November 2012 – I was on a Air Canada flight flying from Vancouver to Chicago OHare airport, where I’ll be connected onto another flight flying to Germany. After the plane had levelled in the air, the lady on my left who was seating in the windows seat asked where I was going, I told her I was attending MEDICA in Dusseldorf; it’s the largest annual medical trade fair. She was a marketing manager of a company in the oil and energy industry, and she was heading to Chicago to meet some of their clients.
She told me both her husband and her son had issues with asthma and hay fever, but before I had the chance to start my quick 30 seconds information session on Buteyko Breathing Technique, she quickly continued on saying that she had already found an easy fix to it. Was I surprised by the solution she found? No, because it was “nasal breathing”. She said just by ensuring her husband and her son to nasal breathing at all time, their symptoms had reduced significantly and were healthier than before. A very clever mom, she had perfect understanding and awareness of the importance of our nose.
There are many sources that promote the benefit of nasal breathing, but most of the time we simply ignore them because “breathing through your nose” just doesn’t sound exciting or significant at all. But sometimes, it is this kind of small detail or habit, which carries a great impact to you and me.