My experience of Conscious Breathwork therapy as a Fibromyaglia lady

This week I attended breathwork workshop in Liverpool and I feel so enriched by it I had to dedicate a blog to this experience. 

"Join Suzie for a two and a half hour conscious breathwork workshop where you will be introduced to this powerful practice. Beginning with a full introduction to the breathing technique, then going into a 1 hour guided breathwork session and closing with a grounding meditation and sharing circle. 

Breathwork offers an opportunity to expand your consciousness and help refine your awareness of the inner and outer world. Breathwork allows us to access unconscious or suppressed material, to retrieve hidden, forgotten, or lost parts of ourselves and it helps us to maintain higher and more subtle levels of energy and aliveness." (Kapucia) 

Conscious breathwork is a simple, gentle yet powerful conscious breathing technique. I have experienced many if not all alternative therapies, counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and yet this one treatment alone gave me the greatest experience, it is truly THAT powerful.

It is nothing at all like yoga breathing or controlled breathing for relaxation, it brings into awareness not only our unconsciously held beliefs and emotions but also the relationships we have with our bodies, ourselves, our intimates and our world. When we consciously breathe with this awareness, we make it possible to resolve, integrate and heal previously unresolved issues within ourselves. This frees up energy, bringing greater aliveness and joy and allowing us to move towards the fulfilment of our potential as human beings.

It is said to work by breathing continuously without a break so your body takes in more oxygen than usual, which changes the CO2 level in your brain. You enter a self-induced trance state (a nonordinary state of consciousness) where memories, pictures, emotions or body sensations can surface to be reviewed, released and integrated.

The power of rebirthing is that in this state you are the experiencer as well as the observer of past incidents that may emerge, enabling you to release and re-interpret what happened in the past from a newly conscious and fresh perspective.

It all sounds very hocus-pocus, magic, and sorcery but it is not, it is within a beautiful controlled environment guided by the therapist who was a fully qualified breathwork coach and psychotherapist.

Experiences may vary every time. The spectrum of experiences range from physical sensations of pain or pleasure, the release of body blockages through heat or energy movement to release of emotions (sadness, anger, etc.) There may be realisations of dysfunctional thought patterns or new thought connections and insights and deeply spiritual or energetic experiences.

The experience for me was so very intense and I truly feel a different woman (spiritually) left that evening.

The breathing practice was hard to follow at first as it is something I have never done before, your throat gets dry and I wanted so much to take a drink of water but this feeling soon passed. I was then in a trance state, on a journey through past experiences I often try so hard to forget due to the pain of dealing with it.

Without going into detail I was in the room at a past painful event. Initially, I was fearful but it was almost like my body willed me to remain there and deal with it. Never before have I dealt with the emotions, pain, the anger of that period of my life, I shut them away and internalised it all. 

There was lots of light, yellow calming light as I lay there. I often get aura colours during Reiki so this was not new to me. 

I was visualising past experiences as the third person, out of body watching myself. This release of emotions and dealing with so much continued. The best way I can describe it as I stepped into my mind and arrived with a new filing system and within each breath, I was there sorting my past. I tried this returning to emotions with CBT and never came close at all. 

At one stage I was struggling like my heart was bursting open inside my chest. I remember thinking at the time that this was my heart chakra healing, who knows what it was, I can only give my view of my experience. The tears flowed and for a second I was scared, the therapist came and placed her hand on my chest and helped me to control and stay calm, she guided me. 

Then all the pain slipped away and I felt calm, so intensely calm, a rich contentment I have never felt before. 

For me, it really does give expanded awareness on all levels: physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual.

If you are reading this and thinking, "What a load of rubbish, it can not be that good" don't worry I completely understand, I read about it and felt the same. How can breathing make someone cry? 

I really had no intentions of dealing with an old wound that night, my intention was for pain relief for fibromyalgia. 

Can't recommend this enough. 

 Love and gentle hugs to you all


Popular Posts