What is Breathwork?
"There is one way of breathing that is constricted. Then, there's another way: a breath of love that lets you open infinitely.” - Rumi.
Breathwork is a transformative healing modality that works to activate the subconscious mind and bring insights not easily accessed through conventional therapy. It helps to clear away old patterning, conditioning, fight or flight responses, as well as negative emotions and thoughts to assist people to lead more vibrant lives and access greater consciousness.
Generally, few of us breathe fully, instead, we hold back the breath and have been done for most of our lives. When we start to breathe fully and consciously we open energy channels in the body and allow what we’ve been holding onto to surface and find release. It serves to invite greater forgiveness and self-love. This inner change brings about positive shifts in our external lives.
Enlisting a qualified and experienced Breathwork practitioner ensures you feel in a safe space to let go over blame or judgment, heal past wounds and trauma, move toward acceptance as well as gratitude and find a sense of completion, which strengthens your courage to meet the future and live your best life.
Trusting the wisdom of the body bypasses the conscious mind and enables unconscious thinking and patterns to be breathed out of the energy system through the physical and emotional body. Frequently clients report having breakthroughs and abiding shifts that psychological counselling hasn’t been able to deliver.
Origins of Breathwork
"The mind and the breath are the king and queen of human consciousness.” - Leonard D. Orr.
Using the breath as a vehicle to higher consciousness has been utilised for millennia. The East has an array of yogic techniques such as Pranayama which highlights the importance of conscious breathing. The Buddha taught that the mindfulness of ones in and out breath is a means of moving beyond the separation illusion.
Breathwork emerged out of the spirituality movement of the 1960′s in what was first known as Rebirthing, launched by Leonard Orr. It has evolved over the decades with some practitioners advocating a rigorous technique while others a more gentle one. I use the latter.
What a Session Involves
“My first-hand experiences with this natural healing method have convinced me that breathing well may be the master key to good health. I recommend breathwork to all my patients.” – Dr. Andrew Weil
The sessions are held in my yurt, which is a quiet, specifically designed healing space that overlooks a bushland area in Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains.
You will be guided in a circular connected breathing practice and receive one on one support to unravel deeper layers of held stress, belief systems, suppressed emotions and open to a greater sense of wellbeing.
The Breathwork process assists you to dissolve past tensions that you have stored on a cellular level, making it possible to experience more energy and aliveness. Research has shown that the majority of our thoughts and beliefs are both repetitive and unconscious. We impact and co-create our realities with what we focus on and the energy imprints held in the mind and body. Encouragingly, we now recognise that the brain re-wires itself, it just needs the physical body and the subconscious to help it optimally rewire.
After the session, you will have the opportunity to discuss your experience, in order to integrate it into your daily life and understand the process on a deeper level. As an experienced counsellor, I combine this skill with an intuitive approach to offer relevant suggestions and deliver a holistic experience where you gain a deep level of insight, release emotional baggage and feel the patterns shifting at a cellular level.
In addition to individual sessions, Break Your Shell Breathwork runs sessions for couples as well as group classes.
Benefits of Breathwork
“The Breath of Life (Spiritual Breathing) is revealing itself to be the driving force at the heart and the cutting edge of this coming leap in human development." - Dan Brule
- Assists old emotions, memories and past traumas to surface and be released in a safe and gentle manner
- Releases toxins and stagnant energy from the cells of the body
- Reduces stress and tension while increasing aliveness and sense of wellbeing
- Supports the release of physical symptoms of dis-ease
- Increases a sense of inner peace
- Facilitates greater interconnectedness with yourself, others and the earth
- Accesses higher states of consciousness, including guidance and clarity about one’s path and life purpose
- Enhances creativity, expression and increases flow and joy
- Unravels intimacy issues and heals old wounds of abandonment, loss or rejection