Transformational Breath® is a simple diaphragmatic breathing technique that helps to fully open the respiratory system.
By enriching the body with oxygen and therefore energy it promotes physical, emotional and mental well-being. It encourages a constant, flowing, open breath that can access blocked areas of emotion without usual holding habits. In this way, past emotional memories held in the body can surface and finally be integrated.
For thousands of years humans have understood the power of conscious breathing and how it can influence our well-being, yet we still find it difficult to believe how strong the link between our breathing and our physical and emotional health is. 70% of us don’t use our breath in full capacity and most of us only use 33% of our respiratory capacity. Our energy, circulation, our life itself depends on the breathing process, the movement we create within our bodies and the constant exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Full breathing means more energy for our cells. Healthy cells create a healthy environment for all processes happening within our system.
The ideal breath would be open, full, connected (no gaps before exhale or inhale). It would engage the whole respiratory system and naturally massage our organs, and stimulate our circulation and immune system fluids. If our breathing becomes restricted we may limit the effectiveness of this process and this may show up in physical illness, general lack of energy, or mental and emotional imbalance, such as stress, anxiety, depression.
Each of us have a unique breathing pattern that tells a story about our life, about our relationship to ourselves and the world around us. We might predominantly breathe using our chest, middle or lower belly area, some people will breathe deeper than others. Our breathing can often be irregular or restricted. As we face in life difficult situations that influence our emotions, we often instinctively withdraw as a self-protective mechanism by holding or restricting our breath. What we are actually doing is suppressing or repressing the unwanted emotional energy of the experience into our bodies. Keeping it buried inside by adjusting our way of breathing, requires a lot of energy and creates chronic tension in our bodies, which will eventually manifest into a physical or psychological condition. Even if we have been limiting our restricted breathing patterns our entire lives, these patterns can quickly be overcome and changed in just a few sessions of Transformational Breathing, and sometimes in just a few moments!
How can Transformational Breath® help me?
Full breathing helps to detoxify the body, brings more oxygen to our cells, massages our organs, increases energy levels, works towards physical wellness. Breathing into previously closed places allows negativity to surface, promoting integration of our suppressed feelings and emotions, limiting beliefs that result in self-sabotaging behaviours. People connect better to their intuition, which allows them to follow their own inner guidance.
After experiencing Transformational Breath, people often report that they feel more empowered, more aware, more balanced and harmonious, their mind is clearer. Others have reported a better sleep or noticed an emotional freedom, release of fear and worry, stress reduction, some feel more confident and comfortable in day to day life, happier.
When we change the way we brathe our world changes. We can move beyond whatever is standing between us and our happiness and start more fulfilled, joyous and abundant life. We become more ‘authentic’.
How long does the session last?
A typical 1 to 1 session will last between 1.5 to 2 hours.
How to prepare for the session?
It is best is you wear loose and comfortable clothing. It is preferable not to eat for at least an hour before the session.
What happens during the session
You will be invited to lie down in a comfortable space and to start breathing. I will observe where the breath goes first, how much time is spent inhaling compared to exhaling, where it pauses or is blocked. I will also use other ‘tools’, including adjusting the position of the body, gentle hands-on pressure, sound, movement, positive affirmations. This will help the breath to flow into those restricted areas. You may feel number of sensations, like dry mouth, tingling, numbness, change in temperature, emotional release. Each breathing session is unique, so it’s best to come with an open mind and not to have a specific expectation. As feelings, thoughts, and physical sensations arise during breathing session, allow, breathe into those emotions to integrate them. Together we will work towards re-training your body to breathe naturally, with a fully connected diaphragmatic breath for physical and emotional well-being.
How may sessions are required?
A few sessions with a facilitator (usually 3-5) will enable you to use this technique for yourself as a lifelong tool.
The history of Transformational Breath®
Transformational Breath® was developed by Dr Judith Kravitz. She has incorporated her knowledge of conscious breathing techniques and various other forms of healing, including acupressure. Transformational Breath has been facilitated with hundreds of thousands of people over almost 4 decades in 42 countries and it is constantly growing.