What is Breathwork?
Breathwork is not a magic fix, it is a way to block out peripheral noise, listen to your soul and then gain the courage to take action in your life.
The primary principle of modern breathwork, is to find energy and healing from within through the use of controlled breathing techniques rather than the use of synthetic drugs or medications.
Controlled breathing teaches our sympathetic nervous system in the brain to switch off its "fight or flight" response and instead activate the "rest and digest" parasympathetic nervous system, allowing us to be less reactive and better able to cope with daily life.
All forms of breathwork share one thing in common...they control the breath in order to bring transformation.
Why should I try it?
How does it feel?
Every session is conducted in a safe and calm environment where together we can figure out the intention or focus that is particular to you at that exact moment in your life. This intention or reason for trying breathwork could be different every time or it might be informed by an ongoing challenge you are facing.
I will guide you through a set of visual images, encourage you to notice sensations and recall memories and then "let you go" ...as your attention is initially forced to focus on breathing, all other stresses and anxiety begin to melt away. Images or clarification may appear to you, occasionally inducing feelings of contentedness or sensations of deep emotion.
How Does it Feel?
During a breathwork session, you are able to concentrate on the here and now, clearing out the other noises in your head, allowing you to access something within that you haven’t paid attention to in a long time.
Many people report feeling personally empowered or a kind of high, while others find a quietness of the mind and relief from daily stress. Whatever it is, connecting with your inner compass determines the most important experience for you and how you can leverage this feeling into your daily life in order to better manage decisions, challenges and personal relationships.
Writing down your thoughts and feelings after the session is a really effective way to prolong the effects and set intentions for daily life.
Does it really work?
Different kinds of breath
Holotropic breathing is practiced for longer than my method and at a much faster pace. Generally, there is a longer period of integration afterward which might include talking and drawing. While this is beautiful, most people I work with don't have time to practice this on a regular basis.
As the name might suggest, this is breathwork that involves drumming, tribal music, bodywork, art, and other indigenous themes.
A trademarked form of breathwork that includes toning, sounds, screams, and banging of your hands and feet on the floor.
Wim Hof Method:
Wim Hof, the Dutch extreme athlete, is a master in breathwork and has helped to bring science and spirituality together in a brilliant way! He has overcome personal tragedy and physical constraints while espousing that anyone can do what he does with the right training. His particular breathing method generally incorporates breath holds and sets of thirty breaths rather than the circular, continuous breath that I work with.