"Keeping in mind all the complications that can emerge during the training, we forbid self-training. Supervision by a specially trained practitioner is essential"
We follow the guidelines of Professor Buteyko with regards to the training and administration of Practitioners.
They are as follows:
When a prospective Practitioner has managed to master the method for themselves, reverse their chronic diseases and achieve a high "Control Pause", they may commence training. Initially, this involves assisting a fully qualified practitioner, with a title of "Associate Facilitator". After gaining sufficient experience, they may go on to practicing under supervision, with the title of "Senior Facilitator".
Upon the recommendation of their teacher they may begin to work independently, but still report their results and progress to their teacher. At this point they are an "Associate Practitioner".
After around five years of working with students and gaining diverse experience with complicated and difficult cases and demonstrating solid results and upon the recommendation of their teacher, they are able to work independently, at which point they hold the position of "Practitioner".
The process of becoming a fully qualified and endorsed Practitioner is around five to seven years.
Meet our Practitioners...
Senior Buteyko Consultant
Vladimir commenced his training with Professor Buteyko in 1979 to treat his allergies and a heart condition. He left his position as the head of the mathematical faculty of the University of Kemerove, to work and train under Alexander Stalmatsky, Dr Sheveiev and Sergei Luzgin – giving workshops all over the Soviet Union.
In 1985 he received his diploma from Professor Buteyko who appointed him to manage the vast Kuszbass region (Eastern Siberia) wherein he supervised workshops for thousands of people in factories, chemical plants and mining operations. He became one of the most experienced Russian Buteyko Practitioners — with a particular interest in complex and serious disorders.
Professor Buteyko awarded him one of only several “Audit Diplomas” in which he was authorised to check the work of other practitioners and now offers practitioner training online. From 1997 -2003 he practised in the UK and Europe and now regularly conducts intermediate workshops and trains the Learn Buteyko facilitators and practitioners.
Christopher Drake was the first “Western” practitioner to receive diploma accreditation from Professor Buteyko, whilst under the supervision of his teacher Alexander Stalmatsky.
In 1991 he co-founded the first authorised Buteyko Clinic in “West’ in Sydney Australia and participated in the first published medical trials. He introduced the method to the UK in 1996, where his results attracted major publicity. He has taught over 20,000 students in Australia. UK, US, Europe and Asia.
In January 2013 Christopher launched the Learn Buteyko Online service to promote and offer the Classical Buteyko Method to students all over the world. Christopher teaches Advanced training online and takes a special interest in serious cases. He divides his time between Europe and Asia.
Martha became involved with Buteyko in 2007 to treat her chronic fatigue and did so well at mastering the method personally and reversing her health problems, she was invited to train as a practitioner by her teacher, Christopher Drake.
After assisting as a Facilitator and working as an Associate Practitioner for seven years, Martha now holds the position of "Practitioner", upon the recommendation of Vladmir Sukhonosov.
In 2011, Marcelle began assisting as a facilitator, after managing to overcome her own debilitating health problems. She has worked with Martha following up students over the past 5 years and frequently assists Vladimir online. Marcelle regularly conducts basic workshops under supervision and in 2015 was awarded the role of Associate Practitioner.
Joe hails is from Yorkshire and learned the method in 2011. After managing to overcome a decade of fatigue from chemical exposure, he is an enthusiastic proponent of the method and has a keen interest to make it more available to others. Joe regularly conducts basic workshops under supervision and in 2015 was awarded the role of Associate Practitioner.
Pipat was one of the first Buteyko students in Thailand and has managed to develop an exceptional standard of personal practice. He assists Vladimir and Christopher for serious cases within the administration of the IAOBP. He is based in Thailand.
Liora is from Israel and is actively engaged in teaching Yoga introducing her students to Buteyko's ideas on breathing which are along the same lines as those of authentic yogis. She has been practicing the Classical Buteyko Method since 2014 and has made some significant improvements with her own health. Liora actively promotes facilitates online training for those wishing to learn this approach in Hebrew.
