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Standard Breathwork

Breath is the essence of life, the spirit that animates a physical being. It is the first thing we do when we are born, and the last thing we do before we leave this earth. It is natural and so is something that we rarely pay attention to.

Over the years there have been countless scientific studies done on breath and breathing and the effects it can have on our physiology, our mental and physical well-being.

Breathing can prevent pain, relieve stress, anxiety, and discomfort. It can provoke the Flight or fight syndrome, increase our heart rate and our blood pressure and correspondingly it can lower them too.

One thing is for sure Breath is Powerful and can activate the sympathetic or the parasympathetic nervous system. Even more amazing is that we have the ability to take conscious control of it.

When we use the breath in the right way we can cause our bodies to release powerful chemicals, such as Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin to name just a few that can bring on feelings of Joy, peace, and even euphoria, saturating the system with oxygen and feel good chemicals and spurring the body into healing.

What is Breathwork

Breathwork refers to numerous conscious breathing exercises and techniques used to improve mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. It involves intentionally changing your breathing pattern in a conscious and systematic way to achieve desired results, which in most cases will be to achieve either a state of deep relaxation, a connection to the body, to the Spirit, or for the release of some trauma.

 

Breathwork techniques can range from dynamic and very energetic to very calming and grounding.

Breathing is vital to all our needs: we can stay alive without food for weeks, without water for days, but we can only survive without breath for minutes.

On an Emotional level, breathing can release and help us process trauma, relieve stress, and control anxiety. Paying attention to your breath can help you to connect with your Mind, your Body, and your Emotions. Spiritually, breathwork techniques can alter your state of being and allow you to access deeper levels of consciousness becoming more fully self-aware.

Breath work (conscious breathing) can be used in many ways either as a standalone therapy, or it can be used in conjunction with many other therapeutic modalities.

Incidentally it is often said that it is the Spirit that animates the body, did you know the word spirit came into Middle English via Old French esperit. Its source is Latin spiritus whose original meaning was “breath, breathing” Interesting yes!

Standard Breathwork Session

In booking a standard Breathwork session you will be required to consciously control your breath and when you are ready, to also surrender to the process with the purpose and intention that you set.

A Standard Breathwork session will involve the following;

  • Music

  • Conscious Connected Breathing

  • Some Verbal Guidance

It may also Include some or all of the following;

  • Dynamic Breathing

  • Breath Holding

  • Slow Deep Breathing

See below for clarification of the above terms;

 

Conscious Connected Breathing

Conscious Connected Breathing simply put is the Conscious part is knowingly taking taking control of your breath. The Connected part simply means the in and out breath are connected, so you breath in you breath out with no pause in between.

 

Verbal Guidance

Throughout the session there will be some limited verbal guidance by way of encouragement, support and as a reminder to breathe.

Dynamic Breathing;

Dynamic Breathing for the purpose of of our sessions means, short sharp in and out breaths, a bit like a dog Panting but not quite so fast. All techniques used will be fully demonstrated before and during the session.

Breath Holding; 

Occasionally if deemed appropriate you maybe asked to take a deep breath in and then to hold your breath for as long as is comfortable for you without straining.

Slow Deep Breathing;

Sometimes you maybe asked to take some nice slow deep breaths (without strain) breathing as slowly in and out as you can.

Other Breathing Techniques;

Such as Box Breathing, 2 x1 breathing, Ujjayi Breathing, Cleansing Breath etc

maybe taught as an aside to the session for personal practice outside of the session.