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Breathwork in St. Petersburg, FL :-)

What Is Breathwork?

Within a Breathwork Session, our objective is to connect to the power of the breath through calming, balancing, and/or exciting the nervous system.

 

Let me guess... you've tried everything and nothing has seemed to be the ultimate cure? Well... let me tell you... Breathwork might just be your answer.

 

The breath is the one thing we have control over in our physical body, not our heart beat, not our digestive process - the breath. It is the one system in our body that is both automatic and under our control. The breath is a direct link to the nervous system and with the use of Breathwork we can do three things: calm the nervous system, balance the nervous system, or excite the nervous system - all which help to release and heal.

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What Can I Expect In My Session?

Within our Breathwork session we will begin with basic information on the breath - helping to inform you of what we will be diving into and registering your experience with Breathwork in the past.

 

From there we will jump into Breath Awareness, recognizing what your breath naturally does on its own. This helps us to understand what is going on within our Internal World and where needs the most attention.

 

From there, we will jump into simple warm-up breathing techniques and once acquainted with this, we will dive into our dominant breathing technique that we will work with during the major duration of the session. After we’ve finished up with this portion, we will dive into a debrief of what you were feeling and tuning into - a form of integrating your session.

 

Breathwork is powerful and truly transformative. It is the bridge between body and mind. Learn how to control your breath and you can control your mind, becoming a Master of Self.

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Breathwork is energy work and as you begin the breath pattern, your body may start to feel like it is coming ALIVE with energy. It’s also very common at some point during the session to feel like you are being pushed up against some resistance (stuck or stagnant energy) that might show up in the form of tightness, tensions , or emotional releases. My advice? Keep breathing, you want to get that energy moving. 

 

Here are some common feelings and reactions the body can experience throughout your session:

  • Temperature Fluctuations - it is normal for your body temperature to fluctuate from hot to cold as fear is being released from the body

  • Body Stiffening - The body can tighten and contract in places that commonly hold blockages - the mouth and lips, the hands and arms (tetany), the legs and feet, the hips.

  • Tingling - It is very common for the body to begin tingling either all over or in certain areas, depending on where energy is moving.

  • Movement - during the session your body may shake, vibrate, move around. Listen to your body!

  • Releases - you may feel the need to release energy through crying, laughing, screaming. All of this is a part of the energetic release.

  • Muscle tightness - energy can collect in the body and create a traffic jam. The area may become knotted, tight, or sore. This usually passes within a few minutes of returning to a relaxed breath.

  • Emotions - the process is about releasing the emotions that are on the surface. With the breathwork practice, we are getting under the fears and anxieties that are stuck so this may get uncomfortable. I encourage students to commit to the practice and soften the breath if things start to feel too uncomfortable.

You may experience some of these or you may experience none. Your experience will change from session to session and person to person. Know that all of these experiences are temporary and you can use your breath to move through them.

 

Again, the beautiful part about breathwork is if it ever becomes too uncomfortable, you can return to a relaxed breath, it doesn’t ‘ruin’ the session. 

 

I encourage my clients to let any resistance or reaction in the body during the session be an opportunity to speak to the body. Ask your heart what it is ready to release or let go of or offer it sweet words of reassurance as it moves the energy through the body. 

What Are The Benefits Of Breathwork?

Combining breathwork with meditation allows you to potentially reap the benefits of both techniques. People use breathwork meditation to improve their mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

According to research, breathwork may:

  • Boost mood

  • Decrease high blood pressure

  • Deepen relaxation

  • Help with symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

  • Improve alertness, focus, and memory

  • Increase heart rate variability (a metric associated with longevity, fitness, and mental health)

  • Promote creativity

  • Promote quality sleep

  • Soothe emotions associated with grief and trauma

  • Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression

  • Reduce symptoms of asthma

  • Reduce symptoms of stress

FAQ:

What results can I expect from continued practice with Breathwork?

Like a regular meditation practice, breathwork has been shown to have a profound effect on the body. Some of the known benefits include: 

  • Like meditation, breathwork can help increase parasympathetic tone (moving you from ‘fight or flight’ to ‘rest and digest’).

  • Active breathing practices, can help reduce stress, anxiety, grief, depression and anger.

  • It can increase energy levels and boost your body’s immune system.

  • It does wonders for increasing your self-awareness, presence, happiness, and access to joy.

  • It can increase our capacity for self-love by bringing us into our body and seeing our truth.

  • It can help improve sleep, releases trauma and fear stuck in the body.

  • It can help reduce pain, releases toxins from the body.

  • It can improve digestion.

  • It helps you explore altered states of consciousness, consciously!