Tini is from the Netherlands and after managing to make significant improvements with her own health, she joined our team and is working towards becoming a practitioner. She actively promotes and now facilitates online training for those wishing to learn Classical Buteyko Method in Dutch.
Eirini is a medical doctor, a mother of three children and she overcame symptoms of chronic fatigue over a period of six - nine months. As a consequence she has become an enthusiastic explorer of the Classical Buteyko Method and its huge benefits. She actively promotes and facilitates adults and children wishing to learn about Professor Buteyko's approach in Greek.
Laila lives in California and learned the Method in 2015. She suffered with chronic, and at times severe, asthma since infancy which significantly became more serious and complicated by adrenal fatigue. She began practicing the Method, attended workshops, and with the additional support of individual training she was able to reverse a life time of chronic asthma. Because of her gratitude for the Method and a desire to benefit others she was invited to join the Buteyko team in 2017. Today she enjoys a level of health greater than she has ever experienced in her life. She actively promotes and facilitates training for those wishing to learn Classical Buteyko Method in the United States.
I came to Buteyko and was curious as to why I have such a healthy life with a control pause of 16. I’ve made it to the Olympics as a swimmer in 2000. Haven’t really been ill for 16 years and have a successful career as a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer. It’s amazing how the mind can let you live in an illusion. Upon starting the method it was soon revealed that what I thought was health, was really just a strong immune system powered by will. The method revealed: the sinus problems I had as a child, the destruction that a highly competitive sport can do to a very young athlete, the addictive behaviors that one uses to cover up the anxiety from trauma, the bully that lived inside telling me to overextend no matter what the price. The continued process of knowing myself and growing my consciousness is where my Buteyko practice becomes the constant in the chaos. Keep calm and breathe less. I would like to assist students to become a better version of themselves. Anyone who would like to take responsibility for their own health and do the work required, will reap the benefits.
Nikki came to Buteyko in December 2017. She has almost completely reversed her chronic asthma (of 40 years) in 10 months as well as having huge benefits to all areas of her health and mental health. Paul, 52, a high school teacher, has been practicing since January 2018. He has reversed his suffering of migraines, fatigue, depression and greatly reduced his cholesterol level. He has never been happier or enjoyed teaching as much. Nikki and Paul are excited to spread the wonders of the Buteyko method and have arranged a couple of seminars so far and plan to organize more.
I, Professor Konstantin Buteyko, the inventor of the method of treatment for some chronic diseases of the respiratory system, nervous system, hormonal system, cardio-vascular system, immune system (Patent No: 1067640), known in the West as the Buteyko Method, categorically make this statement:
The Buteyko Method appears misleadingly simple to practice. However, there is a specific training on how to apply this method to each individual patient. If this is done incorrectly there could be severe complications and damaging effects on a patient’s health.
It is for this reason that I only allow qualified practitioners to teach the Buteyko Method to patients in a workshop environment. As a Professor of Medicine I clearly state that it is dangerous for medical doctors or health care professionals to practice the Buteyko Method without the appropriate training.
I categorically state that it is exceedingly dangerous for patients to be instructed in the Buteyko Method through the medium of video, audio tapes, books, instructions and manuals. The Buteyko Practitioner assesses the 4 page Patient History Form before commencement of the workshop. They then monitor the progress of each individual patient on a daily basis during the workshop course, adjusting the use of the techniques to each individual’s need, to ensure correct use of the method and prevent complications arising. They are available for follow-up consultations where necessary.
Any Buteyko practitioner who does not train patients thoroughly in the Buteyko Method by taking shortcuts with videos, tapes, books, instructions and manuals and who try to offer training to potential Buteyko practitioners will have their certificates removed.
I will also use legal measures and public opinion to stop those who misuse and abuse my method and bring the Buteyko Method into disrepute.
Meanwhile, I will wish people well – my only concern is to see the Buteyko Method taught correctly in the West.
I congratulate all patients who have achieved freedom from their disease by practising the Buteyko Method.