Ron Gibson writes:
Some people are excellent at what they do – and Steve Lumsdaine at Breath Connection is one on those people. I met Steve for the first time in August last year in Busselton and in that conversation we discussed my asthma. At the time I was taking medication for it but was still experiencing shortness of breath and wheeziness especially whilst trying to get to sleep at night. I wasn’t sleeping well and was feeling tired throughout most days.
Long story short; Steve, who is an accredited Buteyko Practitioner and Practitioner Trainer, put me through his breath re-training program which, because of the distance between us, we did on Skype. Our sessions have been relaxed, flexible, personal and very time efficient – from the comfort and convenience of my home office.
Firstly we corrected my chronic habit of mouth-breathing and then set about re-training my breathing. This has made a huge positive difference to my health and quality of life. I’m now sleeping so much better. My wheezing at night has all but stopped and I’m almost completely off my asthma medication. These days I’m snoring less (my wife is happy about that) and I have a lot more energy during the day. Overall I’m feeling more alive and vital than I was three months ago and am looking forward to continuing and increased benefits.
If you are experiencing any difficulty breathing or sleeping or dealing with stress and anxiety, you might want to have a word with Steve Lumsdaine – he’s a good bloke and it’s certainly been my personal experience that he knows his stuff. It’s easy for me to recommend Steve and I will be doing so every chance I get.
Barry Green and I are kindred spirits and escapees from commercial television. We also share a technical background, passion for community, Permaculture, organic production of food and a general distrust of multinationals and large bureaucracies. We are currently both members of Geographe Business Referral Group.
Barry is the ultimate business referrer, having a chain of Western Tourist Radio local transmitters in the Southwest of Western Australia. Paradoxically, he now also has a global coverage via Sound Cloud and the Internet.
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Interesting information about sleep apnoea:
This article is written in Western Australia. Requirements may differ in other jurisdictions.
If you have a drivers license, diiagnosed sleep apnoea is one of a number of medical conditions for which you are required to notify the WA Department of Transport. Then your drivers license will probably become conditional on receiving ‘appropriate medical treatment’. See the above Transport link for details including fine for failure to notify.
If you have or are applying for life insurance, you may also be required to notify the insurer, resulting in increased premiums or cancellation or denial of the policy. Failure to notify may result in invalidation of the policy.
A diagnosis of sleep apnoea may also affect your employability. See “A Rude Awakening”
The “Gold Standard” treatment for sleep apnoea is Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CPAP) machine. The compliance of recipients of CPAP therapy varies enormously depending on the definitions of “compliance” and the vested interests of the publishers of the figures. eg from 17% (University Study) to 98% (Marketer of CPAP machines).
You may choose to investigate the possibility of eliminating sleep apnoea, naturally, by re-training your breathing before having a sleep study as, once diagnosed, it can be a difficult process to clear.
Steve Lumsdaine is the owner & principal practitioner of Breath Connection
ph: (08) 9754 1304 | m: 0408 464 549
We’ll teach you to breathe correctly and the results will very likely astound you.