What is breathwork?
Breathwork is a form of therapy that involves the use of breathing exercises to bring about an improvement in mental, physical, and spiritual health. The breath is one of the most powerful tools that can access a person’s essence and potential. Breathwork uses the breath to help clear unresolved issues, self limiting beliefs, and past life events that affects a person’s ability to reach their potential, allows dreams to be fulfilled, and feel more happy and inspired.
How does breathwork work?
Breathwork is a client-focused, self-generated process that can be performed as one-to-one sessions with a qualified practitioner or in a group setting. Breathing is a tool for inner work that uses full, conscious, and connected breathing. It is a spontaneous and organic technique that can offer resolution and clear issues, patterns, and/or beliefs on a cellular level.
During a breathwork session, the client usually performs the exercises in a lying down position. The practitioner will sit beside the client and will offer support by helping him or her to clear their mind, focus on their breathing, and bring awareness to any body sensations.
Typically, a session of breathwork therapy lasts for two to three hours. People of all ages can benefit from Breathwork.
Health benefits of breathwork
It is said that people have engaged in breathwork therapy to:
- aid positive self-development
- boost the immune system
- boost self-esteem
- process emotions, heal emotional pain and trauma
- develop or increase self-awareness
- develop life skills
- enrich creativity
- improve personal and professional relationships
- increase confidence and self-image
- increase happiness and joy
- overcome addictions
- reduce levels of stress and anxiety
- release negative thoughts
It is also said that breathwork can be used to improve various issues such as:
- anger issues
- chronic pain
- emotional effects of physical illness
- grief and loss
- trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)