Guided Active Breathing™
Methods of breathing have been practiced in the Far East for centuries, as a way to heighten the sense of awareness. Research is now showing how specific breathing methods can have a profound effect on behavior, emotional states, and internal physiology.
Breathwork is also showing promising results for those affected by emotional traumas and “stuck” behaviors, which prevent moving forward in some aspect of life. Think about this: Laughing changes the way you breathe, as does a quick gasp for air when you are frightened. When you cry, your pattern and rate of breathing changes.
Simply put, your emotions affect your breathing, and breathing affects your emotions.
At its core, Guided Active Breathing™ (GAB) is a guided process where a trained coach talks you through a process of controlled and relaxed guided breathing.
Guided Active Breathing™
It is a constructive and guided process of using your own breathing to tap into the underlying emotions that may be inhibiting or limiting your progress, growth, or breakthrough. The breath is also a powerful healing tool that can reset your body from a state of “fight or flight” into a state of feeling calm and grounded.
As a skilled and trained breath-work coach, I provide you with clear breathing instructions—which involve you directly—while helping you process hidden emotions or experiences with guiding talk and a soft touch. For some, the first breath-work session can feel like a great massage, or it can be calming and similar to a deep meditation.
Others might feel alive, relaxed, and peaceful. Some feel like a huge weight has been lifted. Each experience and session will be unique to where they are and what they need.
Changing how we feel on the inside affects how we experience life on the outside.
As the process continues, some will find themselves moving through things that have been there for a long time without improvement or resolution. In the beginning, more frequent sessions will lead to quicker and deeper outcomes. Each session builds upon the last.
Healing work is like peeling the layers of an onion; each layer can hold pain, anxiety, or fear.
Allowing yourself to breathe life into areas that have been locked will create an amazing openings for good things to come in.
I understand that this may sound too simplistic, but the proof is in the pudding. I have seen many people reclaim their lives.
As the process continues, you will find yourself getting over emotional obstacles that have been keeping you stuck for long periods of time.
Breath work can lead to a personal breakthrough.
As I work with my clients through the guided active breathing, I see how many times it creates the “ah ha” moments which allow people to change underlying behaviors that may have kept them stuck in limiting patterns.
Breathwork is a powerful method to help release emotional blocks.
Evidence behind Guided Breathing
Universite de Louvain Study
I’m not a research scientist; however, I’m excited by the evidence to support the power of breath. In one study, Dr. Pierre Philippot of the Universite de Louvain gathered data in a research study that showed how breathing can regulate and generate emotions, as well as the intensity of those emotions.
The study found specific breathing patterns were linked to one’s emotions and emotional states. The data showed that “fast and deep breathing was associated with excitement, such as anger, fear, and sometimes even joy. “Rapid shallow breathing was typical of tense anticipation, including concentration, fear, and panic.”
“Slow and deep breathing was most often observed in a relaxed, resting state. Finally, slow and shallow breathing was associated with states of withdrawal and passiveness, such as depression or calm happiness.”
To see how breathing patterns can affect emotions, the study participants were split into two groups. The first was asked to create certain emotions with specific breathing patterns while, at the same time, bringing up a memory that generated that emotion. People in that group recorded the breathing patterns that accompanied each emotion. They found each person had similar breathing patterns with specific emotions. The second group was instructed to use the breathing patterns of the first group.
By replicating those breathing patterns, the second group experienced the same corresponding emotions experienced by the first group. To summarize: Your emotional state can be controlled by your breathing.
Neuroscience is providing data to show there are safer, more effective methods to improve your emotional state without the need for addictive and harmful drugs, or time-consuming and often ineffective talk therapy.
Who can benefit from Guided Active Breathing™?
Perhaps you have gone to different counselors or therapists but are not satisfied with the results.
You may have tried some other form of therapy, again without the end result you were looking for.
If you are looking for a method that truly does work, you need Guided Active Breathing.
Ask Yourself These Questions:
Are you feeling stuck in some aspect of your life that you can’t get past?
Is there something about your behavior or life that you want to change?
Do you want better health but can’t seem to break unhealthful habits?
Are you trying to improve your self-image and self-esteem?
Some behaviors that can benefit:
Holly is my breathing coach. During the first breath-work session, I felt a huge amount of emotional relief. But what surprised me the most were the benefits after the session. I felt energized, and I had a very calming sleep. Holly’s guided breathing has given me more energy and clarity of mind. She has been a tremendous asset to my healthcare program.Shirley G.