Understanding the power of integrative breathwork as a healing process
How integrative breathwork
can transform your life
Breathwork is a term used to describe any type of therapy that utilizes
breathing exercises. It has its roots in ancient shamanic processes and
yogic exercises for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
There are many methods and techniques available today.
While many approaches draw from Eastern practices like yoga, Tai Chi
and Shamanism they also include Western psychotherapeutic
techniques for the purposes of self-awareness, expansion of
consciousness and healing. Breathwork can include elements of talk
therapy, breathing exercises, art, music, and bodywork.
As a therapeutic approach, breathwork supports the inner
healer more than the strict adherence to certain rules of the
breathing exercise. This allows for an increased level of trust to
emerge within you and gain a deeper understanding of your
Breathwork can assist with:
- Chronic pain
- Anger issues
- Trauma & posttraumatic stress
- Grief & loss
- Emotional effects of physical illness
Our approach draws on the teachings and philosophies of yogic traditions, the work of Stanislav Grof, and many shamanic traditions.
With integrative breathwork, step onto your spiritual path with guidance that is right for you, learn how to increase your awareness and
consciousness of the many dimensions of your being, and learn how you can live a fully grounded spiritual life.
Those who are interested in breathwork should be aware of the potential risks. It is not recommended for people with a history of aneurisms,
cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, vision problems, osteoporosis, or any recent physical injuries or surgeries. It is also
contraindicated for people who experience severe psychiatric symptoms or seizures or those who are currently taking heavy medication. If
you are interested in breathwork sessions, you may want to consult with your doctor prior to starting this journey.
Frequently Asked Questions about Integrative Breathwork
“Experience of psychospiritual death and rebirth has played an important role in many religious traditions. All pre-industrial cultures attributed great significance to these experiences from a personal as well as collective perspective and developed safe and effective ways to induce them in various ritual contexts. Modern psychiatry sees the same experiences as pathological phenomena and indiscriminately suppresses them when they occur spontaneously in contemporary individuals. This unfortunate strategy has been a significant contributing factor in western civilisation is loss of spirituality.” ~ Stanislav Grof
There are several contraindications for this technique, because this technique can promote strong physical and emotional release, it is not advised for individuals with/are:
- Cardiovascular Problems including abnormal and untreated blood pressure
- Glaucoma, Retinal Detachment
- Recent physical injury or surgery
- Mental illness or seizure disorders such as Epilepsy (without consulting your medical healthcare practitioner.)
- Sufferers of Asthma MUST have your inhalers at your side.
- Unsuitable for anyone with a personal or family history of aneurysms.
- Or persons using major medications.
- If in doubt rather contact a breathwork facilitator or yoga instructor for more information.