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How can Breathwork help you?

People practice Breathwork for a variety of reasons. It can bring about improvements in emotional state and decrease levels of stress in otherwise healthy people.

People have practiced breathwork to:

  • Aid positive self-development
  • Boost immunity
  • Process emotions, heal emotional pain and trauma
  • Develop or increase self-awareness
  • Enrich creativity
  • iIprove personal and professional relationships
  • Increase confidence, self-image, and self-esteem
  • Increase joy and happiness
  • Overcome addictions
  • Reduce stress and anxiety levels
  • Release negative thoughts

Breathwork is used to help to improve a wide range of issues including:

  • Anger issues
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Emotional effects of illness
  • Grief
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
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Breathwork refers to any type of breathing exercises or techniques. People often perform them to improve mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. During breathwork you intentionally change your breathing pattern.

There are many forms of breathwork therapy that involve breathing in a conscious and systematic way. Many people find breathwork promotes deep relaxation or leaves them feeling energized.

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: Shamanic Breathwork, Vivation, Transformational Breath, Holotropic Breathwork, Clarity Breathwork, and Rebirthing. (HealthLine)

Breathwork is an umbrella term for the practice of controlling the depth and speed of your breathing. This can be done in longer sessions or short ones, depending on your preferred style and situation. That said, the most common types of breathwork are:

  1. Holotropic Breathwork – One of the most common styles of breathwork, a Holotropic Breathwork session can take anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour, and features rapid, methodical breathing. The goal with this mode of breathwork is to achieve a deep meditative state and a spiritual closeness.
    2. Wim Hof Breathwork – A breathing technique inspired by the founder’s intense physical feats, the Wim Hof method features three central pillars: exposure to cold, meditation, and controlled breathing. This method is done with the goal of increased mental and physical wellbeing (including reduced inflammation and pain…)
    3. Shamanic Breathwork – Comprised of a circular-style breathing technique, Shamanic Breathwork is done for the purpose of getting in touch with our inner healers. The process often includes smudging, chanting, and intention setting.
    4. Biodynamic Breathwork – A modal of breathwork done with the intent of releasing trauma stored in the brain and body. This type of breathwork incorporates conscious touch, meditation, and deep breathing techniques blended with movement.
    5. Abdominal Breathwork – Abdominal Breathwork is a great exercise when you’re feeling tense, stressed, or are having trouble sleeping. To do this breathwork, place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach. Then, inhale through your nose, allowing your belly to rise, hold the breath, and slowly exhale. Feel the stress melt away in the process. (The Wellness Project)

Breathwork. Breathing practice, also known as “diaphragmatic breathing” or “deep breathing,” is defined as an efficient integrative body–mind training for dealing with stress and psychosomatic conditions. Diaphragmatic breathing involves contraction of the diaphragm, expansion of the belly, and deepening of inhalation and exhalation, which consequently decreases the respiration frequency and maximizes the amount of blood gases.

Benefits of diaphragmatic breathing have been investigated in association with meditation and ancient eastern religions (such as Buddhism) and martial arts. It is considered to be a core component of yoga and Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) and contributes to emotional balance and social adaptation, as well as special rhythmic movements and positions.

Psychological studies have revealed breathing practice to be an effective non-pharmacological intervention for emotion enhancement, including a reduction in anxiety, depression, and stress. 

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