What is breathwork?

Did you know that deep, conscious breathing can help with a variety of mental, physical and spiritual health issues? Breathwork is an umbrella term for various types of breath-based therapies that aim to improve mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. It involves breathing exercises for resolving unresolved emotional issues, self-limiting beliefs and negative memories associated with past events that interfere with a person's ability to live life fully. Breathwork improves the mind, body, emotions and spirit while also acting as a natural therapy for a variety of conditions, including stress, addiction, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, depression, grief and loss, insomnia and intermittent explosive disorder (IED).

Breathwork practitioners in Sydney can join any of the professional organisations listed below to improve their credentials, stay up to date on industry news and advance their careers:

  • Australian Breathwork Association (ABA)
  • Australian Holistic Healers and Counsellors Association (AHHCA)
  • International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT)

Breathwork Courses in Sydney

Should you study breathwork?

There are many reasons why you should study breathwork. As well as providing numerous health benefits and increasing energy levels, breathwork is a great way to learn how to control your breath and improve your overall wellbeing. In addition to learning many different types of breathwork, you will be able to imbibe the top personal attributes of successful breathwork practitioners, such as:

  • Patience and compassion allow breathwork practitioners to create a safe and supportive environment in which their clients can feel comfortable exploring their feelings and emotions.
  • Supportive and empathetic towards others, giving them the space they need to work through whatever issue they are dealing with.
  • Articulate with good listening skills, so you can understand a client's issue and provide them with advice for improving their health.
  • Open-mindedness and being non-judgemental can help you succeed by allowing you to be open to new ideas and approaches as well as accept people from all walks of life.

If these qualities resonate with you and you see yourself treading the path of successful breathwork practitioners, keep reading to learn where you can study and earn your qualification.

What are the course and study options for breathwork in Sydney?

Sydney offers a wide variety of breathwork training. Some breathwork courses focus on one type of breathwork therapy, such as rebirthing or Holotropic Breathwork. Other courses provide a more in-depth look at the benefits of breathwork. You can study on campus, online, or a combination of both. Breathwork courses are shorter than other complementary medicine courses and can be studied full- or part-time.

A certification course in breathwork typically lasts a week or two and covers topics such as creating your personal healing space, meditation and trauma recovery, to name a few.

If you want to become a full-fledged breathwork practitioner and teach others the modality, a two-year diploma course is recommended.

Breathwork classes are also available as an elective in undergraduate degree programs such as counselling. While you can study breathwork on its own, using it in conjunction with other modalities has been shown to speed up the healing process.

Scroll to the top of the page to see a comprehensive list of breathwork courses and learning institutions in Sydney. You can directly contact your provider of choice to enquire about their syllabus, delivery methods and tuition fees.

What happens after you complete your breathwork course?

After completing a breathwork course, you can work in a variety of fields, including health care, fitness and meditation teaching. Some breathwork therapists open their own private practices as well.

Setting up your own private practice is worth considering if you want to manage your own schedule and clientele. Furthermore, it gives you more freedom to assist your clients in person or online. Having your breathwork services listed on the Natural Therapy Pages' practitioner listing page is the quickest way to spread the word about your services and catapult yourself and your business to success.

If you want to combine breathwork with other healing modalities, the following courses are worth taking: