Breathwork has gained popularity in recent years as a powerful tool for personal development and stress management. One specific form of breathwork, known as Transpersonal Breathwork, has been shown to help individuals release stress and trauma that may be "stuck" in the nervous system. If you want to learn more about how stress and trauma can get "stuck" in the nervous system, read our post "Understanding the Trauma Response Cycle: A Key to Transpersonal Breathwork."
Transpersonal Breathwork is an active breathing technique that allows individuals to access the healing power of their breath. During a session, participants are guided to breathe deeply in rhythmic cycles, which can help release tension and activate the body's natural healing processes.
One unique aspect of Transpersonal Breathwork is that it allows individuals to access old trauma and stress stored in the nervous system. Incomplete stress cycles from past experiences can get stuck in the body when our natural trauma response is short-circuited. This can lead to a range of physical and emotional symptoms. Transpersonal Breathwork can help individuals complete these cycles, release stored energy and emotions, and move towards healing and balance.
Physiologically, during a Transpersonal Breathwork session, the body undergoes a range of changes. As individuals breathe deeply and rhythmically, they increase the amount of oxygen in their bodies and activate the sympathetic nervous system, responsible for the "fight or flight" response. Some forms of breathwork activate the parasympathetic response to induce a calm and relaxed state. However, when releasing old trauma that is "stuck" in the nervous system, re-entering the fight or flight response is necessary to complete the trauma response cycle and process the energy and emotion from the original trauma or stress. This process can lead to physical sensations such as tingling, warmth, or even involuntary movements. Emotionally, individuals may experience a range of emotions, from sadness and anger to joy and euphoria.
Once the body completes the cycle and moves stagnant energy, we can reinforce the pattern by inducing a parasympathetic nervous system response through calm and relaxed forms of breathing, or deeply relaxing forms of Sound Meditation or "sound bath" with overtone producing instruments.
The ultimate goal of Transpersonal Breathwork is to help individuals connect with their innate healing power and move towards a sense of balance and wholeness. By releasing stored stress and trauma, individuals can experience greater physical and emotional well-being, improved sleep, increased resilience to stress, and a restored connection to life.
If you're interested in exploring the healing power of Transpersonal Breathwork, consider trying a session with us. We offer both private and group sessions. With the right guidance and support, you can tap into the power of your own breath to move towards your highest potential.
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