Thich Nhat Hanh
Breathwork is a popular topic in the world of wellbeing at the moment!
Conscious Connected Breathwork (CCB), is a specific type of Breathwork which activates your sympathetic nervous system. It allows your breath to meet the presence of tension and stuck emotions held in the body and nervous system, from past experiences and traumas.
Many of our triggers/stressors/repeating patterns in life, have these trapped emotions at their core. This practice supports you to switch off your thinking/doing brain and move into the presence of your body, with the energy created by the breath allowing emotions to come to the surface, so that they can be fully felt and integrated.
Benefits of this practice can include increased nervous system resilience to potential stressors, the release of held stress/trauma/tension, as well as a deeper connection to yourself, others, and the peace that comes with being in presence.
Conscious Connected Breathwork is a circular breath through an open mouth. The inhale is active and the exhale is passive, and every inhale is connected to every exhale.
Often it can feel strange to breath through the mouth, especially given that there is much evidence about the benefits of nose breathing to help with dysfunctional breathing. It is important to note that the aim of this type of breathwork is not to improve functionality of the breath - it is used for a short period of time to support deeper emotional presence and release, within the body.
The session includes time to practice the breathing technique we will be using, understand what you may experience as a result of this type of breathing and how you will be supported through this process.
The breathwork itself normally lasts 30-45 minutes and will be accompanied by music to support the journey.
At the end of the session, there is space for grounding, sharing of experience, and aftercare advice is provided.
If you are interested in improving the function of your breath to support and transform your wellbeing, contact Viv at The Breath Nest (Instagram @thebreath_nest) to find out more.
There are many well-researched benefits to improving the function of your day-to-day breathing. These include:
- Alleviates depression
- Alleviates anxiety
- Increases creativity
- Calms the mind
- Helps regulate the nervous system
- Improves focus
- Stronger immune system
- Releases toxins
- Increase energy
- Increases oxygenated blood flow to the brain and other organs
- Improves endurance performance and muscle recovery