Just Breathe!

Breathing seems like such a mundane subject. We all breathe to stay alive but most do not breathe to optimize. If you take a moment to draw awareness to your own breathing, you might notice that it is very shallow. Also, are you breathing through your nose or mouth? The habit of shallow mouth-breathing can lead to all sorts of dysfunction in the body, eventually contributing to chronic ailments such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, weak immune system, poor brain function, imbalanced hormones, psychological disorders such as depression and MANY more. Unfortunately, when diagnosed with any one of these, most resort to prescription drugs only to treat the symptom and do nothing to address the source. There is more than enough evidence that shows us the power of healing through natural practices but they're not mainstream because it's not profitable. The last thing pharmaceutical companies want is for you to know that you can heal yourself without their drugs. 

What is Breathwork?

Simply put, breathwork is a practice that allows us to control functions of our body which would otherwise be automatic; functions dictated by the autonomic nervous system(ANS). Within the ANS are two categories: sympathetic and parasympathetic. The sympathetic nervous system(SNS) activates the "fight or flight", or stress response. It increases the heart rate, shunting blood flow away from the gut and towards the muscles to survive the perceived dangerous situation. The parasympathetic nervous system(PNS) activates the relaxation response. This will lower the heart rate and increase blood flow to the gut and other internal organs to help repair tissues and aid in digestion.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. Breathwork can also be a form of deep meditation from which all can benefit. Through these practices you can go deep into your subconscious and discover things about yourself that you never knew existed, such as memories that were blocked due to traumas. You may even be able to break mental barriers holding you back and find yourself to be a new and invigorated individual.

 

Disclaimer: It is quite common to release locked up emotions during certain breathwork exercises. This will manifest in the form or uncontrollable laughter or crying due to years or decades of keeping things bottled up. After it's all over you will feel like a huge weight has been lifted and no longer feel held back by subconscious blocks that you didn't even know you had.

Breathwork is a beautiful practice, capable of healing and bringing us peace. As with anything worth while, the more you do it, the more you will benefit. Get started today by booking a FREE session!