BreathWork: one tool, five benefits.

This superb, informative article by Milena Screm, director of Insight school – Milan Italy, appeared on Gunnel Minett’s website in November 2020 : https://breathwork-science.org   

Hosted and managed by Gunnel Minett, she is a psychologist and author of books on Breathwork and Health/Wellbeing with over 35 years experience of Breathwork. She has mentored and supported my work since the early 90’s.

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BreathWork: one tool, five benefits.

by Milena Screm, Counselor Supervisor Trainer, director of Insight school – Milan Italy

Inhale deeply, then exhale slowly …

With this simple action you have made contact with a thousand-year-old practice, conscious breathing,  known as BreathWork in western countries.

Although we all breathe continuously since the day we were born, most of the time we do not even realize it, it happens automatically. Involuntary breathing is important to keep us alive, distracted as we are by a thousand stimuli, we may forget about it. However, survival is different than well-being. Well-being needs a conscious and intentional practice of breathing. Yoga and meditation, with their millenary knowledge, educate to this attention making many people familiar with their breath. In recent decades, also scientific research is validating the powerful benefits to mind and body that can be obtained by breathing with intention and presence.

According to Google, searches with the keyword “breath” have increased sixfold in the last five years. Many yoga and meditation teachers report an increase in client requests for breathing techniques in the last three years. The widespread use of mindfulness also encourages the diffusion of a breath culture, made up of simple, portable, versatile and effective practices. Whatever the person’s motivation, from well-being to awareness to increased vitality, breathing practices are a valuable resource and help.

It is also interesting to note that the diffusion of these approaches is no longer limited, as in the past, to circles of people sensitive to Eastern philosophies or introspection; a growing interest in breath is now evident and widespread even in the corporate world, where, more and more, the attitude of considering professionals first of all people is developing.

When companies take into account the needs and provide experiences and tools that foster the well-being of individuals, they have a return result in terms of improving performance at work.

Ongoing scientific research has clearly defined the impact that something as simple and accessible as conscious breathing can have on health and well-being; here are some of them.

1. Provides quick stress relief

Conscious breathing is one of the fastest and most effective practices for preventing and managing the tensions/stress of everyday life. A 2017 study, published in “Frontiers in Psychology”, showed that people who had completed a series of twenty sessions of conscious breathing, each lasting forty-five minutes, in eight weeks, had significantly lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, than those who did not. Cortisol is responsible for the body reaction to stress, at first to counteract it, but if the tensions remain, entering into a paradoxical effect that aggravates the pre-existing situation; high levels of cortisol can cause chronic inflammation and alter the functioning of the thyroid and pituitary gland.

These are the results of one of my business projects for stress management, carried out in Milan, a course of two full days, plus two hours every two weeks for three months; the data were collected three months after the end of the course:

– 44% of participants said they had achieved significant results just by practicing conscious breathing;

– 45% of the participants declared to have obtained significant results with the practice of mindfulness, which also includes conscious breathing;

– 11% of the participants declared to have obtained significant results by paying more attention to the body and trying to manage perceived physical tension with some body relaxation.

2. Breathing more slowly and deeply affects blood pressure.

A 2001 American scientific study showed that practicing conscious breathing for ten minutes a day, preferably with background music, is an effective way to reduce blood pressure without medication. Based on these findings, another study, conducted in 2015, found that patients with hypertension had a sharp drop in blood pressure after slow, deep breathing ten minutes a day for three months. People who underwent this research also followed a controlled diet and a program of physical activity.

3. It can improve the mood.

Twelve weeks of conscious breathing, for ten minutes a day, promote mood improvement. The scientific research that is still underway on this subject, indicates that an element that comes into play is the acid-basic balance of the blood. A constantly shallow breathing, in addition to reducing the supply of oxygen circulating in the blood, promotes the development of a greater tendency to the acidic component of the blood, compared to the basic one. Obviously, also the diet and a sedentary lifestyle have considerable weight in this aspect of organic chemistry. When the acid percentage of the blood is constantly higher than the salty one, there are cascading effects on organs and apparatuses: for example the body is more prone to inflammation; moreover the amygdala, a part of the brain that detects fear and triggers the fight/flight response, becomes more susceptible to stimuli, causing a tendency towards a state of tension and alert, which affects the mood.

