Breath Work

Type of Method

• Psychology - Psychotherapy - Counseling
• Movement - Somatics - Embodied Practices
• Meditation - Spiritual Guidance

Suitable for

• Self-Guided
• One to one, personal
• In relation to children, parent / teacher
• Groups, teams and organisations


Breath Work is the practise of observing or deliberately changing the breathing pattern of the body to achieve particular outcomes. There is a range of skill-sets and desired outcomes for these practices which may help with Deep Adaptation. 

Breathe work may induce altered states of consciousness from relaxation to heightened awareness and trance. Breathe work is a long established part of yoga, meditation, shamanic practices, martial arts and Tai-Chi. Breathe work can be used therapeutically by skilled practitioners, to heal trauma. Breath Work may be iegrated with other somatic practices

Some methods of advanced breath work can be stressful to the body and mind and are not without risk and controversy. As will all methods, checking the skillset, training, experience and intentions of the practise and the guide are highly recommended, and any guide should be willing to discuss this with you. 

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Guides using this Method

Neela Paulussen

Bodyoriented (psycho)therapist

Facing collapse asks for being firmly routed in connection. I use somatic and awareness work as well …

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