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Breathwork FAQs

What can breathwork help with?

Breathwork can be a safe, supportive and accessible therapy to allow you to explore your full potential and make new meanings. I work with the breath on all the same issues that clients bring to traditional counselling and the two modalities can be offered as stand alone therapies or in conjunction with each other. 

You may wish to explore Breathwork purely for relaxation and self care and may not identify as having a specific mental health concern. This is also most welcome.

I have a holistic, person-centred approach which means each breathwork relationship is completely unique based on what you bring to your sessions. I want to help you to realise your full potential and find your own personal meanings. 

This list below is not exhaustive, and there is much more to discover about ourselves than a medical diagnosis, but I have experience in working with the following:

  • abuse

  • anxiety

  • attachment disorder

  • bereavement

  • chronic fatigue

  • disabilities

  • high sensitivity

  • insomnia

  • low self esteem

  • menopause

  • mental health

  • miscarriage

  • neurodiversity

  • suicidal thoughts

  • trauma

  • work related stress

I'm not sure whether I should choose Breathwork or Counselling

Firstly, you don't need to chose between the two types of therapy. These can be combined if that feels appropriate and we can talk about what you would like to achieve over the course of our work together and I will tailor my support to meet your individual needs. 

There may be times, however, where Breathwork feels like a more appropriate option than traditional talking therapy. These could include:

  • For relaxation. Breathwork can help you to access a place of deep, nourishing relaxation.

  • Bodily connection and emotional regulation. If you live in a very busy mind and find it hard to sense or name the felt emotions in your body, breathwork can be beneficial as we work somatically to tune in to what is happening in your body. Breathwork can be a provide a safe space to explore this as you notice how you can regulate your emotions with your breath.

  • Bring you to a more centred place and connect with your spiritual self. Breathwork can incorporate mind, body and spirit and we work with the areas that you would like to develop.

  • Access to states of non ordinary consciousness. Breathwork can take you deep within yourself and you may experience strong visualizations as you enter a liminal space between your conscious and unconscious selves. Your mind will be aware, but not in it's usual wakeful state. Using only the breath, and being fully supported by a facilitator, these non ordinary conscious states can encourage you to see your life from a broader lens and from different angles allowing you to discover new meanings.  

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What might I experience in a breathwork session?

Each breathwork session is completely unique. Typically, we will focus on connecting your breath, breathing gently and fully through either the nose or the mouth. You may experience a range of bodily sensations from deep relaxation to a strong desire for movement; all of these are welcome. There is often emotional release and you could encounter sadness, fear, joy, anger or any of the range of human emotions. We allow these to be present and acknowledged and work to integrate them into your lived experience. You may experience strong visual imagery or colours. Sessions are interactive and you will be offered opportunities to share your experience with me both during and after the breathe. Very occasionally, clients experience clenching in their hands or feet (tetany). This is nothing to fear and a natural response to the changes in CO2 in the body; if this occurs, I work with you to slow down your breathing and the sensation will soon pass.

When might breathwork not be appropriate?

Contraindications

As a precaution, the following conditions are contraindicated for anyone thinking of practicing the Conscious Connected Breath in either a group setting or for an individual session. If you do experience any of the below conditions, please ensure that you make me aware of these in order to ensure we are able to work safely together.

 * Pregnancy

* Detached Retina

* Glaucoma

* High Blood Pressure (not controlled with medication)

* Cardiovascular disease including angina, previous heart attack or stroke.

* Diagnosis of aneurysm in the brain or abdomen

* Uncontrolled thyroid conditions and diabetes

* Asthma - if you are asthmatic, you are welcome to attend providing you bring your inhaler to the session.

* Epilepsy

* Prior diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or previous psychiatric condition

* Any other medical, psychiatric or physical conditions which would impair or affect ability to engage in any activities that involve intense physical and/or emotional release

 

Breathwork is not a crisis service. If you feel that you are at risk of harming your self or others, please contact Samaritans or Breathing Space.  

How much will it cost?

Initial free 20 minute telephone consultation to see if we would like to work together.

Rates: £50 per 2 hour session until May 2024

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