We’ve been programmed evolutionarily for fight or flight.
The problem with flight is that we tend to store intense emotions in our bodies.
Author Fiona Scott-Norman recounts what it was like to grow up in England, a culture famous for suppressing feelings:
“My earliest memories are of being told to stop showing off, to be quiet and to not get involved. Self-consciousness is an art form, and displaying enthusiasm, or emotional or physical affection, is simply ‘not done’. It’s entirely possible to go from cradle to grave in England without ever having had a hug.”
Indigenous cultures tended to be much more in tune with their emotions. Take grieving as an example. Considered a natural process that has a significant purpose, they often viewed it as a “rite of passage.”
Men and women would wail for days, wear certain dress, perform song, dance, ceremony, healing breath or go to sacred places to allow the sadness to be exhumed. This could be done alone, within a tribe or with the entire support of one’s community.Western culture, however, diverts us from fully feeling by telling us to remain stoic or busy, which serves to store our emotions inside our bodies and minds.
Breathwork, conscious breathing, rebirthing, holotropic breathwork, there are many names for what is essentially a breathing technique to help us release anxiety, trauma, stress and other blockages.
As a breathwork practitioner, I offer individual sessions, monthly group circles and also a breathwork retreat for people looking to find greater alignment between body, mind, heart and spirit.
It is one of the most transformative healing modalities that I’ve come across.