What is Connected Breathwork?
Connected Breathwork is a powerful technique of breathing paired with psychotherapeutic coaching. People who seek Connected Breathwork may be looking for healing of anxiety, depression, anger, stress and addictions or to improve sleep and breathing issues. Some come to Connected Breathwork to explore their spiritual dimension. Others are simply curious.
Connected Breathwork starts typically laying on your back, while I sit next to you. The focus is on a full inhalation through the nose or mouth, connected immediately with a passive exhalation. This is maintained consciously and continuously for as much as 45-60 minutes. The key words for Connected Breathwork are:
Remaining aware of the breath and whatever thoughts, emotions or sensations arise through the process.
Using a circular pattern for your breath. That is, as soon as you finish inhaling, you exhale. Before you get to the bottom of the exhalation, you connect right back up to the full inhalation again. Like a circle. Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. No pauses.
At some point, you will begin to feel as if you are being breathed and the breath will become continuous almost without effort. Until that point however, one must endeavor to be continuously breathing without pause. This is one of my roles as a breath mentor, to guide you to remain conscious and continuous with your breath.
To the extent that you maintain Conscious, Connected and Continuous breathing, energy will begin to build until you enter into an other-than-usual state of consciousness. This is where healing of trauma or stuck emotions becomes possible. You may experience expanded consciousness, overwhelming feelings of peace and joy and even mystical revelation.
Following this peak there comes a quiet integration phase which is followed by a discussion of your experience. Experiences may vary every time. The spectrum of experiences range from physical sensations of pain or pleasure, 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.
You may be given some homework between sessions to help facilitate the process. In total, a session takes approximately 2 hours.
A cycle of breathwork consists of ten sessions which also includes personal coaching into how your birth, early experiences as a child and events in your life shape your thought patterns. Connected Breathwork supports the clearing away of old patterns and conditioning, negative thoughts and emotions. It opens the doors wide for new life and greater consciousness. Those who commit themselves to a course of Connected Breathwork and mentoring have been almost universally grateful and permanently changed.
Why you need it
Most of us don’t breathe fully, we hold back the breath and have been doing so most of our lives. Research from the 1940’s by psychologist Wilhelm Reich first showed that restricted breathing corresponds to a multitude of physical, emotional, and mental diseases, and deep breathing can open up those emotional and psychological blockages. This idea is echoed throughout many cultures—from the Hindu idea of prana to Chinese chi to Greek pneuma, societies throughout history have considered breath to be a powerful healer.
When we start to breathe fully and consciously we are easily able to release what we have been holding and open to an incredible expansion of consciousness, including greater forgiveness and self-love. This inner change brings about shifts in our outer lives for the better.
Benefits of Connected Breathwork:
Expanded consciousness, mystical revelations and higher guidance
Joy and deep inner peace
Energy freed up from old obsessions and made available towards your future
Expanded awareness on all levels: physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual.
Awaken to the truth of who you really are
Better athletic performance
Deeper, more restful sleep
Deep relaxation and relief of stress and anxiety
Lowered cortisol and risk of chronic disease
Healing of trauma, grief and depression
Inner peace and freedom
How does it work?
Connected Breathwork works on the principle that there is a direct connection between the openness of your breath and how well you are. Throughout our life, we undergo stressful or traumatic experiences that we tend not to always let go of fully. We then suppress these emotions to maintain psychological balance and in doing, inhibit our breathing. There is a direct link- if someone has poor breathing patterns, there will also be unintegrated psychological and psychosomatic memories and experiences. A need for ongoing control results in a habitually less-than-ideal breathing pattern that can more or less become a permanent feature of physiological functioning.
As you learn to breathe fully and consciously you begin to release stuck patterns inside the nervous system. Through Connected Breathwork your body takes in more oxygen than usual, which lowers the CO2 level in your brain. This allows you to enter a self-induced non-ordinary state of consciousness where memories, pictures, emotions or body sensations can surface to be reviewed, released and integrated. You become 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.
Private sessions in Kobe, Osaka and Bangkok
Allow about 2.5 hours for your first session. We will arrange where to meet, which can be at one of the several yoga schools I work with, or at my home office in Kobe or at your location.
Give two hours after your last meal and wear comfortable clothes without restrictive jewelry. We will use a mat or futon and a few blankets to cover you with. Each session includes exploration into your life story using NLP-based coaching, the breathing practice and aftercare.
Individual sessions in Japan are 15,000円 or 18,000円 with Japanese interpretation if your English is not strong. The recommended cycle of 10 sessions includes a complimentary 11th session at no charge.
I provide a free 30 minute intro call by Skype, simply reserve below!