. Secondly CHHV makes us ill! Anything from low energy, poor sleep to serious health problems such as asthma, hypertension, sleep apnoea or panic attacks.
3. Most of us arrived at this state because of the many stressful events in our lives, emotional, physical, illnesses, chemical or whatever. Any stress triggers a primitive response called the “Fight or Flight Syndrome” that once protected us from sabre toothed tigers but today is not so useful and more often has an adverse effect on our health.
4. The Fight or Flight response produces over a thousand physiological changes in our bodies preparing us for emergency action, all but three of these responses we have little or no control over, histamine, adrenaline, corticosteroid production etc.
5. We can however take conscious control over three of them; our muscle tension, our breathing and our mental tension.
6. The neat thing is that once we start to take control over muscle tension, mental tension and our breathing all the others are reduced.
7. There is a very detailed physiological explanation for the benefits of better breathing that you can learn about later. Right now all you need to know is that CHHV causes us to lose carbon dioxide (carbon dioxide far from being the deadly gas many of us have been led to believe, it is the essential stuff of all living things, we would be dead without it! We need around 6% in our bodies to function well)
8. Carbon dioxide is so important to our life our breathing is governed by the level of carbon dioxide in our blood, and not oxygen. Receptors in the brain measure the level of carbon dioxide and adjust our breathing accordingly, if too much we are made to breathe more to “wash out” the excess, if too low we are made to breathe less to conserve it.
9. With CHHV our receptors have been set at too low a level of carbon dioxide and much of the breath training will be to correct this, returning them to normal.
10. Low carbon dioxide levels cause: a) Spasm of smooth muscle wrapped around all hollow organs in our body, blood vessels, airways, bladder, gut, etc. b) The blood’s ability to deliver oxygen to all our tissues is impaired and c) the pH, or acid/alkalinity of the body is changed affecting every chemical reaction in our bodies adversely.
11. There are many other effects associated with poor breathing but you can learn about them later.
12. So to correcting your breathing, if you need to! First you need a measure of your breathing. This is based on two very simple checks you do yourself, namely, the control pause and pulse measurements.
13. The control pause (CP) is a measure of your maximum COMFORTABLE breath hold in seconds after a normal exhalation while at rest. Effectively it measures how well your body is oxygenated, if you’re well oxygenated you don’t need another breath for a some time, if very poorly oxygenated you will want to take the next breath almost immediately.
14. The Pulse is measured on your wrist or neck by counting the number of beats in 15 seconds and multiplying by 4 to give number of beats per minute.
15. The table below gives a rough guide as to how good or bad your breathing is related to your CP, your pulse may add more information about this.

Control Pause CO2 Your Breathing State
45-60 seconds 5 – 6 % Excellent normal breathing.
35-45 seconds 4.5 – 5% Good but slight over-breathing
25-35 seconds 4 – 4.5% Moderate hyperventilation
20-25 seconds 3.5 – 4% High hyperventilation affecting your health
15-20 seconds 3 – 3.5% Serious hyperventilation
10-15 seconds 2.5 – 3% Severe hyperventilation
< 10 seconds < 2.5% Critically poor breathing As you improve your breathing you will find your CP increases and your pulse decreases for a while until your normal base level pulse rate is reached. Start Training:

Disclaimer: Please note, breathing has a powerful effect on our entire body and therefore any exercises should be done with caution. If you have a history of any serious condition including, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, psychotic conditions, severe asthma, etc. you are advised to only do breath training with the support and supervision of your doctor health professional or Buteyko Educator. This also applies to anyone with a CP of under 15 seconds.
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The Breath Connection & Orthotropics

The Breath Connection and The Clinic for Facial Orthotropics will be working together to promote healthy teeth, normal facial development and better health through better breathing.

Click on the logo “The Clinic For Facial Orthotropics” for more information

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The Breath Connection Buteyko Breathing Training

The Breath Connection does not treat any condition specifically but teaches clients how to correct the dysfunctional breathing that is invariably associated with most health problems. By normalizing the person’s breathing the body is better able to function, most symptoms are reduced, energy is increased, there are usually improvements in: immune system, body oxygenation, circulation, digestion, sleep, concentration and frequently less medication is needed for their condition.

  • Orthodontic Dental Problems Gum Disease
  • Sports Performance Physical Exercise Improvement
  • Asthma Sinusitis Hay fever Rhinitis
  • Stress Anxiety & Panic Attacks
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME
  • Circulation Angina Hypertension Arrhythmias
  • Insomnia Snoring & Sleep Apnoea

All children who are habitual mouth-breathers will have a malocclusion. The mouth breathers’ maxillae and mandibles are foreshortened. Palatal height is higher overbite is greater in mouth breathers. Overall, mouth breathers have longer faces, with narrower maxillae and foreshortened jaws.