4. Promotes greater attention and mental clarity

People who practice yoga and are trained to focus on breathing, notice an increased ability to stay alert and mentally focused. In fact, consciously regulated and rhythmic breathing can balance the amount of noradrenaline produced by the brain; this is a natural chemical messenger that affects attention and some emotions.

5. It can help in pain management.

In hospital, chronic and terminal pain is managed by administering opioid drugs; but beside serious illness and death, there are many other situations in life in which people are confronted with physical and emotional pain management. Conscious breathing has potential in this area as well.

Already in the forties and fifties, a lot of research was conducted in Russia over the possibility of managing pain, in particular childbirth pain, through conscious breathing techniques; in 1953, the obstetrician F.Lamaze introduced these Russian techniques in France and perfected them. Scientific research on pain management began in the 1970s, especially in the United States, through the approach now called mindfulness, whose practice also includes conscious breathing. Several studies have found that slow and deep breathing, accompanied by muscle relaxation and mental presence and acceptance, can reduce the perception of chronic pain and help patients cope with physical discomfort.

The potentials of conscious breathing/breathwork are many, they affect physical and physiological aspects that influence health; they have a role in managing emotions and moods; they can be effective tools of mental awareness. They are not “magic wands” that make difficulties disappear, but rather portable tools, always available, simple and effective, natural and precious resources.

Keywords; breathing, stress relief, pain management, blood pressure control, mental clarity

© Milena Screm 2020
About the author:
http://www.insightformazione.it/chi-siamo/docenti-counselor-interni/milena-screm    

Supervisor Counselor & BreathWorker
Founder and president INSIGHT School of BreathWork Counseling – Milan (Italy)

Author of fourteen books in psychology, published in Italy, France and Spain, among which we denote:  “BreathWork”  (1998), “Autogenic Training” (1989,2012), “Rebirthing & Water” (1994), “The history of Rebirthing” ( 1992 ), “Rebirthing, breathe for renewal”, the first book published in Italy on rebirthing (1989, 1993, 2011)www.insightformazione.it 

Experienced Accredited Coaching & Breathwork still operating despite COVID

EXPERIENCED DIRECTION is what peeps want now in COACHING for these difficult times. I came out queer in 1967. After years of active addictions, I had my last drink, drug and puff of nicotine on October 25 1982 and remain 38 years clean & sober in 2020.

I’ve lived through Thatcher, AIDS losses, homelessness, survived bankruptcy in 1984, and started my practice in 1991 after a 3 year Loving Relationship Training ( LRT ) training in Somatic Breathwork and Relationship Coaching and have led Codependency & Addiction Seminars on all 5 continents. 

As I had COVID in March 2020, I’m highly unlikely to pass it on, plus 3 negative tests spread through summer. We can discuss various safe options. Wear masks, one wear mask, always 2 metres apart etc. It’s an adult decision for you and me to make. 

I do not support One hour ONLINE Breathwork, as physical support is vital, but 121 Breathwork is available with me F2F, in London Euston / Kings Cross area under current Government COVID guidelines.

All Groupwork is lockdown suspended.

At 73 I’m still working and in demand for all ages, genders and sexualities but especially those over 45 stuck like toffee.

 This no filter pic was my last social lunch before November Lockdown 2020 and can’t wait to get back to a full social life. In the late 70’s Rebirthing Breathwork was often referred to as technique for YOUTHING.

I appear to have passed the test.

ZOOM/SKYPE ONLINE COACHING available.

National restrictions from 5 November

Applies to: England (see guidance for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)

COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection. That is why, from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, you must:

  1. Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Close certain businesses and venues.

UK Government Guidelines : Due to rising mental health issues, people in drug and alcohol recovery, people caring for those with long-term or terminal illnesses, or who are vulnerable, people facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, those who have suffered bereavement, and vulnerable young people, ARE EXEMPT from restrictions under specific purpose.

Contact me David Parker for more detailed information 

https://rebirthyourlife.me/contact/

Recovery. 38 years clean.

