Integrated breathing works on the principle that there is a direct connection between the psychological, emotional, spiritual and physical well being and the breath. The use of breathing techniques produces a self-generated altered state of consciousness that can be used as a healing tool.
Integrated Breath therapy is a highly personal, experiential process that uses specific breathing techniques to clear out physical, mental and emotional blocks or stresses. This is a safe and proven method of utilising the breath to enter into a non-ordinary state of consciousness. This trance state allows unconscious and previously repressed thoughts and emotions to rise to the surface for release and integration.
Integrative Breathwork Practitioner
Accessing non-ordinary states of consciousness for healing and connecting with the universe is an ancient spiritual practice in both Eastern and Western traditions. The mystical branches of traditional world religions, Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christian Mysticism, Jewish Mysticism and Shamanism, have used deep breathing and rhythmic vibrations, in a variety of ways to access altered states. Ceremonial dancing, drumming, singing, chanting, meditation and yogi breathing have all been used, not only to receive guidance but to celebrate life and our relationship to the universe.
Like many inner practices and processes, Breathwork helps to develop our multi-sensory abilities and to open the door to unlimited potential and possibility.
Integrative Breathwork is a transformational tool developed by Jacquelyn Small after working with Stan Grof, the scientific researcher and psychiatrist who created Holotropic Breathwork.
Whilst Integrated Breathwork is similar to Holotropic Breathwork, Integrative Breathwork engages in less bodywork. Jacquelyn developed Integrative Breathwork to help deepen the therapeutic aspects of healing that the experience reveals/facilitates.
We cannot work on what we are not aware of, and what we are not aware of can prevent us from healing and knowing what is true.
HOW IT WORKS
Integrative Breathwork is essentially a breathing meditation that quiets the mind to allow us to journey to deeper, transpersonal realms of consciousness. The meditation uses rhythmic breathing, which is led by the instructor and flows through the energetic system of the body whilst stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, the system that regulates our automatic processes such as digestion, respiration, heart rate regulation and lowering blood pressure. By helping the body to relax the breath assists in maintaining both mental and physical health.
As the breath helps to stimulate the energy centres of the mind, body and spirit, it can bring to conscious awareness what needs to be acknowledged, integrated and healed.
The combination of conscious breathing and facilitator support in maintaining a safe container aids in allowing the self to enter into a state of altered consciousness. This sacred process is like conscious dreaming. The main thing to remember is that this process is invitational and we are always in control with our readiness to let go or not. We can control our process, meaning the intensity is up to the individual.
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WHAT TO EXPECT
There are four possible journeys or realms of consciousness that are often experienced whilst doing Breathwork. During the process, you may enter one or more of the following ‘bands’ of consciousness: sensory, biographical, perinatal or transpersonal.
The Sensory band of consciousness is entirely physical and invites the body to release on a cellular level through the five senses. You may feel nothing or you may feel varying degrees of pain in areas of previous injury (physical, mental, spiritual and emotional). Some people experience tetany a cramp feeling generally in the hands and sometimes the feet. This is due to the changes in carbon dioxide and oxygen in the body and is temporary.
In the Biographical band, you can witness anything that is before, during and after childbirth, through the life cycle and beyond to future lives (refer to Akashic records).
The Perinatal experience is comprising the stages of the birth process, this can be either your personal birth or it can be you giving birth.
In the Transpersonal band, you can experience anything beyond the physical or ego reality – archetypal journey, mythical, shapeshifting or a spiritual awakening.
This entire process is professionally facilitated in a sacred space of unconditional love and support.
Following this inner journey, you are encouraged to be gentle with yourself and feel what your body needs from you (preparing some wholesome food, connecting with nature, taking a rest or soaking in a warm bath).
Journalling or drawing your experience is a great tool to integrate the experience and bring it into a physical form which can often keep resonating with you long after the experience.
The Breathwork experience helps to move us from the external world to the internal world where we develop our inner-sight and re-affirm our connection with “all that is” and ultimate truth. We are creatures of both ego and soul and we often crave balance, connection and love in our lives. This work is an invitation to wake up and take the journey back to our truth! This work is part of an evolutionary psycho-spiritual therapeutic and experiential approach that doesn’t conflict with any belief system. It compliments any other therapy or practice.
Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.
Thich Nhat Hanh