Breathing is more essential to your healing that you might realise. When you breathe, you expand your connection to the universe and you ground yourself in the present moment. Breathing can also indicate the level of your consciousness – the more aware you are of how you breathe, the deeper your connection to the present moment can become. Do you ever stop yourself from what you are doing and become aware of your breath? Do you pay attention to the sensations in your body during the day? If you are caught in the endless trap of your thoughts, a breathwork for healing practice might help you regain your focus on the present moment.


What is breathwork?

Breathwork could be any type of breathing exercises or techniques  It is used to improve mental, physical, or even your spiritual well-being. When you are participating in a breathwork practice, you will deliberately alter your breathing pattern. 

There are many different practices when it comes to breathwork therapy. These practices can promote deep healing at an emotional level and can also make you feel more relaxed, at the same time giving you a boost of positive energy.

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Benefits of doing breathwork:

Improved focus and relaxation

Breathwork has been reported by many people who practice it to improve emotional state and to decrease stress levels. Focusing on your breath for a prolonged period of time and breathing deeply has been shown to calm the nervous system and to engage the parasynthetic part of your brain, which is responsible for rest and digestion. When you breathe, you are engaging this part of your nervous system even more, which puts your body in a state of rest and stillness, while disengaging your mind from daily stressors. Breathwork has also been reported to increase the immune system, to improve sleep, increase positive self-development and promote positive social relationships.

Healing trauma and anxiety

Breathwork techniques are also used by people in their trauma recovery process. Breathing deeper healing a powerful tool that can reprogram your subconscious mind by bringing all the stored memories to the surface, where they can be processed and integrated as part of a  Because of the restorative properties of breathing, breathwork practices help your body move out of the fight and flight mode, which can aid symptoms of anxiety and depression. People report feeling calmer, more grounded and more positive after breathing sessions.

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Types of breathwork practices

There are several breathwork approaches. You may want to try out a few different techniques over time to see which type most resonates with you and brings about the best results.

Types of breathwork include:

  1. Holotropic breathwork
  2. Rebirthing
  3. Vivation
  4. Clarity breathwork
  5. Shamanic breathwork
  6. Transformational breath

Risks and recommendations

While breathwork therapy can be beneficial to participants, there are a few risks that need to be noted. Before trying these practices out, talk to your doctor  especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition or take medications that may be affected by breathwork. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should also check with your doctor, just in case!

It’s recommended that you do not participate in breathwork if you have:

  • Breathing issues
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • High blood pressure
  • History of aneurysms
  • Osteoporosis
  • Recent physical injuries or surgeries
  • Severe psychiatric symptoms
  • Problems with vision

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Some techniques

Everyone’s experience with breathwork is unique. 

Do a little research into which type of breathwork might be best for you, and search for an experienced practitioner to walk you through it.  Breathwork coaches can meet in person, or even online. 

Be sure to write down notes and reactions you have to any breathwork techniques and if you have any negative effects or reactions, be sure to stop immediately.

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