38 years ago on October 26 1982, I woke to the reality of a relapse weekend. I was one of 10 on the first ‘Human Interferon Drug Trial’ in the UK to cure incurable chronic active Hepatitis B virus. The other 20 on the trial were on another drug on low hopes or a placebo. We drew straws to find which we would be on. I had been 14 months sober in a 12 Step Programme for alcoholism ( as I had cirrhosis of the liver I attended – but ironically not caused by alcohol abuse ) but not clean of recreational drugs and on that last weekend of that arduous, unforgiving, 3 month intense trial I relapsed on alcohol, recreational drugs  and resentment.

 

Acting out my unknown sabotage pattern.

They pumped me and 9 others with the maximum dose my body could stand for 3 months every other day. A nightmare. It didn’t work, cirrhosis continued and the other 9 died within 18 months. I didn’t and left standing but monitored for 14 years as the liver worsened. The good news is after a past life breakthrough I released the virus and cirrhosis myself using Conscious Connected Breathwork in 1996. NEVER GIVE UP.

Fuelled with shame, anger, yet relief that I had accepted finally I was an addict, I never went to rehab, and with the unbridled support, love, experience, strength and hope within another 12 Step Programme centring on addiction – I am still clean today without a relapse. NEVER GIVE UP.

 

I didn’t t hold a 5 year plan, I didn’t aim for 38 years, just the next 24 hours clean of alcohol, narcotics and other unprescribed prescription drugs. I had a valium habit for 17 years using 3 doctors that never knew about the other two. You couldn’t buy them off the internet in those days. I trembled, shook and barely slept well for 5 weeks in withdrawal but I made it. NEVER GIVE UP. Very important to seek medical advice on giving up or cutting down though.

Reach out. This year and next will bring untold issues and pressure’s in our lives, do check out many facilities for mental health and addictions recovery, 12 steps is just one, many other options are available. I offer recovery coaching for alcohol & drug issues I call ‘purposeful using’ part of a harm reduction process. Throw shame and pride to the wall, ask for help and NEVER GIVE UP asking for it. Sometimes it’s just about timing or talking about the problem to someone who has been there and come out the other side.

Mad March London Breathwork Groups

To be as “mad as a March hare” is an English idiomatic phrase derived from the observed antics, said to occur only in the March breeding season of the European  hare, Lepus europaeus. The phrase is an allusion that can be used to refer to any other animal or HUMAN WHO BEHAVES in the EXCITABLE and UNPREDICTABLE manner of a “March hare”. – WIKI

Unbalanced thinking and spontaneous acting out habits can lead to chaos living, bonkers behaviours and stress. Even without focusing on the Coronavirus.

So REGULAR Self-Care UPDATES is where URBAN LIFECLASS BREATHWORK comes into play. Sharing stuff in a small tutorial group ONCE A MONTH before a RELAXING experiential Breathwork Group session balances the mind, brings you back into your body and is often described as “meditation for those who can’t meditate”. All in all it balances out the pressure we put upon ourselves and the controls we allow placed upon us.

TUESDAY MARCH 10, THURSDAY MARCH 12 : 7- 9.30 pm £30 Euston Venue

SATURDAY MARCH 14 12 noon – 4pm £50 Euston Venue 

Spontaneity is good and refreshing, so is risk-taking, but in the right place, right time. Maybe the time is NOW to consider regular MONTHLY Self-Care for the price of an evening out.  From £30 – 50 a month. 

CLICK link below for APRIL and MAY dates ( which are already half full so be quick to book ) and MORE INFO on Groupwork. 

https://rebirthyourlife.me/2020/01/22/boss-into-2020-with-a-coaching-breathwork-group-in-central-london-extra-monthly-thursday-group-added-in-february-as-well-as-monthly-tuesday-and-saturday/

February could be the month you actually do it.

Change your stance, patterns and face procrastination.

Any Personal Development Programme like Coaching, Bodywork or weekly conventional 50 min Psychotherapy, costs time and money, and in these trying austere BREXIT times, time and money can be high on scarcity and low on action. Getting through the month in London is a miracle in itself for many. 