The tongue plays a large part in influencing cranial and maxillary growth. When a child is new born the forward thrusting of the tongue to express milk from the mothers breast is the force that drives the horizontal or forward growth of the maxillae. The tongue is ideally in contact with the roof of the mouth at rest and during the sub-conscious swallow. In this position, the tongue exerts a lateral force, which counterbalances the inward force exerted by the buccinator muscles. This is what maintains the integrity of the developing maxilla. The moment the child is a mouth breather, and the tongue drops to the floor of the mouth, the buccinators continue to push inwards and cause the upper arch to collapse. It is not possible to have the tongue rest and function in the palate and breathe through the mouth. In the chronic mouth breathing child the tongue falls from the roof of the mouth and no longer provides support for the upper arch.

Breathing through the mouth causes or contributes to the following dental problems: Dental decay, Gum disease, Malocclusion (teeth not fitting together properly when the mouth is shut), anterior open bite (prominent top teeth), Reduced dental arch space (narrow roof of the mouth) Greater potential for relapse of orthodontic correction. TMJ dysfunction, (where the jaw bone hinges onto the cheek bone). Bad breath problems.

When the mouth is closed the tongue is normally pressed lightly upwards onto the palate, this constant small pressure ensures the correct development of the upper jaw. If however the mouth is kept open for breathing, the tongue falls to the floor of the mouth and the palate may develop with a high arch and reduced space for the upper teeth. If this kind of breathing is habitual, the face becomes more narrow or elongated compared with that of nose breathing siblings. (Champagne 1991, Rubin 1980)

Stress Management – On Your Smartphone


Stress Management can be literally in your hands today!

There are many systems and methods promoted to take control of stress in our lives, usually involving training courses away from the workplace at inconvenient times.

We at The Breath Connection have developed an App for smartphone or computers, the “MyButeyko  App” that you can use to train yourself to reduce the impact of all stresses you meet in your life.

The common factor that accompanies stressful situations is the triggering of the fight or flight response. This primitive automatic response puts the body on high alert physically and mentally ready to deal with the potential life threatening event. Usually the event is not in the least life threatening but our body does not take the risk and assumes any trigger could be a danger. The fight or flight response can cause over a thousand physiological changes in our bodies and most of them we have little or no control over such as release of adrenaline, increased histamine production, increased output of corticosteroids, increased sweating, raised blood pressure, suppressed immune system, etc. However, there are three reactions we can take conscious control over with practice and they are: muscle tension, mental tension and breathing.

By progressively learning to reduce muscle and mental tension and our breathing rate all the other physiological reactions are also reduced, so damping down the effect of any stress. Your training can be done wherever you are, on your smartphone or on a computer, each exercise may take less than ten minutes and is recorded on your smartphone.

If you are connected to a MyButeyko Registered educator they will immediately be able to see your results and feedback support and comments. You will also be able to track your progress yourself on a graph on your phone. Although you may use the app alone for training  we recommend you connect with  a qualified Buteyko Educator to receive support and monitoring to ensure rapid progress.

Go to our website HERE to learn more and to download the free MyButeyko App.

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How to get that extra 10% from yourself without any effort!



Well the bad news is we don’t have a pill for this!

The good news is that anyone can achieve this extra “zip” in a matter of weeks and at the same time reduce the impact of stress on their lives.

Your body is designed to work very efficiently with very specific requirements just as the best sports car will only perform optimally with the right balance of fuel, air , tyres and driver skill.

For optimal body functioning at mental and physical levels your body requires the right quantity of good nutrition, adequate quality sleep, the right amount of physical activity and the optimal  breathing rate.

For many people today all these factors have been compromised due to recurring stress incidents in their lives; meals are rushed, unhealthy snacks are easy to grab on the go, poor quality sleep leaves us unrefreshed to start the day, our sedentary lifestyles, from bed, to table, to car, to train, to office desk and back home to train, car, table and easy chair in front of the TV means we spend more time sitting than standing or walking and finally those repeated stressors over time lead to constant over-breathing or chronic hidden hyperventilation. It’s a wonder we can function at all!

The Breath Connection training gives you the tools to turn all this around primarily by learning to return your breathing back to normal. This in turn raises body oxygenation  that improves mental ability, physical endurance and efficiency, normalizes  body pH that allows every biochemical process to proceed more efficiently, raises carbon dioxide levels to the optimal 5.5-6.0% eliminating spasm of smooth muscle wrapped around airways, arteries, bladder and gut that cause so many health problems and finally it is almost impossible to be stressed if you are breathing calmly and normally. Does this require a massive effort and expense on your part?

