It’s an incredible marriage. It’s a combination that infuses my practice.
You may have experienced bodywork on a massage table, but have you been stretched and compressed and released like a Thai bodywork practice can do for you? To be held and moved, and to surrender to the movement? Your body has the wisdom to heal. As your practitioner, I simply hold space for it.
The vehicle of your healing is the breath.
The combination of bodywork and breathwork is just, Wowwweeee 😍
Breath is an immeasurable and priceless medicine that our bodies have at all times, and it can bring harmony, integration, and self-actualization.
Breath has the miraculous ability to align body, heart, mind, and spirit.
It bridges the infinite and the finite.
It brings awareness to places within you that had been asleep.
Breath is the singular unifying language of the human species.
When we intentionally breathe, slowly and deeply, for any period of time, five minutes to two hours or more, there are some pretty radical effects:
Balance is brought to the autonomic nervous system by increasing parasympathetic activation (rest and relax)
Vagal activation is enhanced, which lowers stress and cortisol levels
Cardiovascular function improves
Antioxidant and melatonin levels are increased
Heart rate variability is positively impacted
Tissues are oxygenated, which has been shown to prevent much of illness and diseases
The polyvagal response is stimulated, which induces relaxation, accelerates healing, brings clarity of mind, reduces anxiety, opens you to more attunement and empathy and compassion for self and others, cultivates relational resonance, brings forth meditative states, and heightens creativity.
And that's only just some benefits. Don't believe it? Check out the sources I list below.
As your bodywork practitioner I can only encourage you to breathe deeply. I can give you the tools, but it's up to you to do the work.
There are only two tasks for the receivers on my mat: 1) surrender the body, 2) breathe deeply.
You'll hear me breathing fully throughout the entire session, and it may even remind you to breathe more fully in moments when you had forgotten. Some call Thai Bodywork a synchronized dance of the breath between giver and receiver, and I really take that to heart. As I said, bodywork and breathwork are a beautiful marriage. In the sessions you'll have with me, you'll perhaps find you can access parts of yourself that have remained untouched in your mental and emotional world, that areas of your body suddenly open up, and that you feel a full-body clearing. This isn't just the bodywork aiding you - it's your willingness to really breathe and be present to the moment, accepting it as it is.
So, who's ready to breathe with me?
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Wehwein, E. A., Johnson, C. P., Charkoudian, N., Wallin, B. G., & Joyner, M. J. (2012). A Single, Acute Bout of Yogic Breathing Reduces Arterial Catecholamines and Cortisol. The FASEB Journal 26(1_supplement), 893.16-893.16.
Tellers, S. & Desiraju, T. (1991). Oxygen Consumption During Pranayamic Type of Very Slow-Rate Breathing. The Indian Journal of Medical Research, 94, 357-363.
Sharma, H., Sen, S., Singh, A., Bhardwaj, N. K., Kochupillai, V., & Singh, N. (2003). Sudarshan Kriya Practitioners Exhibit Better Antioxidant Status and Lower Blood Lactate Levels. Biological Psychology, 63(3), 281-291.
Song, H., & Lehrer, P. (2003). The Effects of Specific Respiratory Rates on Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 28(1), 13-23.
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Pal, G. K., Velkumary, S., & Madanmohan. (2004). Effect of Short-Term Practice of Breathing Exercises on Autonomic Functions in Normal Human Volunteers. The Indian Journal of Medical Research.
Brown, R. P., & Gerbarg, P. L. (2005). Sudarshan Kriya Yogic Breathing in the Treatment of Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: Part II - Clinical Applications and Guidelines. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 11(4), 711-717.