Which breathing exercises for asthma are there?
If you take part in a BBT course, you’ll be taught how to incorporate different breathing exercises into your everyday life so that as each week builds on the last, you learn useful ways to help manage your symptoms.
Many people have fallen into a habit of mouth breathing, and one of the first techniques that BBT teaches is how to breathe through your nose again. It does sound easy, but if you are a mouth breather by habit, getting used to breathing through your nose all or most of the time can be hard to master.
You’ll be taught a series of nodding, tipping, and ‘hold and blow’ exercises to help to clear your nostrils, which will make nose breathing easier before you start the proper breathing exercises.
You’ll be told to try covering your mouth for an hour every day, which will force you to breathe through your nose, and for extra training add 15 minute nose-breathing walks into your routine, in which you’re asked not to speak so that you can concentrate on breathing correctly.
You’ll be taught to sit quietly and start ‘relaxed breathing’ while you consciously relax the rest of your body, all the time focusing on your breathing.
A technique called the ‘Control Pause’ involves holding your breath while you time yourself. This creates a kind of mild air hunger, which is something encouraged by the BBT. You’ll practice this several times as the course goes on to see how well you’re progressing.
Along with these exercises, there are some more advanced exercises including the ‘Stop Cough’, the ‘Extended Pause’ and the ‘Reduced and Very Reduced Breathing’.