Breathwork is a dynamic body-mind practice using conscious connected breathing techniques for inner peace, enhanced well-being and personal transformation. Breathing, beyond the basic need for survival, acts as a bridge between spirit, mind, and body; between the conscious and the subconscious. “Conscious Breathing” is one of the quickest ways to open the heart and energize the body. When used in specific ways, breathing allows us to release and resolve emotions, belief systems, stresses and memories which are often inaccessible through the more conventional talking therapies.
Breathwork is the art and science of using breath awareness and breathing exercises for health, growth, and change in body, mind, and spirit.
Gabrielle offers one-on-one sessions of breathwork at her clinic as well as breathwork circles in various locations in Vancouver.
One-on-one sessions allow for a more focused time on your intention for healing. Each session will begin with a check-in and clear intention setting to help guide your healing journey. There is also some hands-on guidance and work done during the session. It is possible to book a long session which can include acupuncture/ bodywork before the breathwork.
- Breathwork Sessions for adults are 1hr, 15 minutes
- Breathwork for children 8yrs – 13 are 20-30 minutes
- Breathwork for teens 14 – 18 are 45 minutes.
Combined sessions with acupuncture/ bodywork first are 1.5 to 2 hours. An incredible way to deeply heal, relax and realign!
Breathwork community circles are around 2 hours in length. When done in a group, the collective energy can boost your experience and allow a deep journey into healing and shifting into healthier, clearer patterns of functioning in your life.
Approximate times for the evening are:
- 20 minutes check in
- 1.25 hours breathing
- 30 minutes closing
All breathwork sessions are accompanied by a healing musical soundscape, words of encouragement and guidance to meet your needs.
With Gabrielle’s extensive background in bodywork therapies, hands on adjustments and guiding the body to release blockages is done at various times.
What can conscious connected breathing do to better your health?
1. Reduce Anxiety: Most of us are in constant, low-grade stress and we tend to breathe shallow and quickly. Deep and conscious breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which kicks off the natural relaxation response. This is the exact opposite of a stress response. Breathe slower, deeper, and more consciously to reduce anxiety.
2. Increase Clarity and Focus: Slow, conscious breathing fully oxygenates the brain. Try three slow, deep, conscious breaths the next time you are about to make a big decision. Feel the clarity. Notice your ability to focus more intentionally on the subject at hand.
3. Elevate Mood: Ancient Shamanistic and Pranayama teachers in India reached altered states of consciousness through breathwork. Through a practice of noticing and, thus, controlling your breathing, you can create a consistent elevated mood with deep, slow, and conscious breaths throughout your day.
4. Increase the health of your cells: Fresh oxygen
5. Allow Your Skin to Breathe: The skin is in! Deep, slow, conscious breaths stimulate blood flow to the skin for a more radiant and natural glow.
6. Promote Digestion: A relaxed body supports proper organ function. We need healthy organ function to support our body’s unmanaged and systematic activities including digestion, elimination, and absorption.
7. Eliminate Oxidative Stress: Deliberate breathing delivers more oxygen to your tissues. This increases the amount of oxygen in the body’s tissues and reduces the risk of hundreds of diseases.
8. Reduce Cravings: Deep, conscious breathing can avert the need for an outside substance. Next time you reach for something you crave, take three conscious breaths and ask yourself if you really want the side effects from it. Feel the empowerment within yourself.
9. Lower Blood Pressure: Long, slow, deep breaths fully oxygenate the heart muscle. This reduces heart rate and blood pressure.
10. Sleep Sweetly: Deep, conscious breathing is known to stimulate the pineal gland, which is associated with sleep patterns. You may also notice more lucid dreaming.
The breath is your own vibrational medicine. The key to activate the body’s innate intelligence is to be present for a short period of time by placing your attention on the rhythm of your breathing to receive, relax and allow change to happen. The more consistently we practice, the more presence and aliveness we enjoy throughout our daily lives.
Our breathing is a reflection of our relationship with life which is mostly limited and un-conscious. Conscious awareness of our breathing can be one of the great keys to self-healing, personal growth, and better relationships with self and others.