Not everyone can afford £240 a month for weekly visits to a therapist, so a new wellness vehicle is ready to ride here if you keep reading, combining COACHING & emotional releasing SOMATIC BREATHWORK from £150 a month. That’s one individual two hour Coaching Session, ( with or without Breathwork once a month), and one monthly 2.5 hour group evening session, both close to Euston Zone 1 station. So you get to work on yourself twice a month, with no charge support in-between.

Work out what you spend £150 on per month getting nowhere fast. You will be surprised how it adds up. Pubs, Clubs, dining out, taxis, retail and common outlets, booze and chems. They are not always friendly companions.

A FREE 2 hour Intro Session with David is always available. There are no signups, or obligation to continue anything after, but it gives you a chance to try breathwork or detail the issues that require attention. If you do consider MAKING CHANGES here are your options for CHANGE.

You can pick & mix where you start, do 121 or groupwork separately, both together or the MONTHLY Saturday 4 hour Group is a good entrance point.

Here are FEBRUARY GROUPWORK dates :  

MAX 5 participants in group for individual attention :

TUESDAY EVENING February 11 : 7 – 9.30 pm £30  . . . NOW FULL! 

THURSDAY EVENING February 13th : 7 – 9.30 pm £30  . . . Spaces

SATURDAY AFTERNOON February 15 : 12 noon – 4pm £50 . . . Spaces

( Each group contains a 1 hour Somatic Breathwork Experience )

   

Payment : Cash, PAYPAL or Bank Transfer. It’s your choice.

Further info, on the £150 per month deal, details and questions answered can be found here :

https://rebirthyourlife.me/contact/ 

“I CANNOT recommend David Parker and his sessions more. I attend a monthly group and I get SO much – support, love, release and awareness and friendship. David is an amazing coach and just a wonderful person. Seek out his story and you will be astonished and humbled.” – Wendy, Berkshire

Boss into 2020 with a Coaching & Breathwork Group in Central London. *Extra Monthly Thursday Group added in FEBRUARY as well as Monthly Tuesday and Saturday.

It’s going to be a tough year ahead so get prepared for its impact.

On January 31st we leave the EU, and although BREXIT is the name of the game, no BIG BEN BONGS will take away austerity and the uncertainty of 3 years of political shenanigans just passed.

We are leaving with a new right-wing majority government in place, expert predicted low economic growth, job losses, affected industries and aborted currency exchange issues for trade and travel.

It will also be the right time for everyone to view, check-in with, wake up to and deal with personal debt. Work out what you spend on the usual escape routes, booze, drugs, food, retail and secure £30 – £50 per month to enter a Personal Development Process to turn a corner in small tutorial groups once a month.

Each group focusses on a discussion period, covering codependency, compulsive patterns, work relationships, adopting healthy communications and addressing next moves into wellness.

Followed by a 1 hour Conscious Connected Breathwork Session laying flat on the floor fully clothed, on a supplied yoga mat for comfort, taking you into a space of body meditation and an altered state of consciousness, getting you HIGH naturally, shifting energy blocks and negative thoughts. Reading blogs and pages on this site will fill you in.

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THREE Breathwork Groups are available each month to choose from / Venue : Euston or Mornington Crescent tubes

NEW BREATHERS & REGULAR BREATHERS:

Each Saturday Group 12 noon – 4pm gives those who travel from afar a chance to attend. This group involves a Group Discussion before a I hour GROUP BREATHE.  Perfect for those new and interested or curious about benefits of Breathwork, Relationship and Codependency Recovery plus those already practiced over 5 sessions in group or 121.

Fee £50.  5 participants max for individual personal attention.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15th, MARCH 14th, APRIL 18th & MAY 9th

The MONTHLY EVENING BREATHES are from 7.00 – 9.30 pm, giving time to get home in in a reasonable time. This 2.5 hour group will include a discussion period before Breathing. Perfect for those who need a TOP-UP BREATHE once a month. After introductions the 1 hour Breathwork session will start @ 8pm and finish one hour later, leaving 30 mins to share, eat fruit and leave for home.

