Breathwork is a simple, slow breathing exercise used to improve mental, physical, and spiritual health. This unconventional, yet effective approach to treatment may seem out there to some, but offers benefits such as creating a new perspective and developing better thought patterns. Similar to Salt Water Therapy, breathwork therapy allows the client to slow down and calm their brain from the stimuli of everyday life.
When an individual is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, they are most likely struggling with a co-occurring mental health disorder. These mental health disorders usually include certain underlying issues that clients may not be aware of. When a client participates in breathwork, suppressed emotions are able to come to the surface. Emotions such as sadness, anxiety, grief, and shame are processed. Every person will have a different experience with breathwork, but most people will feel a reduced sense of anxiety and a more tangible connection to their bodies. They become mindful of issues that have prevented them from dealing with emotions in a healthy way.
What is Breathwork Therapy?
Breathwork is an active meditation that provides almost instant relief from anxiety by utilizing our own life force- breath. A breathing session helps people clear out any emotional and physical factors that keep them stuck in negative patterns, reliving the trauma, and engaging in unhealthy behaviors. Best of all, it requires no previous experience. Anyone can participate in breathwork exercises.
The process itself involves very simple techniques to activate the natural healing process. It takes place in a comfortable, relaxing setting and combines specific patterns of accelerated breathing. Unlike traditional talk therapies, breathwork is a non-verbal approach to deeper healing. The goal of breathwork therapy is to support individuals in achieving an improved sense of self-awareness and the ability to self-heal.
Breathwork Los Angeles
At 310 Recovery, our clients are able to participate in Breathwork Therapy once a week lead by Nathanial Dust.
According to Nathaniel, you should choose breathwork if:
- You love – NEED, even – instant gratification.
- You need to see results fast.
- You’re a skeptic and don’t believe in woo-woo spiritual nonsense.
- You suffer from depression, anxiety, or other mental illness.
- You carry unresolved trauma, grief, or hopelessness that you would like to heal.
- You engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as addiction, compulsive eating, or self-sabotage, and would like to stop.
- You feel stuck in life and aren’t moving forward with your dreams and passions.
- You can’t figure out why you’re still single, still stuck in the same old job, still not achieving your greatest potential. This includes consistently seeking emotionally unavailable partners, working at a job you hate, procrastinating finishing that book or screenplay, and withering inside of your comfort zone.
- You haven’t felt sustainable joy since you were a child.
- Things are fine, but you feel like something is missing.
- Existential crises like whoa.
- You’re trying to create a more fulfilling life.
- You’re ready.
One of our primary discussions revolves around shame and the cycles of recidivism due in part to the impact of stigma toward the person with a substance use disorder. We can recover, and a big part of that is telling stories of our success. Bringing the topic of recovery to the forefront of people’s minds and combating the criminalization and judgment around addiction sufferers. This is why we’re not anonymous.
Breathwork is commonly called an active meditation, but we assure you it does NOT require you to sit silently. Breathwork is where deep work gets done; we drudge up the deep stuff so it can no longer control our behavior unconsciously. It’s confronting. It can be uncomfortable. But the greatest changes come in the midst of the greatest challenges. It’s not about avoiding the water – it’s about learning to boldly navigate the waves.