BreathWork - Shamanic Breathing
'"Experience of psychospiritual death and rebirth has played an important role in many religious traditions. All pre-industrial cultures attributed great significance to these experiences from a personal as well as collective perspective and developed safe and effective ways to induce them in various ritual contexts. Modern psychiatry sees the same experiences as pathological phenomena and indiscriminately suppresses them when they occur spontaneously in contemporary individuals. This unfortunate strategy has been a significant contributing factor in western civilisation is loss of spirituality." Stanislav Grof
Breathwork is a term used to describe any type of therapy that utilizes breathing exercises. It has its roots in ancient shamanic processes and yogic exercises for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. There are many methods and techniques available today. While many approaches draw from Eastern practices like yoga, Tai Chi and Shamanism they also include Western psychotherapeutic techniques for the purposes of self-awareness, expansion of consciousness and healing. Breathwork can include elements of talk therapy, breathing exercises, art, music, and bodywork.
As a therapeutic approach breathwork supports the inner healer more than the strict adherence to certain rules of the breathing exercise. This allows for an increased level of trust to emerge within the individual with their deeper authentic self.
Breathwork therapy can benefit individuals who are experiencing issues such as:
- Chronic pain
- Anger issues
- Trauma and posttraumatic stress
- Grief and loss
- Emotional effects of physical illness
Our approach draws on the teachings and philosophies of Yogic Traditions, the work of Stanislav Grof, and many shamanic traditions.
Those who are interested in breathwork should be aware of the potential risks. It is not recommended for people with a history of aneurisms, cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, vision problems, osteoporosis, or any recent physical injuries or surgeries. It is also contraindicated for people who experience severe psychiatric symptoms or seizures or those who are currently taking heavy medication. If you are interested in sessions you may want to consult with your doctor.
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