Fee £30.  5 participants max for individual personal attention

TUESDAY EVENINGS : FEBRUARY 11th, MARCH 10th, APRIL 14th, MAY 12th

THURSDAY EVENINGS : FEBRUARY 13th, MARCH 12th, APRIL 16th, MAY 14th

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Contact us on urbanlifeclass@gmail.com or call David on 07483 287470 to secure your place on this session. 

Paypal, Cash on the day or Bank transfer

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As standard with a small group, if you have confirmed attendance and you cannot attend for any reason PAYMENT must be paid, if you or we cannot fill the place.

 

Tales of the Unexpected

Tales of the Unexpected was a UK 1970’s telly series that was a mustn’t miss weekly event. It told a different story every week and each episode was introduced by Roald Dahl himself sitting in a comfy armchair. Dahl wrote Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Matilda and other classic children’s books, but also became a master of short stories for adults, most were very dark and had a twist in the tail. And that’s precisely what this series was based on – the UNEXPECTED. 

And so is LIFE.

In mid July I had a few blips going on with my heart, low heart rate mainly, called Bradycardia which needed A&E attention. A need for a pacemaker was discussed but not carried through as more tests were required over a period of time. A week away from August I collapsed at home and ambulanced into a truly unexpected dilemma that was certainly not part of my plan.

I was due to be in Athens early August for starters on a 10 day break. I didn’t make it. Nor the Athens 10 day trip in October. The Universe had other plans.

After a few days of observations, scans, X-rays and the like I was whisked off to Barts Heart Centre in Central/East London for a more detailed angiogram examination where I was told I needed triple heart bypass surgery within 48 hours to avoid heart attack. Thus began almost 3 months of complications, starting with another heart operation 2 weeks after the first. The whole scenario became a lesson in powerlessness, vulnerability, trust and avoidance of projection, keeping it all in the day, hour, minutes. I am only just coming out of it, knowing it will take a while to recover fully and start a 3 month Cardio Rehabilitation Programme next week. Game ON.

Meanwhile in November I will be gradually getting back to clients and small groups which is manageable carefully paced, doctors suggest going back to work or other practices after 3 months, so here I am with clients already on hold booking in. Group dates for Nov, Dec & Jan will be up in a few days.

BESPOKE COACHING & BREATHWORK assists dealing with the unexpected. Coaching can unravel what to do next in emotional circumstances – loss of a job, a sudden health diagnosis, relationship difficulties or compulsive habits of escape – food, booze, recreational drugs or sex addiction. 

SOMATIC EVOLUTIONARY BREATHWORK EXPERIENCE : I have practiced and taught for over 30 years assisting those with trapped emotional trauma, shallow breathing, anxiety, depression and anyone stuck in a rut. Breathwork unblocks thoughts, habits and realities freeing up the body and mind to experience less worry and more joyful conscious living. You deserve it.

So do check out blogs and pages on this site for solutions, and how you can switch from panic REACT to healthily RESPOND to unexpected scenarios, learn how to handle life’s twists and turns more ably. Oh and have regular BP and Heart checks. You never know. 

Kundalini Ecstasy

I am one of the few Breathworkers in the UK specialising in addictions, including recreational drug and alcohol abuse, in fact TIME OUT London Magazine called me ‘CLUBLAND’S THERAPIST’ in Millennial year 2000 due to my clientele using club drugs like coke and ecstasy ( MDMA ).

https://www.talktofrank.com/drug/ecstasy

Not all clients arrive with these issues, relationship stuff, including codependency or stuckness in some way, is the number one problem.

Achieving a HIGH somewhere, is an example of success for many, a result, an intention to remove oneself from depression, life struggles or the need to ‘get out of it’, especially in tough economic times but continuous demand for entering an altered state of consciousness can create a habit. A second bottle of wine, a spliff to wake up to, a valium to get to work and a line at lunchtime to cope, are not unusual companions in urban Britain.

Having experienced drug addiction myself ( my last drink, drug and nicotine hit was October 25th 1982 ), all on the same day, not recommended without emotional and physical support, but I missed the HIGHS, escape routes and the RELAXATION of it all. So quick, so easy, so fulfilling.

