Breathing practices date back to ancient times, centuries before science had any say in this matter. These ancient techniques mainly include yoga, with meditation being born from it. Both breathwork and meditation have their roots in the ancient art of yoga. Yoga and meditation help in reducing stress and anxiety, breathwork does the exact job in half the time. It also helps release our physical and emotional stress, making us feel calm and peaceful.
In therapy, doctors use breathwork exercises to reduce the mental and emotional stress of their patients. Breathwork helps in improving the physical, mental, and emotional health of humans. It also makes us spiritually healthy, connecting with our soul. Breathwork allows you to attain spiritual awakening by helping you reach your inner self. It lets you look beyond the average reach of your brain and inside your very soul.
Different kinds of breathwork models are in practice today. Each of them has other techniques of using breathing for therapy. But, whatever the method, their goal remains the same. It not only improves our overall health but also helps us to connect with our inner spirit.
What are the conditions that breathwork therapy treats?
The objective of breathwork models is to help people attain an increased level of self-awareness. Along with it, breathwork also allows people to self-healing. In short, breathwork makes people become physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually stronger. Breathwork helps you connect to your inner soul and reach beyond the capacities of your mind. The therapists who guide people through various breathing techniques are also called Breathworkers. They help people in therapy sessions.
Following are the problems that breathwork therapies treat:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Increased blood pressure
- Anxiety and stress
- Acute diseases
- Temper issues
What are the various models of breathwork techniques?
The general aim of breathwork therapy is to regulate your breathing process. It all centers on the way you inhale and exhale air. But it is not that simple a process. Breathwork allows you to concentrate on your breathing and reach beyond your mind. Although their goal remains the same, the exercises differ from each other. Some of their examples are:
- The first model involves breathing ceaselessly in a circular motion. They use full, deep breathes to inhale and exhale air. In it, participants do not catch their breath even for a second. This process is steady, creating a breathing circle.
- This exercise includes participants lying underwater for a certain amount of time. They are completely submerged inside the water. Then they breathe in and out through a pipe or come up for air. This technique of breathwork was quite popular in medieval times. Not as effective currently, it still produces impressive results. Another name for this technique is rebirthing.
- This model of breathwork involves participants continuously breathing twenty times. They inhale and exhale air twenty times in a specific pattern. Firstly, they take four short breaths in a set of four. And then, they take one deep breath. All this breathing happens through the nose, and they cannot breathe through their mouth. After-effects include various states of awareness.
Benefits and uses of breathwork techniques:
1. Deep breathing helps regulate the pH level of our blood. This, in turn, controls the flow of blood through our cells. During breathwork exercises, we sustain our breathing pattern to match a particular rhythm. This leads to several changes in our blood flow, making it more regular. This shift in pH of your blood causes you to hyperventilate or reach a state of respiratory alkalosis. It involves getting rid of more amount of CO2 by quick breathing.
2. When you breathe deeply, it leads to your pH becoming more alkaline. Due to this, the calcium ions that randomly float around in our bloodstream bind into large proteins. These large proteins are albumin, which binds together the random calcium ions. Since the calcium is not tightly bound, our body will experience fewer states of low calcium. Due to inadequate calcium levels in our bodies, we share some neurological issues.
3. When a person hyperventilates, his/her neurons experience more rapid firing. This leads to the release of adrenaline, which increases the rate of anti-inflammation. Due to this, whenever that person will get an exposure to bacteria, he/she won’t feel inflammation. Breathwork decreases the rate of inflammatory responses to bacteria. This is because the release of adrenaline activates the immune system of our body. And if our immune system is strong, we won’t get inflammation.
4. When someone claims of feeling high during or after breathwork, it is the feeling of hyperventilation or respiratory alkalosis. If the pH level of your blood is high, it will deliver oxygen quickly to the body tissues. But you can experience this state high only for a minute or two. After that, your brain vessels contract, which reduces the blood flow by almost 40%.