A blog by Claire Standen Coaching
For many people, a breathwork session, whether in person or online and in a group or individually, will be their first experience of really connecting with their body for a while, and perhaps even for a very long time. We tend to be quite disconnected from our body’s wisdom and therefore after a breathwork which may be relaxing, bring insight or really quite powerful emotionally or physically, people wonder what they can ‘do’ afterwards. In the world of breathwork, we encourage a period of integration after a breathwork, which could involve lying or sitting quietly listening to a favourite piece of music or in silence, or journaling what your experience was like. In a group environment, sharing your thoughts and experiences can be a really important part of integrating.
Here are some other tips to help you ground and centre after a breathwork session.
> Drink plenty of water
> Carve out some time for yourself if at all possible
> Be gentle with yourself as things may come up from the past that you hadn't realised were still bothering you. This is your opportunity to feel all your feelings about it, and release it once and for all. The process may take some hours, days or even a few weeks.
> Go slowly, clear your diary and listen to your body's wisdom. You've invited it to speak to you, and when we listen to the subtle messages we are listening to the whispers so that our body doesn't have to 'scream' to get our attention.
> Allow this work to bring you more self awareness. It may feel raw and tender at first to recognise your patterns of thought and behaviour, but ultimately it brings you huge freedom.
> If you need extra support, reach out to a loving and supportive friend or a healthcare professional. If the breathwork was facilitated, reach out to the facilitator with any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
✨ Is it normal to feel tired?
This is totally normal after energy work and will resolve itself with time, just be sure to get adequate rest.
✨ I'm feeling really emotional, is that normal?
Yes. You have released some trauma that was stored in your body and this will require some 'settling' in your mind and body. Things have been 'stirred up', and they will settle back down again with time. You may need the help of a professional to process this, but you can trust that your body will only release what is meant to be released.
✨I feel like I've been hit by a bus, will I be OK?
You will. Some people term this a 'healing crisis', and if it happens to you, refer to the aftercare instructions above and follow the ones that feel supportive.
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Claire Standen - NLP Mind Coach
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