Most people are able to fit the training into their busy daily routine without much trouble and you can get started for just £75 using the latest technology to aid this re-education process, we have an App for smartphone or computer and use the internet  for close support and monitoring throughout your training.  Training can be given face to face or a thousand miles away using Skype.


So, if you want that extra 10% you can learn how to get it in just a few weeks, contact us via the Breath Connection Website, phone us on +44(0)1580 752852 or email us at


The Breath Connection & Stress Explained



Despite the fact that stress is seen as number one cause of serious and not so serious illness, we are rarely given advice from doctors or health workers as to how to cope with this modern problem. The chart above gives a simplified view of what happens when we are subjected to any stress, be it emotional, physical, infection, odd food, chemical or whatever. The primitive “fight or flight” response is triggered instantly that produces a vast array of physiological changes preparing us to fight or flee from a predator or danger. With few sabre toothed tigers around these days compared with 50,000 years ago this response is not so useful as we rarely leap into physical activity but usually grit our teeth and restrain ourselves from doing any violence to anything. Repeated stress events from birth to adulthood cause long-term problems, one of which is a bad habit of over-breathing, or hyperventilation. Chronic hyperventilation produces its own array of health problems that include most modern diseases, most are treated with drugs that suppress the symptoms but leave this underlying problem untouched. This is good news for drug companies and for those who want quick fixes to their health problems.

So that’s the bad news!

Since over 75% of the population suffer some degree of Chronic hidden hyperventilation, the chances are that you do too!

If in doubt check your breathing with this one minute video HERE

Now for the good news!

Anyone can learn to normalise their breathing in a few weeks with the right training and as your breathing returns to normal most of the 1,400 other physiological changes triggered off by the stress reaction are reduced or eliminated. There are many ways of improving your breathing but the one system that has been tried and tested for over 50 years, has been subjected to many clinical trials and has been used by hundreds of thousands of patients  is the Buteyko Breathing Method. This is the foundation of the training given by the Breath Connection and AsthmaCareKent and ButeykoKent.

You can train using Skype and our smartphone app that will work on your computer as well, anywhere in the world or in house in Kent. Courses start at £75 and full long-term support and training for the more complex health cases is around £300.

Get pdf details HERE.



The Buteyko Method for Asthma: Breath training gains Highest GINA (Global Initiative for Asthma) Evidence Rating


The Buteyko Method & GINA





2010: First Appearance of Buteyko in the GINA guidelines


The Buteyko Method first appeared in the 2010 update of the GINA guidelines.  Under the heading of “Complementary and Alternative Medicine”, the 2010 version noted that the Buteyko Method may provide a useful supplement to conventional asthma strategies, particularly in anxious patients or those habitually over-using their medication.  This version also began to mention the existence of emotional stress that can lead to hyperventilation and hypocapnia.

2012: Recognized effects

  it improves symptoms, quality of life and/or psychological measures of asthma patients.  It also reduces medicine use. The 2012 update of the GINA guidelines gave a more comprehensive analysis of the Buteyko Method.  The document recognizes that the studies on the Buteyko Method shows that it can improve symptoms, short-acting B2-agonist use, and quality of life and/or psychological measures of asthma patients.  It met the same conclusion as to its predecessor: that the Buteyko Method may provide a useful supplement to conventional asthma strategies, particularly in anxious patients or those habitually over-using their medication.  Hyperventilation is again mentioned in the 2010 version stating that it can complicate the diagnosis and assessment of severity and control of asthma. Unfortunately, in both documents, the authors have decided not to post their assessment on the level of evidence.  They did however mention that the Buteyko Method had some evidence.

2014: Highest rating attained

In the 2014 version of the GINA guidelines, the heading of “Complementary and Alternative Medicine”, was removed, and the Buteyko Method (listed as breathing exercises) was included as a non-pharmaceutical treatment option.  It received a Level “A” rating for the quality of evidences.  Although the Buteyko Method is not designated, of all breath training systems that have been subjected to clinical trials for the relief of asthma symptoms only the Buteyko Method has the extent and quality of research. The document also now mentions dysfunctional breathing as an entity that can co-exist with asthma.






The British Thoracic Society Endorsed Buteyko May 2008

The updated British Guidelines for the Management of Asthma have endorsed Buteyko Technique so that GPs and asthma nurses can now recommend it with confidence.

The new guidelines grade the research on Buteyko as a ‘B’ classification – indicating that there are high quality clinical trials supporting the efficacy of the therapy in reducing both asthma symptoms and broncho-dilator usage.

No other complementary therapy has been endorsed by this body for the treatment of asthma. The guidelines are produced jointly by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network and the British Thoracic Society.

