What is breathwork?
Breathwork is a practice that uses a 2:1 breathing technique to improve physical and emotional health. This is sometimes called a 'conscious connected breathing" technique. It is natural, safe and has many benefits; increased energy, a stronger immune system and a more relaxed state of mind.
You breathe all the time but how often do you notice your breathing and how it changes during the day or when something happens in your life? Do you hold your breath sometimes or feel like you can't breathe at all? Does your breath feel restricted, shallow, all in your chest or shoulders?
As babies we naturally breathe from the diaphragm, gently expanding our abdomen in a natural flow. However many adults have a dysfunctional breath; breathing more in the shoulders, chest, shallow breathing or controlling the diaphragm (the exhale).
This happens because as we go through life we unconsciously change our breath by tightening our bodies and holding our breath to avoid feeling painful or unsafe feelings. These responses to life become habitual over time and can change our breathing pattern. This can cause us to feel tired, stressed, anxious and out of control.
Having a breathwork session will help you to reach your full breathing capacity. As a result you can feel lighter, energised, more focussed and happier, living life more fully in the present moment. Huge changes occur that are beneficial to your body, mind and soul. The more you practice this breathing technique the more you allow ease and balance in your mind and body all the time. Your breath becomes your best friend, always there when you need it to calm you down or energise you.
When you have a breathwork session you will learn this breathing technique in a safe, supported environment. You'll learn to trust in your how your breath changes your body, how breathing deeply will help you to let go of thoughts in your mind and deeply connect to yourself.
How the session works
At the start of your session I will talk you through what to expect and ask you questions about what you would like to achieve. You may want to address particular issues such as asthma or panic attacks or you may want to let go of old emotions that are holding you back in life. You may just want to try breathwork with no particular reason in mind other than wanting a way to relax and manage stress.
I will start by analysing your current breathing pattern. When I have made an assessment we will talk about what I've observed. Then I teach you the 2:1 conscious breathing technique to bring the breath into the belly and chest so that it can flow effortlessly and easily. You will breathe like this by my guidance for roughly 40 minutes. Then you will have 'receiving time' where you can relax and feel the benefits of your breathing session. At the end of this relaxation time we will discuss how you feel.
How we relate to life, our feelings, thoughts and beliefs, show up in our breathing pattern so I also use positive affirmations, movement and sound to support you through your session.
I will always be with you to reassure, support and guide you.