I often get asked, what’s Body and Breathwork like? It doesn’t seem to be much like any other therapy, and no two sessions are the same, but one of my clients kindly agreed to share his experience in a short interview:
HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT DOING BODY AND BREATHWORK?
I was initially sceptical, but having been told about the possible benefits, I was open-minded to giving it a try. Also, as someone who has always felt fairly well in touch with my emotional side, I was advised that it was something that I would likely respond to well.
WHAT’S BODY AND BREATHWORK LIKE FOR YOU?
The sessions really help to let go of any stress that I’ve felt during the day. I find the deep breathing practiced during the sessions very powerful, particularly as I progress and become tuned in to both my own body.
For me, there is no typical session, each one is unique. But each session leaves me feeling like I have conquered something, removed some stress or banished negative energy. I am always left feeling both refreshed and thoughtful. Thoughtful of how I can use the findings from the session in life.
During sessions I find that I can feel tingling sensations moving around my body, and as I progress, I can really start to ‘feel’ and be present in parts of my body that I had never realised that I could benefit from being present in, before I started.
WHAT HAPPENED FOR YOU DURING THE SESSIONS?
I have had some fascinating experiences, for me the two principal emotions have been sadness and anger. To many, that may sound like a negative experience but it was not. Fundamentally the sessions were able to help me unearth these emotions from within myself.
As somebody that has always repressed anger (I think many people do in modern life), the sessions that I’ve had, have really let me delve into myself and let me express that anger in a safe place, with no judgement. It is the same with sadness, a couple of times I found myself crying about different things, but it is positive and healthy to let these emotions out, rather than holding them inside the body.
WHAT CHANGED IN DAILY LIFE?
I gained a better understanding of myself and my body. I became more conscious of my breathing, or perhaps lack of. Many of us don’t breathe deeply enough in day-to-day life, and having these sessions which are focussed on breathing really gave me an understanding of what breathing means, and why it is so important to make sure I breathe properly. Each session gave me some actionable feedback to take into my daily life.
Each session brought up questions and answers to things I had been thinking about, supressing or experiencing in my life, and helped me to take more control over my body’s emotional reactions.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS AND, IF SO, WHY?
I would recommend Body and Breathwork to others. For me it is a very positive experience, and I would recommend it to anyone who is open-minded to the idea of becoming more in touch with their emotions and wanting to connect with their body and release any suppressed energy within.
I would recommend it because it is a stress-relieving session that really helps you to conquer the things that you hold inside your body, and we all hold things in, it’s just what humans do. If you think you could benefit from releasing some pent up stress, or grief but you feel a bit scared and you are sceptical like I initially was, I would encourage you to give it a try. I was really surprised how much I enjoyed the sessions, and how much I got out of them.
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