What is Breathwork

WELLSET GETTING STARTED GUIDE

Everything you need to know about Breathwork

Ever wondered “What can a Breathwork Teacher help me with?” or even “How can I find a breathwork teacher near me?” Look no further! This Getting Started Guide is a great place to start.



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BREATHWORK OVERVIEW

Breathe, in. Breathe out. It doesn’t seem like it should be that hard, but in today’s busy world so many of us have forgotten how to breathe.


Breathing techniques can have a huge impact on your mindfulness, tension, and overall health. Breathwork Teachers are trained coaches that can provide breathing exercises, techniques and instruction to individuals and groups. Some types of breathwork, such as holotropic breathing (a type of breath that over-oxygenates your bloodstream with multiple sharp inhales and large exhales over a period of 15 minutes – 1 hour) have been popularized by the likes of Wim Hoff in recent years as a way to control the parasympathetic nervous system.

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WHAT SCIENCE IS SAYING

Reconnect to Your Breath to Regulate your Body’s Parasympathetic Functions

Psychological studies have revealed breathing practice to be an effective non-pharmacological solution for addressing emotional concerns. According to the scientific journal Frontiers in Psychology, “Breathing practice, also known as “diaphragmatic breathing” or “deep breathing,” is defined as an efficient integrative body–mind training for dealing with stress and psychosomatic conditions.”

According to studies, Breathwork techniques can ease the mind (psychological factors by diverting attention and calming thoughts) as well as the body (physiological factors by activating the parasympathetic nervous system). Have you ever hyperventilated? Our body’s sympathetic nervous system gets activated during fear response, and one of it’s first reactions is to quicken the breath. The problem with these reactions is that they create a circular feedback system of anxiety and fight or flight – your body reacts to fear by breathing irregularly or quickly, yet the breathing pattern makes your body feel more fearful rather than more secure.

Breathwork practitioners can help you learn to control your breath and quiet your mind and nervous system.

Sources: Frontiers in Psychology

What our expert practitioners have to say

WE ASKED TOP BREATHWORK TEACHERS WHAT IT IS LIKE TO WORK WITH THEM

Chris Keener
Breathwork TEACHER

Chris Keener- Breathwork

WELLSET: WHAT IS A Breathwork SESSION LIKE?

KEENER: Breathwork typically begins with the instructor orienting participants to the process. Since breathwork can be challenging and bring up a lot of sensations, it is important to build trust, consensus, and excitement for the journey ahead. The guide will outline how breathwork typically affects the mind, body and spirit. The breathwork is done lying down on the floor, as carefully curated musical accompaniment may help motivate and inspire. Coaching is provided throughout the process, keeping participants on track to have the best experience possible.After the active ‘work’ session, participants are primed and ready for a deep rest period. This is the perfect time for a guided visualization or intentional meditation. The session may conclude with some form of integration – writing, sharing, or light bodywork.

WELLSET: HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO FEEL AFTER A SESSION?

KEENER: Countless outcomes are possible with breathwork, and no two breathwork journeys are the same – even for the same participant. Many people encounter an inner-spaciousness, or expansive sense of self.Others experience profound releases of past trauma, blockages, and negative memories and emotions. Still others report enlightened intuitions, or ‘downloads’ that will inform their life going forward. Feelings of extreme gratitude, clarity, and positive sense of self are some of the most reported outcomes. Physical sensations like tingling and tension are sometimes residual after a breathwork experience. Though they do dissipate quickly, it’s advisable to give yourself fifteen minutes or so before driving, etc.

Lauren Sanders
Breathwork Teacher

Lauren Sanders- Breathwork

WELLSET: How can your breathwork help heal the body?

SANDERS: Breathwork can help heal the body by getting us out of our analytic thinking mind and into our body. From there, we’re able to let go of things more effortlessly and efficiently and surrender control. Our body has an intrinsic sense of what to do, and when we allow this, we can begin to release tension–both emotional and physical–that we may have been storing and holding on to for years.

WELLSET: What do you love most about being a breathwork teacher?

SANDERS: I love getting to see people transform before my eyes. I love getting to see people make an effort to better their circumstances and lives. I love all of the benefits that people experience after just one session, and I love seeing what they discover as we go deeper in following sessions. I’m the guide, but I end up learning along with them. It really is beautiful!

Conditions that Breathwork can help ease:

Energy, Anxiety, Heart Health, Emotional Health, Addiction, Depression, Wellbeing, Stress