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Breathwork

Breathe consciously, Be in your Power

Stress reduction, insomnia prevention, emotion control, improved attention—certain breathing techniques can make your life better.

Breathwork is based on the notion that the body wants to heal itself and it has everything it needs to be able to do so. It will always be working towards that state of balance, and by accessing this healing space within ourselves our awarness is brought to whatever needs to be resolved. That is why every session is so different

  • A growing number of studies show that breathing techniques are effective against anxiety and insomnia.
  • These techniques influence both physiological factors (by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system) and psychological factors (by diverting attention from thoughts).
  • Because these techniques are safe and easy to use, scientific validation might result in their being more frequently recommended and practiced.

Breathing is so central to life that it is no wonder humankind long ago noted its value not only to survival but to the functioning of the body and mind and began controlling it to improve well-being.

While every relaxation, calming or meditation technique relies on breathing, research into basic physiology and into the effects of applying breath-control methods lends credence to the value of monitoring and regulating our inhalations and exhalations.

Everyone knows that emotions affect the body. When you are happy, for instance, the corners of your mouth turn up automatically, and the edges of your eyes crinkle in a characteristic expression. Similarly, when you are feeling calm and safe, at rest, or engaged in a pleasant social exchange, your breathing slows and deepens. Less well known is that the effects also occur in the opposite direction: the state of the body affects emotions. Studies show that when your face smiles, your brain reacts in kind—you experience more pleasant emotions. Breathing, in particular, has a special power over the mind.

Overall, research shows that by practicing specific breathing techniques, the heart rate slows and becomes regular, blood pressure decreases, muscles relax. When the vagus nerve informs the brain of these changes, it, too, relaxes, increasing feelings of peacefulness.

Other studies suggest that breathing may well act directly on the brain itself and that breathing techniques may influence the seat of emotions by modulating the activity of the pre-Bötzinger complex (a part of the brain).

Respiratory techniques do not work only for acute stresses or sleep problems; they can also relieve chronic anxiety. They are particularly effective in people with psychiatric disorders such as phobias, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


So we now know that breath positively affects the nervous system but it actually goes beyond the nervous system. Changing your breath literally changes your brainwaves! Neuroscientists have made a direct correlation between an increase of alpha brain waves and reduced symptoms of depression. There are five types of brainwaves that we move through during a given day. Breathwork is an effective way to shift your brainwaves from beta to alpha and even theta, thereby decreasing negative thought patterns, stress and depression levels.


  • Gamma Waves: Heightened perception and consciousness 
  • Beta Waves: Most of us are spend our waking days in beta, where we’re attentive, thinking, making decisions, problem solving . But in beta we can also feel agitated, stressed, tense, hyper alert, afraid or obsessive.
  • Alpha Waves: This is when we are relaxed, reflective and aware and in the present moment.
  • Theta Waves: This is an even more relaxed state where we are open, intuitive, and receptive and can have deep insights or aha moments beyond our normal conscious awareness. This can occur in breathwork, deep meditation or in sleep
  • Delta Waves: Our slowest brain waves which occur mostly in deep dreamless sleep where we lose awareness of our body. 



What is Breathwork

Breathwork is a general term used to decribe any type of therapy that utilizes breathing exercises to improve mental, physical, and spiritual health.The breath acts as a bridge between the conscious and unconscious, between the mind, body and spirit. By connecting with the breath we can tune into our deep intuition, which will always direct us to the best outcome.

I use a combination of Pranayama breathwork and other techniques.

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What it helps with

Acute stress

Grief

Anger

Sleep problemst

Chronic anxiety

Phobias

Depression

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Energy levels and stamina

Boost your immune system

Increase self-awareness, presence, happiness, joy

Improve sleep

Release trauma and fear stuck in the body

Release toxins from the body

Improve digestion

Overcome addictions

Release negative thougths

Enrich creativity

Increase confidence

How it happens

1:1 session.

Your private session will last around 30 minutes.

You will lie down, relaxed and comfortable.

You will learn to consciously connect your breath. Slowly you are guided to find your own rythm, probably slightly faster or slower but fuller than you are used to.

You will be at all time completely safe, in a non-judgemental space.

Take it slow, do not force the process and practice patience. Tune into the body, breathe into the feeling or emotion, express it and let go.

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What it involves

If you wish you can bring your own mat. If you don't, you will be provided with one.

You can choose to have music on or off. You can also bring yours if there's a tune you particularly connect with.

Feel free to express yourself as you wish.

During the treatment

By breathing consciously your body will take in more oxygen than usual.

You will always know where you are.

Activation of vivid memories, pictures, emotions or body sensations can surface to be reviewed, releasedand integrated. This can come from as early back as your birth.

You will accumulate life force (Prana, Chi, Ki) which starts to move freely through your body (you may experience tingling, energy rushes or waves).

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After the treatment

Bear in mind that whatever comes up for you is the most important for you at that moment. It is important to trust that you will only experience what you are ready to explore.

After a session, you’ll likely feel some combination of clarity, calm, connection to self and others, forgiveness, increased feeling of groundedness, creative inspiration, or like you woke up from a nap.

You may experience some of these or none. Your experience will change from session to session and person to person. Know that all of these experiences are temporary and you can use your breath to move through them.