Breathwork offers many benefits that make it an excellent tool for those recovering from addiction. Studies on breathwork practices have shown it provides a wide range of mental health benefits, including the ability to lower stress levels, decrease anxiety, help alleviate symptoms of depression, lower blood pressure, and help with insomnia.
The following are some of the benefits it can provide to those struggling with addiction:
It Helps you Feel Better
The specific breathing techniques used in our breathwork for addiction program create feelings of euphoria that create an immediate mood lift during and after the practice. The breathwork for addiction technique floods the body with oxygen, reduces CO2 levels, and changes the body’s PH. These physiological changes produce a sort of natural “high” that leaves the practitioner in a state of deep relaxation with a feeling of mental and physical well-being. Studies have shown that breathing practices provide a drug-free alternative for lowering depression.
Balance the Nervous System
Breathwork has been shown to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, the part of our nervous system associated with “rest and digest feelings of calm and relaxation. Studies show that breathing practices lower cortisol levels, a stress hormone that is released when our mind signals the body of duress. Developing a breathwork practice offers an effective tool for lower stress levels when needed. Also, it serves to increase or stress tolerance making us more resilient and better able to handle the challenges faced in recovery.
It Helps Release Negative Emotions
Breathwork sessions offer deep healing by allowing for the release of deep seeded emotional conflict. The effects of breathwork can be felt the first time it is practiced and can often help with the release of pent up emotions that have been stored for years. Breathwork provides an excellent tool for helping to heal the effects of trauma and offers an emotional purification process that anyone can benefit from, especially those recovering from addiction.