Traditional Treatments for Today's World
What is Breathwork?
We all lead busy and stressful lives which can leave us feeling tired and low in energy, our body becomes out of balance and often our health begins to suffer. We believe that good breathing can help the body return to balance, releasing harmful negative energy which can cause blockages in the body, leading to physical symptoms and illness. Using the breath as an important and valuable tool encourages the lungs to work efficiently, improves oxygen supply in the blood to major organs and leads to a much better sense of well-being in mind and body.
We have called this breath control “Breathwork” as we believe that with the correct regular breathing practice we can all lead healthier and more balanced lives.
Good Breathwork = Good Health
How does it work?
- First a little preparation using the breath to relax the body.
- Then tune into your breath and become aware of the movement of the breath in your body and its quality.
- Learning to use the lungs more effectively during the inhale and exhale.
- Using techniques such as visualisation to slow down or extend the breath, enabling the mind to rest and the body to relax.
- Learning to just observe the breath as it flows in and out – just allow yourself to be in the moment of each breath for maximum effect. (We can use the simple visualisation of watching waves on a warm, sandy beach as they ebb and flow with the breath to encourage the correct rhythm.)
- One of the main benefits of Breathwork is learning to extend the breath- particularly the out-breath – which has the effect of calming and stilling the mind, slowing down major organs (such as the heart and lungs). This is particularly helpful for conditions such as raised blood pressure, asthma, stress and anxiety, low energy levels.
- The benefits of relieving stress by calming the mind and releasing negative energy through using techniques to lengthen the out-breath are important steps on the road to restoring mind and body to balance.
The Breathwork Session
After an initial consultation you will be asked to sit or lie down comfortably with your eyes closed. Then your practitioner will guide you through a series of breathing techniques to suit your needs to enable you to relax and release any tension. There may also be a series of physical movements or postures to work through selected breathing exercises designed to improve the flow of your breath. These will be designed to suit your flexibility and requirements. There may also be visualisation or guided meditation, depending on your needs.
Everything in Breathwork will be directed towards your own particular needs and objectives. After your session you will be given an exercise programme to be continued at home. A follow-up appointment will be made to monitor your progress and identify any areas for further development.
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How long will each session take?
Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Your initial appointment will take longer in order to complete our assessment of your requirements.
What if I can't sit comfortably?
We can work around your flexibility and postures can be done either standing up or lying down on a yoga mat, whichever you prefer.
How many treatments will I need?
It is recommended that you have 2 sessions within 2 weeks to enable continuity and identify any changes needed in your exercise programme. After this a development session once a month may be recommended to ensure progress is maintained.
What about medical conditions?
We will ask you to complete a questionnaire before your first appointment.
It is important to tell your practitioner about any medication you are taking and to consult your GP to monitor levels prescribed during regular Breathwork sessions.
What sort of exercises will I have to do?
Some yoga postures may be used to help develop and improve your breath awareness, but these will only be tailored to suit your flexibility and take into account any medical considerations.
Can I receive treatment if I am pregnant?
It is not recommended to work on certain exercises extending the breath during pregnancy – especially during the first 12 to 16 weeks – unless under medical supervision.
However yoga for pregnancy is highly recommended for toning abdominal muscles and keeping the body supple; simple Breathwork exercises such as alternative nostril breathing (nadi Sodhana), and humming bee breath (bhramari) are often included in yoga for pregnancy classes to help relax the body and prepare the mind for childbirth.