Introduction To Holotropic Breathwork

Holotropic Breathwork is an alternative way for patients to enter a physical, emotional, and spiritual transcendent state with music and breathing. Learn about its history as well as who should use it and how it works.

Holotropic Breathwork is a technique that involves the use of controlled breathing and evocative music to create a mystical experience in the patient.Through the process, patients can transcend the body to enter into a non-ordinary state of consciousness where they can heal physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually.

The History of Holotropic Breathwork:

Psychedelic therapist, Stanislav Grof and his wife, Christina developed Holotropic Breathwork in the 1970's.Dr. Grof originally experimented with psychedelic drugs, including LSD, and noted the mystical state that patients seemed to enter upon taking them.After noting the risks of psychedelic drugs, Dr. Grof worked to develop a natural way to produce a similar reaction in patients.In 1976, Dr. Grof created Holotropic Breathwork, a way for patients to enter non-ordinary states of consciousness simply by controlling their breathing.In 1987, Grof founded Grof Transpersonal Training, a program that trains practitioners and enables them to become certified.

What Takes Place During a Holotropic Breathing Session:

-The patient attends a group session and discusses with the group important key issues in his or her life.

-Each person in the group pairs up with a partner and takes turns as both a patient and a sitter.The sitter supplies emotional support during the breathing session, along with tissues, pillows, blankets, etc.

- The breathwork facilitator leads each patient in a breathing exercise where the patient attempts to focus his or her energy.

- As the patient's breathing becomes faster and more intense, the facilitator begins to play music.The session lasts for approximately two hours while the sitter closely watches the patient for signs of pain, tension, or discomfort.

- After the session, the facilitator asks the patient to draw a mandala, which is a physical representation of the experience.

- The group gathers together and the breathers discuss their experiences in a calm and supportive environment.

- After this point, the patient and sitter switch places, and the breathing process begins again.

The Benefits of Holotropic Breathwork:

Participants in Holotropic Breathwork sessions claim to receive a variety of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits from the sessions.These benefits include:the relief of depression, the dissipation of the symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, the disappearance of physical and emotional pains, an improvement in relationships with other people, and an increase in self-esteem.

Who Can Benefit:

- Those seeking to relieve themselves of physical or emotional pain.

- People who are seeking to explore their spirituality or improve self-awareness.

- People who wish to expand their minds creatively or intuitively.

- Those seeking to recall suppressed memories or to remember events from a past life.

- People who want to become more attuned to both the seen and unseen facets of life.

Where Do Holotropic Breathing Sessions Take Place:

Since forming Grof Transpersonal Training, Dr. Grof has opened several retreat centers all over the world, including one near Taos, New Mexico and another in Joshua Tree, California.Training for practitioners who are seeking certification currently takes place in several countries, including the United States, Denmark, Australia, Mexico, and Spain.Group and individual sessions with private certified facilitators take place all over the world, including numerous locations throughout the United States.

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