WHAT IS BREATHWORK?
Integrative Breathwork is a powerful methodology, different from simply breathing, different from Pranayama and other breathing practices, and different from meditation. Based on conscious circular breathing, without pause between inhale and exhale, Breathwork requires our active participation and partnership with the breath, in order to activate our nervous system and let our bodies process the physical, emotional, and mental tensions we all carry.
Breath is life. Breathing is part of the autonomic nervous system and it happens automatically.
Conscious Breathing is a powerful tool that helps us to relieve anxiety and stress, improve physical and emotional health, and restore balance in the organism.
Breathwork is a discipline that uses conscious circular breathing to explore the deeper layers of the psyche, and to integrate the work of body, mind, and heart.
Breathing is the vital process of moving air into and out of the lungs, bringing in oxygen and flushing out carbon dioxide.
Under normal circumstances, the breathing depth and rate is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Hence, we seldomly pay attention to it, and yet, breath is connected to everything we do and is with us in every moment of our lives.
Have you ever noticed that your breath is often shallow and doesn't have much aliveness to it? Or that you might stop breathing when scared or when trying not to cry? Have you noticed how you might hold your belly in when you are inhaling? Or that you breathe vertically, in your shoulders, creating tension in your body?
All these are just a few examples of how we breathe incorrectly. While it is natural, normal, and healthy for the breath patterns to change as we experience different emotional and physiological states, what often happens is that we become habituated to breathing patterns that are constricted and indicate stress. This, in turn, has the effect of locking our system into a stress response and disregulation.
According to several studies, 90% of us breathe incorrectly with negative consequences for our health and wellbeing. Becoming aware of our patterns of breathing and changing them will help us live healthier and longer lives.
"For breath is life,
so if you breathe well
you will live long on Earth"
WHAT TO EXPECT
Breathwork sessions can be in group or one-on-one and they are divided in three parts :
1. An initial conversation to explore together what's alive and poignant for you in the case of private sessions, an initial sharing of intentions in the case of group sessions,
2. The Breathwork section of the session which usually lasts about 40 minutes,
3. A brief integration and discussion about what happened.
Sessions last 1 to 2 hours.
I work with people on a sliding scale as I believe everyone who feels called to try a session should be able to afford it.
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