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.
Question: Can you teach yourself breathwork?
There are thousands of breathing techniques, and you can find out about them free or low cost, through podcasts, books or free online resources. You can absolutely teach yourself breathwork, and it is one of the most empowering journeys you can go on since the breath is always with you and you can access this powerful transformative modality absolutely free wherever you are in the world. Most books about breathwork include practices you can do, and there are numerous breathwork schools that provide free breathwork sessions as a gift or as part of their commitment to providing free and low cost opportunities to as wide a community as possible. A couple of these are Breathing Space, started by Benedict Beaumont and Neurodynamic Breathwork with Michael Stone. Breathwork can be short, focused exercises, or it can be longer sessions (between half and hour and 3 hours!). Breathing can be focussed on regulating the nervous system or activating it, depending on your goals and there are even specific breathwork patterns you can do to increase concentration, focus, athletic performance, mental agility or spiritual connection. Breathwork has been proven to be more effective than meditation for reducing stress (Hubberman Lab Podcast). So however you want to engage with breathwork, the opportunity exists to do it.
You could also book a breathwork session with a facilitator in person or online, attend a group breathwork session in person or online or use a breathwork app such as Breathwrk, iBreathe or Breathe+.
Some of these are listed below.
Free breathwork sessions:
Alchemy of Breath
Micahel Stone Neurodynamic breathwork https://breathworkonline.com/flexible-date-free-breathwork-workshop-home/
There are also podcasts, including:
And Breathe with Rebecca Dennis
The Breathwork Club
Breathwork with Ryan Williams
Some books you might want to check out include:
Breath by James Nestor
The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown
And finally, here are 3 Simple breathwork techniques to get you started:
Congratulations! You just taught yourself breathwork!
Finally, did you know I have a FREE guide to getting started with breathwork?
Claire Standen - NLP Mind Coach
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