What is breathwork?

With breathwork you focus and use the breath to calm the body and mind. It has been around for thousands of years and has roots in the practice of yoga. Breathwork is a powerful tool that can help you release toxins and stress as you exhale, and nourish your mind and body as you inhale.

Benefits of breathwork

Research into breathwork is promising. Potential health benefits of breathwork include:

  • Alkalizing the pH of the blood
  • Anti-inflammatory effect
  • Improve your mood
  • Reduction of stress hormones

Breathwork has also been found to have a positive impact on mental health. It can regulate mood, sharpen attention and concentration, and improve neuroplasticity, or the ability of brain cells to adapt and change in response to situations we encounter. It can also help you improve your mood, increase self-love, self-esteem and courage, and achieve peace.

In addition to the previously mentioned benefits, breathwork can also help you:

  • Reduce anxiety and depression symptoms: Paying attention to your breathing can help you reduce stress and anxiety by calming your mind and body
  • Improve sleep quality: Mindful breathing can help reduce stress and anxiety, which can help improve sleep quality
  • Increase your emotional resilience: Your breath is your anchor, if you control your breath you can control your emotions.
  • Improve creativity: Connecting to your breathing can improve focus and concentration.

What is a breathing session?

A breathing session is a therapeutic breathing exercise intended to aid in emotional healing and personal growth. It involves controlling and accelerating breathing patterns to influence your mental, emotional and physical state. During a session you can achieve an altered state of consciousness. Once you reach this state, it is possible to access parts of your consciousness that are difficult to reach.

An InnerSeed breathing session can evoke intense emotions and painful memories. Our priority is therefore to create a safe environment in which appropriate guidance is available to help you process these emotions.

Breathing sessions can be done in a group or individually and can last from one hour to two hours. The InnerSeed group sessions take place in Enschede.

Why should you consider a breathing session?

Breathing sessions can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health, but the benefits can vary from person to person. Here are some reasons why you should consider attending a breathing session:

  • Self-exploration or personal growth

Participants find a deeper insight into themselves, their emotions and their life experiences.

  • Spiritual exploration

Some people are drawn to breathwork because of its potential to facilitate spiritual experiences and insights. The altered states of consciousness induced during the session are sometimes described as transcendent or mystical, leading participants to explore their spiritual beliefs and connections.

  • Healing from trauma

Breathwork is sometimes used as a therapeutic approach to address unresolved trauma. The intense and focused breathing process can bring out suppressed emotions and memories, providing an opportunity for processing and healing.

  • Releasing emotional blocks

Participants can attend breathing sessions to release emotional blocks, pent-up tension and repressed emotions. The deep breathing and altered states can create a special experience, allowing emotional release and relief.

  • Connection between body and mind

A breathing session emphasizes the connection between body and mind. Participants can do breathwork to deepen their awareness of this mind-body connection and explore how it can contribute to overall well-being.

  • Creative inspiration

Some people find that the altered states brought about by breathing sessions can increase creativity and provide inspiration. Artists, writers and individuals in creative fields can use the practice to tap into deeper levels of their imagination.

Although many people find a breathing session to be a transformative and positive experience, breathing sessions are not for everyone. Individuals with certain medical conditions or psychological issues should consult healthcare professionals before participating in intensive breathing sessions.