Imagine if there was a way to turn off stress and reverse the damage it causes. Something you could take with you and use anywhere and anytime.

A tool to help you heal – body, mind, and spirit – and build a better life.

By restoring the connection between your body and mind, breathwork meditation can take you inward to address your struggles at the root. So you can live more fully, and break out of old, negative patterns. We know one of the best things we can do for our overall health is to reduce stress. But it can be tough to know where you should start.

And doing the things that can help you manage stress – exercise, diet, or other lifestyle changes – can feel out of reach.

This is especially true when you’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed. And why breathwork meditation is such a transformative tool – especially if you want a natural solution, one that’s faster than meditation alone, and helps you do the inner work for a better life.

The Benefits of Breathwork Meditation

Breathwork involves consciously using the diaphragm to breathe. When we’re anxious or stressed, we tend to breathe up into our shoulders and chest. But the deep belly breaths in breathwork help us to use our breath to self-regulate and interrupt that stress response.

By mimicking the deeper, slower breaths we take when we’re in a more relaxed state, we tell our nervous system that we’re safe. We can relax. The autonomic nervous system is what controls our stress response, and it’s also in charge of heart rate and blood pressure. Calming this involuntary nervous system has measurable effects on our body, reducing cortisol (stress hormone) and evening out the levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen in our blood.

Breathwork meditation has even been suggested as a better alternative to manage anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders because of how it can help us achieve homeostasis1. Controlling your breathing as though there isn’t any threat sends that message to your brain, and the rest of your body.

Healing on the mind and body level is especially helpful for those of us who deal with chronic stress, with a nervous system that’s constantly activated, and with a history of challenging experiences.

Breathwork Meditation is Useful in Dealing with Trauma

As we’ve seen, breathwork works on mental and physical levels to help us heal, but it’s powerful for healing on the emotional level too.

And we know trauma affects our minds, bodies, and emotions as well. We carry with us the imprint of trauma, and conscious breathing can help us process and release it. Breathwork meditation has been shown to work for PTSD2, and it can help with experiences we don’t remember, like with rebirthing breathwork for birth trauma. And most of us are never taught how to deal with traumatic experiences and process what happened to us. At least not in a healthy way. We receive messages from the culture and media instead that tell us isntead to self-medicate or dismiss the way we feel. We’ve become conditioned to pushing our emotions away or trying to hide them. The state of consciousness that breathwork meditation can unlock for you can give you a chance to identify unprocessed trauma that you’re likely not aware you’re holding on to.

Becoming aware of and dealing with the emotions around difficult experiences can release you from the patterns that you find yourself stuck in. By consciously working with our breath we can start to see what’s keeping us hypervigilant, constantly on the lookout for threats. Breathwork can help release us from the grip that trauma has on us and feel safe in our bodies again. One way many of us learned to protect ourselves – without knowing it – is by tensing up and holding our breath.

Breathwork Meditation Heals Your Body

Besides being part of the stress response, the tension in our bodies can also lead to physical discomfort and pain that makes it difficult to live the way we want. And holding your breath doesn’t help either. Using your diaphragm to breathe can improve circulation to the area to help reduce back pain. And the endorphins released through breathwork can help to manage or lessen pain in your body. And of course when you’re already feeling overwhelmed and under a lot of pressure, any kind of illness is the last thing you need.

Though often it’s your body’s way of telling you to slow down and take a much-needed break, you can use breathwork to take care of yourself before you get sick. We already know that breathwork lowers stress. And that lower stress means lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and less risk of heart disease. But breathwork meditation can improve your immune function too. Pranayama breathwork – you might be familiar with it if you’ve done yoga – has been shown to increase the number of immune cells in the blood3. These are the cells that protect our bodies from illness by acting as a defense against viruses, or stressed or abnormal cells.

You can reduce your stress on a cellular level, with your breath and awareness. Once you learn it, breathwork meditation is a tool that’s yours for life. You don’t have to pay to use it, and you don’t need a prescription. There are different techniques and approaches, so you can find the right type of breathwork that works for you. But you don’t have to figure it out on your own.

To find out about how you can get personal guidance and learn to use the power of breathwork meditation to transform your life, schedule your consultation today with one-on-one coaching.