Six years clean of all mood altering substances I came across ‘Conscious Connected Breathing’ while residing in Australia for 3 months. Then called REBIRTHING. I came back to to the UK and found myself a Rebirther to work with, and over the recommended 10 sessions to clear baggage, discovered ECSTASY in the form of emotional release and healing the body.

What a natural HIGH.

Ironically, this being 1988, ECSTASY the Love Drug arrived in Clubland and many of my future clients were taking it. Even now clients will often say “this Breathwork feels like taking Ecstasy”. With no comedown I might add, or the consequences of habitual drug use. 

I am blessed having Gunnel Minett as my mentor since 1994. Gunnel came to Rebirthing in 1978 and I started my training a decade later with Diana Roberts under Sondra Ray’s Loving Relationship Training ( LRT ) from America.

Gunnel has given me permission to reproduce sections of her book  the definitive BREATH & SPIRIT / Rebirthing as a Healing Technique published in 1994, including this chapter on Kundalini, a natural exploration of ECSTASY, so do give it a read and find out what Breathwork is about.

Kundalini

There is, as yet, no scientific explanation for the reactions which occur during conscious breathing sessions, or for what controls the length of the energy cycle. The closest we can get is to compare rebirthing phenomena with the reactions described in the various Eastern breathing exercises. So far, we have looked at some Chinese Chi Gong exercises. The other great area for comparison is yoga.

One major purpose of yoga exercises is to awaken the body’s in a life energy – the kundalini. in order to expand consciousness and reach a higher state of mind, the body’s own life energy has to be awakened and activated. According to Indian tradition, a person is not ready to experience altered states of consciousness before the kundalini is awake and allowed to flow freely in the body. The yoga trainer has to prepare the body and psyche to adjust properly to this expansion beyond the normal. The exercises of hatha yoga (physical yoga) and pranayama (breathing exercises) are specially designed for this purpose.

The word kundalini comes from yoga, but there a similar concepts in most breathing techniques. The awakening of life-energy is an important factor in the various physical and psychological cleansing processes. When the body and mind have been cleared of blocks and ‘impurities’, the person will enter a new phase where body fluids flow so freely that more life-energy can be absorbed. this leads to an awakening of the body’s kundalini, which in most adults is dormant. when the kundalini is released it produces an expansion of the mind, often resulting in the development of ‘supernatural’ abilities. This can include physical changes, for example less need for sleep and food, greater physical endurance and a capacity for self-healing.



Most descriptions of the awakening of kundalini are very similar, regardless of the cleansing method being used. The process can take anything from a couple of months to several years. One effect of the process is the experience of non-normal states of mind. These experiences go totally beyond everyday mental life, though they rarely result in loss of contact with reality or disorientation severe enough to be called psychotic.

Accounts of the awakening of kundalini have many similarities with the reactions observed during rebirthing sessions. Several scientific studies of the body’s reactions to yoga exercises have been published. Here we will not, however, go into detail regarding the physical changes in the body. (Those interested should see, for example, James Funderburk, Science Studies Yoga, 1977.) we will concentrate here on descriptions of the various physical and psychological phenomena reported from the process of awakening kundalini in various yoga practices.

Many of the symptoms and bodily reactions connected with the awakening of kundalini have been described by Sanella (1977). all of the following bodily sensations have also been observed in somatic conscious connected breathwork, and may occur from the very first session.

Experiences of expanded consciousness e.g. (visions, sounds, out of body) normally occur only after a person has completed at least ten sessions, and often at an even later stage. A precondition is the one should have cleared out a substantial part of biographical memory experiences. This normally involves having had at least one experience of birth memories. The examples listed below range from physical experiences to ‘supernatural’ phenomena, but they do not necessarily appear in this order.

Body Movements 

The body often starts to move spontaneously. The movements vary greatly from person to person. They can be soft, curling, jerking, twitching [sic] or vibrating. the physiological explanation is that the breathing exercise affects the cerebellum, the part of the brain that coordinates muscular movement.



