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In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to take breathing for granted. But your breath can have a big influence on your wellbeing. Incorporating breathwork into your pactice may help you achieve a greater sense of calm, clarity and stillness of mind. It may also help to improve your physical health.

Breathwork training
for mind, body and spirit

You breathe in and out about 22,000 times per day. Your lungs take in air, extract life-sustaining oxygen and send it to your bloodstream. Your blood delivers this oxygen to your tissues and organs to keep your body working as it should.

Feelings of stress and anxiety can disrupt this process.

Stress or anxiety
Stress or
Faster, shallower breathing
Faster, shallower breathing
Brain sense a threat
Brain sense
a threat
Body responds with fight or flight
Body responds with fight or flight

Breathwork training taps into the connection between your mind and body to help you better manage the stress response.

Breathwork techniques involve taking conscious control of your breathing to activate your parasympathetic nervous system – the part of your nervous system that helps you to rest and digest.

Through slow, deliberate breathing, you tell your brain that you’re OK. Your brain then feels able to exit ‘fight or flight’ mode and tells your body to relax.

People choose to do breathwork for many reasons. With guidance and support from one of our trained professionals, breathwork training may help with stress relief and managing feelings of anxiety. Over time, this could help you achieve a greater sense of tranquility and focus.

Breathwork techniques might be engaged to support your physical wellbeing, too. Some people use breathwork to help them sleep better, or to help with blood pressure control and immune function.

Whatever your reason for exploring breathwork, our experienced counsellors will be right alongside you, providing a safe space to discover how it might work for you.

Types of breathwork

Types of breathwork

Breathwork takes you beyond the simple act of inhaling and exhaling. You can try various breathwork techniques to find one that suits your needs. Types of breathwork might include:

Diaphragmatic breathing

Focusing on long, deep breaths that tell your body to relax. If you’re seeking stress relieving activities, this is a simple and effective option.

478 breathing
In the 478 breathing method, you breathe in for four counts, hold your breath for seven, then exhale for eight counts. The longer exhale helps you to empty your lungs fully.
Alternate nostril breathing

This involves applying pressure with a thumb or finger over one nostril as you inhale, holding your breath, then switching the finger pressure to the other nostril so you exhale out the opposite side. It helps bring balance to your mind and body.

Holotropic breathwork
This more advanced form of breathwork training is best done with guidance from an experienced instructor. It is designed to help you access a different state of awareness to the one you usually experience in daily life.

During your sessions, it’s common to experience a range of sensations, emotions, and even moments of release. Breathwork often opens a gateway to self-discovery, allowing buried emotions to surface and be released. It’s okay to feel a flood of emotions, a change in temperament or some tingling in different areas of your body.

Our counselors are here to guide you through every step. They create a supportive environment, ensuring you feel comfortable and empowered throughout the process.

The benefits of breathwork

Breathwork training may help to improve a wide range of issues.
The mental and emotional benefits of breathwork may include:

Physical benefits of breathwork may include:

Breathwork Stress relief

Like to try breathwork?

Our breathwork offerings may be a fresh way to bring calm and balance to your mind, body and soul.
Consider a telehealth session with our Holistic Health & Wellness Coach

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