Is Breathwork similar to a Meditation session?

Breathwork and meditation have very similar mindfulness benefits. I love breathwork because it is engaging and you feel the benefits after only one session. Breathwork changes the state of your body, helps you to manage stress and anxiety, and allows for immediate feelings of well-being.

 

What’s the science behind Breathwork?

Breathwork shuts down the thinking/ruminating mind so you can enter a state of calm and focus. It calms down the nervous system to shift us out of fight or flight mode into deep relaxation.

 

Breathing exercises are gaining credibility with elite universities, fortune 500 companies, and the top health researchers.

 

As you start the active/exciting breath (more intensive session), you begin to increase the level of oxygen in the body. You are oxygenating the blood, stimulating the hypothalamus gland, and releasing endorphins in the body. As the endorphins kick in, the brain is less and less in control though it will try to fight it for the first few minutes. Your body may start to feel electric like it is coming alive with energy. This may be all over, or local to one area. This is when the body begins to open up and energy and emotions can move freely through the body, even those emotions that have seemed stuck for lifetimes.

 

You are voluntarily stimulating the involuntary system and moving to a higher state of consciousness.

 

During sessions, clients feel their nervous system slowing down and gain a tangible sense of dropping into their bodies (often in the first few moments). They learn to discharge energy in a safe way, experience awakenings in their intuition, and clarity on their next steps.

 

Tips for beginners?

Sometimes it can feel like a challenge to complete a long breathwork session. But trust me - it's always worth it!

 

It is common for your body to undergo physiological changes while doing breathwork; body temperature fluctuation, numbness and tingling in your arms and legs, tightness in your hands. Do not worry, this will all return back to normal as your breath does.

 

My goal is that everyone can receive the full benefits from my style of practice, whether they have previous experience with breathwork or not.

 

What are your safety recommendations?

If you have any medical conditions or are currently taking medication, please consult your doctor prior to practicing Breathwork. It’s recommended that you consult with your healthcare provider (including any mental health provider) prior to practicing breathwork if you are unsure if breathwork is right for you. 

 

Breathwork can result in intense physical and emotional release. Therefore, it is not advised for persons with a history of cardiovascular disease, including angina or heart attack, high blood pressure, glaucoma, retinal detachment, osteoporosis, any significant recent physical injuries or surgeries, severe mental illness, diagnosis of schizophrenia, seizure disorders or are using major medications, blood thinning medicine.

 

Breathwork is not advised for persons with severe mental illness or seizure disorders or for persons using major medications. It is also unsuitable for anyone with a personal or family history of aneurysms. Pregnant women are advised against practicing Breathwork without first consulting and getting approval from their primary care physician. Persons with asthma should bring their inhaler and consult with their primary care physician and the Breathwork facilitator before their first session.

 

Never perform breathwork while driving or in water. Breathwork has the potential to bring about intense feelings. Because of the strong physical and emotional releases that may arise, it’s not recommended for everyone. Please talk to your doctor before practicing.

 

Some types of breathwork can induce hyperventilation, which can bring on dizziness, chest pain, and pounding heartbeat.

 

It is common for your body to undergo physiological changes while doing breathwork; body temperature fluctuation, numbness and tingling in your arms and legs, tightness in your hands. Do not worry, this will all return back to normal as your breath does.

 

What are the different types of Breathwork?

There are three main categories that Breathwork falls under: calming, balancing, and exciting the nervous system. There are many different forms of Breathwork that follow under each of these categories - we will dive into which best suits your intention for each session.

Meditation

Luis P., Miami

Breathwork with Maddie Meditates was absolutely undeniably incredible. 

She really knows how to immerse you in an experience and she knows what she's talking about.

She leads you through different variations of Breathwork and helps you find the breath patterns that best suits you. I learned so much by being able to connect to my breath in a way I've never experienced before. 

Mustard Flowers

Holly Y., St. Pete

I always heard a ton of great things about breathwork practices, but I wanted to try it out for myself. 

Maddie is the real deal when it comes to this stuff! 

I had such an incredible and profound experience with her. 

I now know the power of my breath and connecting to my body.

Meditation

Jenna S., St. Pete

Breathwork with Maddie was too cool! She really knows what she's talking about and slowly eases you into the practice.

I came out of the session feeling lighter and more level-headed and calm. What a relief! 

Meditation

John G., Tampa

I practiced breathwork before on my own for the past few years, but getting to experience it with a certified Breathwork Teacher and Facilitator was a different experience. 

It just feels more real. 

Maddie lead me through the step-by-step embodiment process of tuning into my body and listening to what my breath needed.

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