Why Breathwork

Knowing how to use your breath
is crucial for self healing, optimal health and well being, functional and performance breathing, improving your sleep, reducing depression, and lowering stress and anxiety.

How it Works

Using the energy of your breath to breakthrough behaviours and conditioning that you have learnt throughout your life, letting it go and stepping into who you truly are. The process of bringing whatever emotion needs to come to the surface and moving it through your body releasing it in a safe space. The guided breathing techniques allow conscious and unconscious areas to emerge in the form of bodily sensations, thoughts, emotions and profound experiences. 

The mechanism by which the breath can elicit these profound breakthroughs and experiences is best explained with the following analogy. 

'The breathwork process on a subjective level is to consider a vessel or container. If a vase is empty, it is possible to fill that container with water. If, however, a vase is already full of something other than water, efforts to further fill the container will be, to say the least, unsuccessful. The same can be said for the human emotional processes. If one consciously works to draw positive energy into the body (the vessel), success will be obtained only inasmuch as the vessel is empty of negative emotions and beliefs.

 

The healing process, then, requires the emptying out of negative thoughts, emotions, and beliefs so that filling with more adaptive energies, emotions, and beliefs can occur. What, then, is being emptied? If the ultimate goal of human development is toward self-actualization (characterized by wisdom, humility, love, compassion, and self-sacrifice), then that which must be "emptied" are self-imposed barriers that were constructed over one's lifetime. Although these impediments (i.e., defense mechanisms, emotional cutoffs, repressions, stored body memories) may have been adaptive at the time they developed, they have become blocks to one's happiness.

 

Therefore, the emptying process for most adults involves accessing, experiencing, and creating corrective experiences for painful emotions, distorted personal beliefs, and physical somatization caused by psychological injury.'

*Young, J Scott; Cashwell, Craig S; Giordano, Amanda L, Breathwork as a Therapeutic Modality: An Overview for Counselors (Counseling and Values, 2010).

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