Breathwork, a type of therapy that involves consciously controlling your breathing, has gained increased attention. In this article, we’ll dive into seven often-overlooked aspects of being a Breathwork therapist.
Contrary to what many people believe, healing through Breathwork is not just about experiencing intense physical and emotional releases. It’s also about gaining very powerful insights, healing the body, connecting with the life force energy within us, and even feeling pleasure.
At InnerCamp, we help practitioners release unpleasant emotions and blockages through catharsis. However, this is just one phase of the process and much more lies beyond. Intense physical and emotional releases are merely 20% of the process where we release what’s not serving us anymore.
Some practitioners, in their enthusiasm to heal, push themselves to breathe too deeply and too fast, which can lead to harmful effects, including hyperventilation and painful tetany, a condition characterized by muscle spasms.
In Breathwork, just like in life, sometimes less is more. The goal of Breathwork is not to strain yourself but to surrender and find the right breathing pattern that’s conducive to your healing. InnerCamp facilitators use bodywork and energy work to help practitioners follow a more natural healing path, keeping the breather in a state of emotional safeness through opening or closing their exposure to stimulation.
After a deep Breathwork session, it’s essential to take a break. Practising Breathwork every day is like going for therapy every day – it doesn’t give your body and mind the needed time to integrate the experiences and insights gained from the session.
Integration serves as a bridge between the heightened states of awareness and the practical realities of existence. While the Breathwork experience itself can be powerful and cathartic, it is during the integration phase that the insights, emotions, and revelations that arise are consciously processed and integrated into one’s daily life.
Without proper integration, the profound experiences and shifts that occur during Breathwork might remain isolated occurrences, failing to leave a lasting impact.
Many Breathwork practitioners focus solely on releasing, crying, and yelling. But this is only one part of the process. At InnerCamp, we guide breathers to a pleasure state where they can enjoy their body, accepting and forgiving themselves, and revelling in the flow of life-force energy.
While numerous Breathwork practitioners emphasize the aspects of release, catharsis, and vocal expression, it’s important to recognize that these elements constitute just a single facet of the overall journey. At InnerCamp, we guide participants from catharsis to a state of profound pleasure. Within this state, individuals learn to savour their physical presence, embrace self-acceptance and forgiveness, and allow life-force energy to flow freely.
The notion of blockages within the chakras or tension belts (Wilhelm Reich) has consistently been integral to the teachings of the earliest Breathwork schools. The presence of these blockages impedes the unhindered flow of life force energy, thereby hindering holistic healing.
In recent times, an increasing number of schools have placed heightened emphasis on the physical aspects, sometimes overlooking the crucial energy dynamics necessary for optimal bodily functioning. InnerCamp therapists know about the importance of unblocking these areas through a blend of bodywork and energy work techniques. We are committed to supporting a seamless flow of energy within the body, ensuring a more holistic approach to healing.
In order to ensure effectiveness, a Breathwork facilitator must engage in their own personal growth journey. Otherwise, there’s a potential for projecting their traumas and limiting beliefs onto the clients they serve.
At InnerCamp, each facilitator undergoes a profound transformational experience as part of the Breathwork Therapy Training. This process not only facilitates their own healing but also equips them to guide others on their path to healing.
Most Breathwork schools teach a single style that they expect you to use with every client. However, every person is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Not everyone will breathe happily with the same type of music, guidance, breathing pattern and goal.
At InnerCamp, we draw upon a broad scientific foundation and ancient spiritual wisdom. In the Breathwork Therapy Training, we include six distinct Breathwork styles, enabling you to select the most suitable style for each client or group of clients.
In conclusion, while Breathwork is a powerful tool for healing and transformation, it’s essential to have a well-rounded understanding of the practice. The seven points above reveal the depth and breadth of what it means to be a Breathwork therapist. As you dive deeper into this journey, remember that every breath you take is a step towards healing, not just for you, but for those you guide.
At InnerCamp, we understand that Breathwork is an ongoing journey of growth and transformation. To ensure the highest possible standards, we offer ongoing support and guidance to our facilitators, also after completing the training program. We also provide a space for practitioners to come together and share their experiences.
Moreover, we are committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for all our students. Our instructors are highly trained in trauma-informed care, ensuring that everyone feels heard and seen in their journey. Through this commitment to quality education and support, InnerCamp has become one of the leading Breathwork schools in the world.