Breathwork encompasses various techniques that incorporate intentional use of the breath. Basically, you can learn to regulate the flow of breath to balance the body and mind.
We study the effects today – but the power of breathing has long been revered in many cultures. Practices range from simple deep breathing to more advanced methods.
Breathwork is an all-natural, at-your-fingertips way to enhance your wellbeing!
Conscious breathing practices for the purpose of physical, psychological, emotional, and even spiritual healing can be found in many places and time periods across the globe.
Most notably, breathwork has been continually practiced in China, India, Japan, and Tibet for healing and maintaining good health. Evidence of breathwork dates back to 2700 B.C.E. in China and 3000 B.C.E. in India. The practices have since been refined for modern use and supported by evidence-based results.
Types of Breathwork
Breath of Fire: In this more advanced method, an instructor will guide participants to create a breath pattern that utilizes the muscles of the core on the exhale. Exhaling through the nose, you engage your abdominal muscles to send the breath out. A passive inhale through the nose follows, as the abdominal muscles relax and expand. This breath rejuvenates to the body and helps create steadiness in the mind.
Holotropic Breathwork: This highly advanced breathing method requires the guidance of an experienced instructor. The breathing pattern is, essentially, a continuous inhale and exhale, with no pause in between. This breath sends an increased amount of oxygen throughout the body, renewing cells from within.
Benefits of Breathwork
- Breathwork helps put the brakes on an acute stress response and diverts the health problems associated with chronic stress.
- By eliciting the body’s relaxation response, deep abdominal breathing helps reduce blood pressure.
- More complex methods, such as Holotropic breathwork with a trained instructor, have been linked to enhancing addiction recovery as well as supporting cathartic release of stress and trauma.
3 reasons that breathwork is so powerful.
The first benefit of breathwork is that the innate wisdom of your breath and life force knows exactly where to go for the level of healing that is available for you at any given time. As the breath opens meridians and channels and aligns your body with its inherent and Universal energy, healing happens. There is no need to think, process, or figure anything out after a session. To know you can receive clarity and peace without thinking is revelatory.
In a breathwork session, you do not need to imbibe an external substance, so there is an inner empowerment that comes from you. Your breath can become the source of answers to questions, insights to challenges, freedom from feeling stuck, and downloads to what’s next for you, your life, and your work in the world.
Breathwork supports so many of the challenges everyone experiences. It reduces stress, creates feelings of openness, love, peace, gratitude, clarity, communication, and connection. Breathwork also helps release trauma or mental, physical, and emotional blocks, as well as anxiety, depression, fear, grief, and anger. Last, it can help people receive insights from ancestors and loved ones who have transitioned, as well as downloads about work, creativity, finances, relationships, or health conditions.
Your experience and process with breathwork will be unique. Talk to a healthcare provider before doing any breathwork therapies. This is especially important if you have any medical conditions or take medications.
Once you decide which type of breathwork you’d like to try, look for a practitioner with whom you can have one or more sessions. You can find a practitioner by seeking a personal recommendation from someone you trust.
Carefully note how you react to any breathwork techniques and discontinue the practice if you find that you are experiencing any adverse reactions.