“The Buteyko breathing technique specifically focuses on control of hyperventilation and any ensuing hypocapnia. Four clinical trials suggest benefits in terms of reduced symptoms and bronchodilator usage but no effect on lung function. The Buteyko breathing technique may be considered to help patients to control the symptoms of asthma.”




All trials have shown approximately 90% reduction in reliever medication, approximately 50% reduction of steroid inhalers,
reduction in coughing & wheezing,
improvement of sleep and general improved quality of life 
All without adverse side effects.

The Calgary Trial 2007

“I’ve been astonished and also very pleased with the excellent result. There is no disruption of their life at all by their disease: normal activities; not waking at night; not needing to use any reliever medications. It’s just great…75% control is about as good as anyone has got in any study of asthma. The neat thing about it is that it has no side effects. It’s very safe. The Buteyko technique certainly has been shown to be an important adjunct to treatment.”

Dr. Robert Cowie Respirologist.

See a listing of all recent trials at: HERE

Start your Buteyko Breath Training  from £75 ( $125 )* with the latest technology on your smartphone or computer, 

HERE (For face to face training in Kent UK) or

HERE (For Skype Training anywhere in the world)

* Starter Course.  Full training with six month’s  real-time support & monitoring  £300 ($500)


UK Asthma Care Failing – That’s Official!

Asthma patients breath 2-3 times more than normal

Inappropriate prescription of asthma drugs,  inadequate A&E support, poor compliance of patients with their asthma management programs and excessive reliance on medication rather than greater education and training  of asthma sufferers have all led to the current situation.

The UK is one of the worst countries in Europe for asthma treatment according to the latest official reports.

The reason for our failures is being put down to inadequate funding, but more cash is not always the panacea.

If every asthma nurse were to teach their patients the significance of breath control based on the clinically proven Buteyko Method there would be two major outcomes; the asthma drugs bill for the NHS would be reduced by half and patients would be better able to manage their asthma with less reliance on drugs and enjoy a better quality of life.

The cost of the additional training would be offset within months by the ensuing savings on drugs, doctors appointments and reduced A&E admissions.

Check out other references to asthma in this series of blogs for further information.

All clinical trials of the Buteyko Method for the support of asthma patients have demonstrated up to 90% reduction in the need for reliever medication and up to 50% reduction of steroids, reduced coughing, reduced wheezing and less breathlessness along with improved sleep and general quality of life.


What is the connection between your smartphone & a long heathy life?

Click on this image to refresh your memory of “If”.

If you could increase your energy levels for life

If you could improve your sleep & manage with less

If you could boost your immune system without supplements or drugs

If you could help your body deal better with any disease or condition

If you could be less affected by daily stressors of life & be more calm

If you could improve your golf handicap or other sporting activity by a few percent

If you could save your child from developing orthodontic problems

If you could reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes, and many other common diseases

And if you could learn to do all this with your smartphone for £1.99, why would you not be interested in knowing more?

The connection referred to above is your breathing, the most important activity in your life yet the most neglected area of study in medicine today.

Almost 90% of us in the West over-breathe or hyperventilate and this has profound adverse effects on our health but is often just a bad habit that can be eliminated easier than other bad habits such as over-eating or smoking.

With apologies to Rudyard Kipling’s “If”, sort your breathing out and you’ll be a better person in many ways!

Get the App for your smartphone HERE and make a start today to kick the bad breathing habit with the MyButeyko App.

If you feel you need us to help you keep to the straight and narrow path with some support & monitoring  then check out this Skype distant learning  option HERE

The Breath Connection Skype Training: Distant Learning Course “Getting Started” £75


The Skype Buteyko Training Course is given on a 1-2-1 basis, the following is a guide to what you will learn in a course. There may be variations on content and timing depending on the client’s needs. We aim to improve your breathing, reducing chronic hidden hyperventilation and raising your Control Pause (the Buteyko measure of your breathing) by the end of the course. This will ensure your symptoms reduce and you regain better health. Our Skype name is “BUTEYKOMIKE” Once we have received your completed registration form and course fee & you have downloaded the MyButeyko App for your training on your computer or smart phone you can begin. Three month’s follow-up support & monitoring is usually essential to break what is essentially a lifetime’s bad breathing habit, you can discuss this with us in Part Five of the course.

Download pdf Details of Five Part Skype Course : SKYPECOURSE

Follow-up programme – Optional but strongly recommended!

We commit to giving you as much personal attention as you need to help you achieve your personal health goals. The new MyButeyko app makes real time monitoring simple and effective.

” Getting Started” £75

MyButeyko App Close Support & Monitoring (30 minutes Skype/tel./email support per month) £25/month

MyButeyko App basic monitoring & text/email support as required £10/month

 Tel: contact: 0800 781 2534    e-mail:  

Michael Lingard BSc DO BIBH BBEC