What’s High Altitude at Sea Level breathing?
Why do you need to know?
High altitude breathing has been going on for years. Most people have heard about elite athletes traveling to the mountains to practice their sport, particularly track and field. Sometimes you’ll hear about football players or cyclists trying to do it. They’re trying to build up red blood cells to carry more oxygen to their tissues when they get back to their own hometown elevation. What they’re really doing is training their body to be used to a new level of carbon dioxide, which is what you need to do so the red blood cells release the oxygen.
There’s this thing called the Bohr Effect that in high altitudes, in simplest terms, would be the balance between CO2 and O2 – carbon dioxide and oxygen.
In Buteyko breathing, we teach your body to breathe less to be healthier. We start by getting a good handle on how tolerant you are to CO2, the more health problems you have the less tolerant you are to the CO2 and you’ll breathe Thin Air more.
Many studies show us that people who are sick with things as diverse as diabetes, COPD, or anxiety breathe more.
In Buteyko, we help your body become accustomed to more CO2 by simple breath-holding. Once the breath holding becomes easy we add some movement to give a little stress. All this is at your own pace. If you can only hold your breath for a count of 5 or 10 we’ll start there, or if you can, we’ll start at 35. It’s at YOUR pace.
A Buteyko practitioner can reduce asthma symptoms, that’s what it was originally designed to do. Also, it can help improve your stamina for your athletic training. Do you find you’re breathing with your mouth open when you’re exerting yourself? Like walking from your car to the store in the parking lot or running your distance, Buteyko can help you. It’s like practicing in Denver without leaving your state.