Who is breathwork for?
Breathwork is a safe, adaptable, and accessible breathing technique for people of all ages and backgrounds! The practice can accommodate a variety of populations and purposes including: children in the classroom to teach focus and emotional regulation, folks in recovery for stress reduction, festival go-ers and participants of self-development conferences and retreats to ignite powerful life force energies, and of course as a type of psycho-somatic therapy to resolve trauma, stuck emotions, and invite greater ease and well-being. In my one-on-one work and in my public workshops, I have guided people as young as 16 and as old as 90 through the breath technique, adjusting the pace and intensity accordingly.
Are there contraindications for breathwork?
Breathwork is considered extremely safe for most people. Some medical conditions to be aware of if you are going to explore the practice includes:
Severe cardiovascular disorders (hypertension, aneurysms, history of heart attacks, myocarditis, atrial fibrillation): It is not circular breathing that poses a problem, rather the potential for strong emotional releases and related bodily tensions.
Advanced kidney disease and diabetes: Breathwork triggers shifts in blood pH towards the alkaline end of the scale. Some practitioners recommend these folks not work with breathwork thinking that it may disrupt the body's capacity to naturally adjust and balance itself.
Contagious diseases, specifically of the respiratory system
Severe psychological imbalances and sensitivity including schizophrenia, psychotic breaks, severe PTSD
Can I breathe if I am pregnant?
It is safe to breathe if you are pregnant. If you are in the late stages of your pregnancy, it is recommended that the breath pattern be gentle and slow. This is to avoid inducing a holotropic experience that involves giving birth or being birthed, which may lead to experiencing uterine contractions.
What happens in a breathwork session?
You are invited to breathe through an open mouth and remove the gap between the inhale and exhale. Breathwork journeys range from 20 to 60 minutes, and every session is entirely unique. Sessions can be a physical, emotional, energetic, and/or spiritual experience.
Breathwork can be an experience of feeling the body's physical sensations and vibrations. The technique is inherently detoxifying and can clear stress and tension held in the body as well. Breathwork can be a dynamic emotional experience. The whole spectrum of emotions is possible in one session, as you may oscillate between grief, anger, joy, bliss, and even ecstatic and orgasmic states. You are invited to feel all the emotions that arise and allow them to move through you.
Breathwork can also be an energetic experience of the more subtle realms including the astral, archetypal, and mythical fields. It is possible to access visions of other dimensional realities and communicate with ancestors and spirit guides during the journey. Breathwork can also be a powerful spiritual experience into the void, the great mystery, and the One.
How can breathwork support me?
Conscious breathing offers powerful, instantaneous support in releasing stress, tension, anxiety, worry, and dense energy in the body. It can stir unresolved emotions and experiences to the surface to be felt and moved. The breath serves as a guide into alternate states of consciousness where we can often access deeper guidance and wisdom.
The breath deeply supports us to:
* Restore aliveness physically, mentally, and emotionally
* Release stress and tension
* Physical + energetic detoxification
* Freedom from limiting beliefs and conditioning
* Live more fully and authentically
* Increase flow + clarity of mind-body
* Open channels of blocked energy and power
* Enhance creativity
* Step out of separation and into connection
* Move beyond the right - wrong continuum
* Balance the nervous system
* Mind, body, soul integration
* Cultivate greater awareness
* Strengthen your intuition
* Explore the vastness of the human experience
Can I practice breathwork on my own?
Yes! You can absolutely practice breathwork on your own and I would encourage you to do so! It can be beneficial and accessible to start with 10 - 15 minutes of breathwork as a daily practice or a few times a week upon waking or before going to sleep. Breathwork is adaptogenic in that it can charge you up with energy, or soothe you into relaxation and ease. You may also wish to use breathwork as a way to work with emotions or process a challenging experience while the energy is activated in your body.
How often is it recommended to practice breathwork?
As often as you can!
What happens in a Reiki session?
In a Reiki treatment, Reiki energy is channeled through the hands of a person who has been attuned to the energy. The person giving the treatment 'lays hands' on the person receiving through physical touch or by hovering their hands just above the body. The energy flows where it needs to, as the practitioner typically moves from head to toe, attending to all major organs and the 8 chakras.
Who receives Reiki treatments?
Reiki is a safe and gentle healing system for people of all ages and backgrounds. It is especially effective for animals, children, and elders. Reiki is beneficial for people who are experiencing dis-ease in the form of illness, stress, and/or trauma. As well as being a form of up-keep to maintain health, strength, vibrancy, and balance within the whole body.
How can Reiki support me?
Reiki works on all levels of the body - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Reiki can support you to:
*Activate your body's natural healing system
*Release stress, anxiety, and worry
*Stimulate your immune system
*Support and accelerate the healing and recovery process
*Reestablish homeostasis of the nervous system
*Reconnect to spirit / source / oneness
*Integration of body, mind, spirit
Are there contraindications for Reiki?
Reiki is not advised for people with a pacemaker, diabetes, or for folks taking insulin injections.