What is Breathwork?
If the recent global pandemic has taught us anything about self-care, it's that we cannot pour from an empty cup. Instead, we need to pour from our overflow. How can we ensure to do this? By taking care of number 1.
Breathwork is a type of breathing exercise or technique that people use to improve mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. During breathwork, you intentionally change your breathing pattern.
Our breath can be truly transformative. When we focus on our breath, we learn a great deal about our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual state. For example, when the breath becomes erratic, it is showing us that we are feeling anxious, fearful, or worried. When it is smooth and calm, we are feeling safe and at ease. Paying attention to our breathing patterns allows us to pay attention to our emotions and what we need at any given moment.
Breathwork moves us from our fight or flight mode to our rest and digest mode, allowing us to use our energy to heal, digest, process emotions, build immunity and create harmony, calm, and homeostasis within our bodies.
With our hectic lifestyles today, it is common to feel stressed, exhausted, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and run down. This is because cortisol dampens our immune system. How? It's all to do with our nervous system. Our nervous system is made up of the restoratively sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight state) and the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest state).
When we are in the rest and digest state, our bodies are calm and our inner healing is working away. Our energy is being used for immunity, digestion, and healing. Our breathing is calm and smooth, we experience feelings of connection, trust, and safety.
However, when we are in fight or flight mode, we are ready for an attack from a dangerous situation. Our bodies produce cortisol, we feel anxious or worried, our heart rate gets faster, our breathing gets shallow and energy is being taken from our digestion and immunity because there's no point digesting food if you're going to die is there?
Unfortunately with our busy, stressful lifestyles today, we are in flight or fight mode a lot more than we should be, creating excess cortisol production, and honestly, it's slowly killing us. It's killing our immune systems and our circulatory system, affecting the function of our hearts, causing strokes and heart attacks, damaging our respiratory health, interrupting our sleep, creating anxiety and panic attacks, affecting our digestive systems, and forcing cells to multiply at an excessive rate leading to cancerous tumors.
We NEED to practice putting our nervous systems into a rest and digest state as much as we can. Your breath can help you to do exactly that, and I am here to guide you in using it to help you heal, rest, recuperate, release and return to your true self.
Benefits of Breathwork
Where do I start....
There are so many life-changing benefits of practicing Breathwork which I am happy to list here for you now, but honestly, you have to experience a session to discover for yourself. The below list simply doesn't do the experience justice.
- A reduction of stress and cortisol
- Improved inner confidence
- Improves sleep
- Improves creativity and helps with writer's block
- Mental clarity
- Improved digestion
- Improved Immunity
- Illness Prevention
- Improving circulation
- Revitalizing energy
- A sense of self
- Balances Hormones
Some specific conditions Breathwork can support are;
- Chronic Fatigue
- Breathing Conditions; COPD, Long COVID, Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchitis
- Chronic Pain conditions
- Depression/Low Moods
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Digestive issues
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