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Viv Smith, Nelson

Viv Smith, Nelson

Glenn is a wonderful teacher and he and Buteyko have turned my life around. I've suffered from asthma since I was a child, (though was only diagnosed as an adult), having spent years coughing and wheezing.

My medication steadily progressed as my condition deteriorated, through Ventolin, and then on to Becotide, Tilade, Serevent, Codeine tablets, Flixotide, Alanase, then Prednisone. My GP was on the point of prescribing me Prednisone long-term, and I was resigned as seeing myself as a 'sick' person. Then a friend recommended I tried Buteyko and everything turned around for me.

I attended Glenn's course in Wanaka in February 2008. From the first day of the course I no longer needed Ventolin when I exercised. Glenn advised me to only drop my medication in consultation with my GP, so I went to see her on my return. She couldn't believe the change in me and said she wished she had a before and after photograph!

I have now stopped taking Serevent and have dropped from Flixotide 250mg x2 puffs twice a day, to Flixotide 125mg x 1 puff twice a day. I have no asthma symptoms for the first time in twenty years -- I sleep well at night and can walk, bike and swim again.

I feel unchained from the medication I was previously forced to take everywhere with me. While I was in Wanaka, I even climbed a mountain -- with no breathlessness or coughing! By teaching me Buteyko, Glenn has given me back my life.

Glenn has an intuitive, empowering teaching style and a great sense of humour. He clearly has great knowledge of the Buteyko method and his enthusiasm for it is contagious. I will be forever grateful for his support and encouragement and I cannot recommend him highly enough.

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