WHAT IS OXYGEN ADVANTAGE BREATHWORK?
The main principles of my breathwork sessions with you will focus on breathing light, breathing slow and breathing low. We will create a very mild air hunger (desire to breath deeper) which stems from the increase in CO2 in the system. The increased CO2 dilates bloodstreams to allow for better blood flow to the brain, is the catalyst for more O2 to be released from the bloodstream into tissues and organs and activates the Parasympathic Nervous System which has a calming effect.
WHY DO YOU FEEL MORE ENERGETIC AFTER BREATHWORK?
By practising rhythmic breathing techniques and controlled breathwork methods, you increase your oxygen levels and lower CO2 levels for a short time, thus enhancing focus and giving ourselves a jolt of energy that even your favourite espresso couldn’t match. Essentially, what you will be doing is allowing your mind into feeling a controlled level of stress that will increase focus as you prepare for a quick reaction.
BREATH & THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Breathwork techniques take advantage of the link between your breath and your autonomic nervous system. This bodily system is split into the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, which work primarily in opposition to each other. While the sympathetic system can be linked to our fight or flight reaction, kicking in when the mind senses a threat, the parasympathetic system is our ‘rest and digest’ state, responsible for controlling involuntary actions in our body, like digestion and healing.
WHAT WILL I FEEL DURING BREATHWORK?
You will be lying down with your eyes closed and can take the breathing at a pace that feels comfortable for you. It is common to feel a warming sensation through your body aswell as tingling in your hands and feet. A mild dizziness, similar to when you stand up too fast may also be felt as we change the balance of 02 & C02. You are encouraged to normalise breathing at any signs of discomfort.
WHO SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS OF DOING BREATHWORK?
Anyone with breathing issues or severe heart issues – including cardiac arrhythmia, slow heart rate, high blood pressure, angina or chest pain, a recent heart attack, heart disease, or any other heart condition. Medical information provided in the new client questionnaire allows me to adjust the type of breathwork between energising/balancing or calming to ensure your enjoyment and safety.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BREATHWORK & MEDITATION
Meditation is about increasing your awareness of how you operate and the present moment. It asks you to observe your breath without manipulating it, whereas breathwork is a form of active meditation which uses breathing practices to try and alter your mood or mindstate.