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The term “breathwork” has become more popular over the last few years. Breathwork uses breathing techniques to garner relaxation and as a way to unblock trauma.

Although breathwork has been around for many decades, holistic therapy has recently risen in popularity, and so has breathwork.


Western psychotherapy has been our primary source of treatment for many years. Now that people have become more willing to investigate other forms of treatment, breathwork has made its way into recovery.

People who suffer from trauma and addiction have started to see the spiritual, mental, and physical effects that breathwork can have. As pain manifests in different ways in the body, breathwork gives pain an outlet to be released out of the body. 


How Does Breathwork Work?

There are many variations of techniques, depending on how a person should receive breathwork. The main gist of breathwork is breathing to heal all levels of pain.

Breathwork draws an Eastern medicine approach of yoga and tai chi while adding some Western psychotherapy methods into the mix. Certified breathwork therapists can use music, bodywork, art, talk therapy, and of course, breathing, to support the needs of the individual. 


How Does Breathwork Aid in Trauma Recovery?

Breathwork supports self-awareness and self-healing through various suggested breathing techniques. The goal is to improve the whole person through spiritual, mental, and physical means.

If one part of the entire person is off-kilter, breathwork can aid in bringing them all together as one. Trauma can be expelled through breathwork by releasing the tension and pent-up energy that is deeply rooted within the subconsciousness of the person.

Through the deep and focused breaths, the powerful connection between mind, body, and soul diminishes trauma. Breathwork restores the balance of the body’s systems by creating space and tranquility in the body as a whole.


While breathwork may sound like a solution for you, take heed if you have had certain medical conditions that can be affected by the breathing techniques being offered. Consult your primary care doctor or ask your therapist if you have a history of medical ailments that could be exacerbated by the potential risk of hyperventilation. Many other therapies can be helpful in your recovery for trauma, you just need to seek one that is more suitable for your physical condition. 


At The Guest House Ocala, our recovery programs include many experiential modalities including traditional therapy, conscious connected breathwork, equine therapy, somatic experiencing, art in healing, grief therapy, mindfulness, and other forms of therapy.

Call 855-372-1079 today for more information.