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Holotropic Breathwork Therapy

 

 

Holotropic breathwork was first discovered as a therapeutic process to help clients process trauma without experiencing emotional pain. With holotropic breathwork therapy, breathing patterns are used to access the unconscious — a part of the brain and central nervous system that is usually inaccessible. Learn more about how this therapy works and how it may benefit you at The Sanctuary.

 


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What Is Holotropic Breathwork Therapy? | Benefits of Holotropic Breathwork Therapy | Is Holotropic Breathwork Safe?

What Is Holotropic Breathwork Therapy?

Holotropic breathwork therapy is used to achieve an altered state of consciousness through breathing exercises that locate repressed memories in the unconscious. These sessions can be done one-on-one but are typically done in a group format.

Before beginning, a “breather” and a “sitter” are assigned. The breather is the client participating in the breathing exercises, while the sitter is available to assist the breather if necessary but will not interfere. A trained professional will also be there to facilitate the activities. 

In one session, the breather will lie down, close their eyes and alternate long and short breaths for a specified amount of time. Rhythmic music will play throughout this one- to three-hour period. During the exercise, the client may feel a tingling sensation partnered with a mind-body connection and clarity as they confront troubling issues.

Holotropic breathwork therapy may be used to treat several conditions, including:

Benefits of Holotropic Breathwork Therapy

Holotropic breathwork is a holistic approach to therapy, treating the whole body — mentally, physically and spiritually. Overall, it works to activate your natural ability to heal from previous trauma or addiction. 

Specifically, holotropic breathwork therapy can help:

  • Release stress
  • Improve negative symptoms
  • Enhance self-awareness
  • Decrease chronic pain
  • Develop coping exercises
  • Sharpen mental focus
  • Balance blood pressure
  • Boost the immune system
  • Strengthen respiratory function
  • Overcome uncomfortable thoughts
  • Lower side effects from trauma

Is Holotropic Breathwork Safe?

Since holotropic breathwork exercises include quick breaths similar to hyperventilation, there are some concerns about this exercise. Hyperventilation can occur when an individual’s carbon dioxide (CO2) blood level drops because of rapid breathing. However, this usually happens in an uncontrolled environment, leading to the risks of panicking or feeling ill.

Holotropic breathwork can alter the blood’s CO2 and oxygen levels but does not present the same risks as hyperventilation. This therapy is guided by a highly trained professional who will ensure the client remains safe and their inhales and exhales stay even. 

Talk to your doctor before beginning this kind of breathing if you have any of the following medical conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Angina
  • Heart attack
  • Recent injury or surgery
  • Osteoporosis
  • Glaucoma
  • Any conditions requiring medication

Holotropic Therapy at The Sanctuary

At The Sanctuary, you can become involved in a one-of-a-kind treatment program focused on whole-body healing. We can assist you with your recovery goals for a total life transformation. Holotropic breathwork therapy is one of our many therapy options to get you on the right track.

For more information about our services, contact The Sanctuary at Sedona today to find out how we can help.

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