Breathwork Contraindications

Although breathwork offers many benefits, it is important to realize that it is not always suitable for everyone. Certain medical and psychological conditions can make breathwork risky. Below is an overview of the main limitations for breathwork.

    Medical conditions
    • Pregnancy (at any stage)
    • Retinal detachment
    • Glaucoma
    • Kidney disease
    • High bloodpressure
    • Cardiovascular disease, such as angina, previous heart attack or stroke
    • Diagnosis of an aneurysm of any kind
    • Uncontrolled thyroid disorders
    • Diabetes
    • Severe asthma - for mild to moderate asthma we can discuss this
    • Recent surgery, stitches or injury

    Mental illnesses

    • Severe PTSD or trauma
    • Active use of (recreational) drugs, including alcohol
    • Medications that alter brain chemistry such as anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, ADHD medications, OCD medications, etc.
    • Epilepsy
    • History of seizures
    • Previous diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or other psychiatric conditions
    • Severe psychosomatic disorders
    • Hospital admission for a psychiatric illness or emotional crisis in the past 10 years

    Precautions and Recommendations

    1. Consult a doctor 🩺: Before starting breathwork, especially if you have a medical or psychological condition, it is important to consult your doctor.
    2. Start slowly 🐒: Start with gentle breathwork exercises and gradually increase the intensity. This helps your body to adapt to the new techniques and experience.
    3. Trust yourself 🌟 : Due to our current illness care, we have lost the connection with ourselves and our bodies (as if there is a differenceπŸ™ˆ). At InnerSeed we believe that you can start trusting yourself again. Do you have one of the above limitations, but do you feel inside that breathwork could still offer a solution for you? Contact us to discuss what is possible for you.