CONSCIOUS CONNECTED BREATHING
What It Is & Why It Work… Conscious connected breathing is the process of directing the breath so that the inhale and the exhale are connected without any pauses. Conscious connected breathwork creates a complete circuit of energy in the body. It is directly opposite to the type of breathing that is used to suppress and inhibit our awareness of physical and/or emotional distress. When we go through traumatic and stressful events as children or adults it is a natural response to hold our breath. Most of us are not aware that this natural response instantly lessens and removes some of the immediate intensity of the trauma. Unfortunately, it is the equivalent of physically sealing the memories, beliefs, pain, or distress into the body at a cellular level. Mentally we suppress by withdrawing our awareness from the experience. Years later we are not even aware that the responses that once helped us survive are now negatively influencing our daily life. By using connected breathing we reconnect with our full natural breath and by doing so can reconnect to the old, suppressed feelings. By releasing these old feelings and releasing the false beliefs that came out of these experiences, we can be free to live more fully in the present.
When To Use… Your counselor may offer you or you may request the opportunity to add breathwork to your therapy experience. The technique can be used at different stages of emotional processing to facilitate a connection to a false belief, heal from a traumatic event, or release emotions that may otherwise be flying under your radar and influencing your present life.
The Method. The technique is done by breathing through your mouth. The inhale and the exhale are connected with no pause in-between. Imagine yourself breathing in an oval beginning at the pelvis and drawing the air up your back and into your throat. Then exhale without pause allowing the breath to roll out of your mouth and down the front of your body to the pelvis. Then begin another inhale without a pause. Think of rounding out the top and the bottom of the breath so that the action of the breathing is smooth and rhythmic. The breathing tempo should be full and slow with more air coming in than your normal resting state and the exhale should be completely relaxed.