Breathwork is a healing modality that is taking the world by storm. Why? Because it is so effective! It allows people to heal themselves through the power of their own breath. More and more people are looking for holistic ways to gain better mental health and deep inner peace. Breathwork is a powerful way of releasing old energies, memories and tensions in the body and mind. This results in more freedom and clarity to move forward in life and with that we can then show up for ourselves, our family and community in a more positive and empowered way.
What is breathwork? Breathwork is a way of accessing the deeper layers of the body and subconscious mind by using conscious connected breath while laying down and allowing ourselves to relax. Why access the body and subconscious mind? Long held unresolved traumas, negative emotions, tensions, fears are all held in the nervous system, in our cellular memory and the subconscious mind. A lot of these stem from childhood or even past lives and if left unexpressed and not healed at the time of the traumatic event happening the trauma and emotions will remain stuck and eventually create our perception of how we see ourselves and how we see the world.
All emotions, even those that are suppressed and unexpressed, have physical effects. unexpressed emotions tend to stay in the body like small ticking time bombs- they are illnesses in incubation
How does it work?
By laying down and relaxing the whole body we breathe in a conscious connected rhythm. This breathwork practice is inhaling and exhaling with an open mouth. Relaxing the jaw with our mouth open we inhale taking full body breaths, breathing all the way down into the pelvic floor and all the way up to the collar bones expanding the whole body and then slightly relaxing or surrendering on the exhale. It is a circular breathing pattern and there is no pause between the inhale and exhale, we keep breathing like this for 45-60 minutes. Please note this is not Wim Hoff breathing there are no pauses or breath retention throughout the breathwork journey.
By breathing in this way we over oxygenate our system which alters the balance between oxygen(O2) and carbon dioxide(CO2). With less CO2 and more O2 in the body it changes the ph level of the blood making it more alkaline it then activates the sympathetic nervous system which is the house of our fight/flight/freeze response.
The sympathetic nervous system stores the energy of old traumas that were not fully discharged and completed at the time of the traumatic event. We as humans have a tendency to hold onto this energy due to fears or not knowing how to allow the energy of the trauma to discharge from the system naturally and it then freezes in the sympathetic system. Once this energy is frozen and locked into the system it alters our thoughts, behaviours and beliefs as we carry on with our lives doing our best to avoid those feelings which are usually related to fear. The frozen energy will stay locked in the system and it doesn’t matter if the trauma happened 10 years ago, in our childhood or 2 days ago it will continue to distort and create an often fear based reality until we are able to access and allow the frozen energy to move. Breathwork is a very effective way of meeting this energy, using the breath to help it unlock and release it from the nervous system body and mind which results in more spiritual, mental and emotional freedom.
A study done in 2017 by Zen Brain Lab brain mapped participants using this breathing technique 1 hour per day for 10 days to find if there were any significant shifts in brain waves and brain activity. They mapped the participants brains before and after the first session and again mapped the brain after session 10. They found very promising shifts in brain signatures and patterns associated with symptoms including inhibition, disconnection, emotional and physical withdrawal, anxiety, anxiousness, worry, chronic fatigue, depression, low mood, low libido and chronic health conditions.
Test Results Shown By BrainMaps Included:
• Significant improvement in alpha asymmetry
• Significant improvement in brain over-arousal and anxiety
• Better brain inter-hemispheric connectivity
• Improvement in alpha dominant frequency
• Significant improvement in beta asymmetry
By using this breathing technique we hyperstimulate the brain sending more blood and energy to all parts of the brain. The Prefrontal Cortex (our conscious, thinking and reasoning part of the brain) allows the doorways to open to the Amygdala (reptilian brain) which is the storehouse of preconscious memories and the Limbic lobe which controls our emotions. By activating these parts of the brain we can access old stored memories and allow ourselves to feel and process the emotions related to them. Again this results in more spiritual, mental and emotional freedom.
Quite often with this type of breathwork throughout the 1 hour journey we can enter into non ordinary states of consciousness similar to a psychedelic experience. This helps us to realise and remember that our consciousness is much larger and expansive than our normal everyday consciousness that we identify with. This can help with gaining more clarity from a higher perspective, understanding our unconscious mind and the symbolism that is speaks to us with, breaking down of old egoic structures that no longer serve us, can help understand and release trauma from the body and mind and many other positive benefits. According to Rick Strassman (author of DMT The Spirit Molecule) because we are slightly depleted of carbon dioxide(CO2) throughout this breathing practice, the body is looking to balance out the O2/CO2 and pulls CO2 from excess Melatonin produced in the pineal gland which is also where DMT is produced. The pineal gland is then stimulated to produce DMT which then starts to excrete into the system and can take us into the non ordinary states of consciousness.
You may be living a fear based reality due to unresolved traumas of the past and not even know it.
Breathwork is safe. We are actually accessing our own internal healer with breathwork. The body has its own wisdom and is always looking to bring us back to optimal health (homeostasis). Each breather is in control of their breathwork journey and how deep they wish to go into their process. There is no expectations from me (Steven) as your facilitator, my only encouragement is to keep an open mind, stay with the breathing pattern, feel and process whatever comes up throughout the journey and trust the process.
Breathwork is life changing and in this great period of change going on right now on this planet breathwork is playing a major part in helping release the old and move into the new consciousness because change starts with the individual and that ripples out into the world.
Focusing on the act of breathing clears the mind of all daily distractions and clears our energy enabling us to better connect with the Spirit within
I truly believe in breathwork and I am passionate about it. Every time I hold a 1:1 session for a client or hold space for group sessions I am amazed at the transformation that happens with each breather in such a short amount of time.
Breathwork is helpful for:
Connecting to and strengthening intuition
Releasing grief, anger & resentment
Connecting to old stuck emotions
Forgiving the past
Gaining body awareness
Restrictions in the body
and so many more benefits
How I hold sessions
It is my job as a practitioner to hold a safe and loving space for the client or group while they go deep into their own process and guide them along the way.
1:1 sessions will be for 2 hours which will include:
Talk at the start and set an intention for the breathwork journey
Time to learn the breathing technique
1 hour guided breathwork journey
Time afterwards for integration and a debrief about the experience.
group sessions vary but always include:
Group bonding and safe space setting together
Learning the breathing technique
1 hour breathwork journey
Integration time afterwards
Debrief about the journey as a group or in smaller groups
Online 1:1 sessions
Online sessions will be held for clients once we have had an interview to see if it is right for the client or not
If you would like to know more about Breathwork or want to book a session please send me an email
What my clients say:
"Steve is a rare kind. He made me feel safe knowing that whatever depth within myself I needed to go he would be there.
Steve's loving and strong presence made me feel he has been to much darker depths than most people and turned it into light. Now he is here to support me to do the same.
Thank you for letting me see a part of myself I was previously afraid to"
David Bentley (Embodiment coach and Ted Talk speaker)
My breathwork session with Steven was truly transformational. I’ve done a few breathworks in the past with other practitioners & this one was deeply powerful.
Steven created an honest, safe & open space for me to go deep into my trauma & release it. He is the real deal - a man of integrity who is born to do this work.
Steven, thank you for helping me lighten my inner load & open up my perspective.
Dr April Lotay (DC) (Chiropractor)