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AIMA dinner presentation - Patrick McHugh & Glenn White

AIMA dinner presentation - Patrick McHugh & Glenn White

Fernz Restaurant, Birkenhead, Tuesday 28 June 2011

A two-part presentation – in the first part Patrick will present part of the research that TCTTRT has been involved in, especially Buteyko Breathing Technique along with plans for an Auckland-based clinical trial. In the second part of the presentation Glenn will “demystify” the Buteyko Breathing Technique with a brief explanation of the breathing retraining programme he teaches at his Auckland clinic.

NOTE:  Open to Australasian integrative medicine Association (AIMA) members and guests only


Patrick McHugh

A registered medical practitioner who has also trained in musculoskeletal medicine, Bowen Therapy, Healing Touch, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) and various forms of meditation. Patrick works in Gisborne as a GP, GP Liaison, part-time ED doctor and complementary health practitioner as well as being one of the lead researchers with the Tairawhiti Complementary and Traditional Therapies Research Trust (TCTTRT) – a Gisborne-based organisation set up some 12 years ago to research complementary and traditional therapies. The TCTTRT has conducted and published research on Buteyko Breathing Technique, Bowen Therapy and in-patient use of complementary and traditional therapies with other as yet unpublished research using HeartMath technologies and Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (a form of meditation on the breath).


Glenn White, Buteyko practitioner

Glenn White is a Buteyko Institute certified practitioner and director of the Buteyko breathing clinic in Auckland, New Zealand. Glenn overcame a life time of asthma and allergies after completing a Buteyko breathing programme in 2000. He has been asthma, allergy and drug free since that time. Overcoming a lifetime illness inspired Glenn to train as a Buteyko practitioner in the UK returning to open the Buteyko breathing clinic in Auckland, New Zealand.

The clinic specialises in a wide range of breathing related disorders including snoring, sleep apnoea, asthma, allergies, hay fever, chronic bronchitis, stress related conditions, panic attacks and chronic fatigue. As of May 2011, over 4,000 people have attended his clinic for help with breathing disorders. Clients are referred by doctors, dentists, natural health practitioners and by word of mouth, attesting to the success of the programme. 

Glenn has spoken at conferences both nationally and internationally and was part of a group of four practitioners that travelled to Havana, Cuba in 2004 to train 14 practitioners. Two hundred children and adults were taught Buteyko during the training programme.

Glenn contributes regular articles on breathing disorders to local magazines and his work has attracted media interest including a feature on New Zealand television in 2006.

Glenn is committed to helping incorporate Buteyko into general practice to reduce the burden of breathing disorders like asthma in New Zealand and worldwide.

Read Glenn's story here...

Posted: Fri 24 Jun 2011

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