Breathing 

So-called spontaneous rebirthing, with rapid shallow breathing, deep powerful breathing or spontaneous breathing patterns, occurs frequently. The practice of various breathing exercises may trigger and natural breathing cycle, which will normally be completed before returning to normal breathing. This spontaneous breathing reaction is originated in the hypothalamus, which monitors and controls the blood and its oxygen content. It does this by regulating the impulse to breathe. 

Cramps 

Various states of cramp occur often, affecting all parts of the body. They can last for short period or persist over a longer time, affecting mobility. States of cramp are normally preceded by fear or hysterical states. This is often referred to as tetany in other Breathwork publications and with an experienced breathworker as breathing coach it soon passes.

Body Sensations 

The skin or the whole body is often felt to vibrate or itch. It is usually described as ‘bubbles’ in the body, or stitches and bubbling. Sometimes these experiences are perceived as sexual, similar to pre-orgasmic feelings. A physical explanation is that this is mainly caused by stimulation of the sensory cortex. The vibrational sensation often moves from the feet upwards (the way the kundalini is said to move through the body). The left big toe is often said to be the starting point. This toe has a direct link with the cerebral cortex. (The big toe plays a special role in yoga exercises. Hindu mythology states that the holy River Ganges emerged out of the big toe of the Creator.)

Changes in Temperature 

Body temperature can rapidly change from very hot to very cold. Sometimes, this is purely a subjective experience but there may also be objectively measurable changes in body temperature. A possible explanation is that when the kundalini force encounters a blockage in the body, friction is generated leading to localised temperature rise. This affects the hypothalamus which, in turn, will have effects on the body temperature as a whole, causing rapid changes.


Experience of Pain 

Sudden pain may be felt in the head, eyes, spine or other parts of the body without apparent reason. The pain usually remains for only a short period. A traditional explanation is that the kundalini force becomes intensively concentrated when passing through a ‘blocked’ part of the body. People who resist the process with a subconscious wish to retain control over the body are likely to experience these phenomena as painful.

Light and Sound Experiences 

There are many descriptions of a wide range of light and sound experiences: colours flowing freely, illuminating or flowing from various parts of the body; voices, music, whistling or strong roaring or hissing. These phenomena may be caused by wave movements in the ventricles (cavities of the brain). This area influences the auditory cortex in the back lobe of the brain, which controls hearing and vision.

Emotional Experiences 

Most emotional experiences are very intense, ranging from anxiety, fear, hate, depression and confusion to states of total bliss. The negative feelings are mostly experienced in the beginning of the session. They are later normally replaced by feelings of peace, harmony and love, at the end of a completely worked through session. It is influence on the thalamus which probably causes these intense emotions. This area transport information to various centres in the cortex, in cooperation with the reticular and limbic systems. The latter has great impact on the emotions and motivation.

Thought Experiences 

People often report a change in the thought process itself. Thoughts pass through the mind faster or slower than usual and thought can even stop completely at times. Thoughts can also appear irrational, strange or unbalanced. These states can sometimes resemble mental illness, trance, impulsive actions or confusion. 

Distancing 

Another common experience is a feeling of separation from the actual event. ‘What is happening has nothing to do with me’. This can also be described as being outside, observing the events, thoughts and feelings. This is known in yoga as ‘witness consciousness’. In some cases, especially when there is an underlying imbalance in the person, this state may resemble schizophrenia. With the right type of guidance, it usually disappears rapidly and completely.

   Out of Body Experiences 

In this kind of experience one’s own body appears distant. There is a feeling of being outside the body and the person can experience moving to various places while leaving the body behind. This is a sharp distinction between this type of experience and ordinary dreaming. The person can actually ‘see’ their own body from the outside, and be able to describe places without having physically been there. This distinguishes the phenomenon from dreaming or visualisation.

Supernatural Experiences 

In the latter stages of the kundalini process a capacity for ‘supernatural’ skills often appears. The most commonly occurring skills are clairvoyance, clairaudience and the ability to see the aura (the body’s energy field) but other, even more remarkable skills may develop.

 

And here we are in June 2019 experiencing the kundalini of REAL LIFE

Gunnel Minett & David Parker with a selfie.❤️

 

 

 

Urban LifeClass Breathwork Coaching comes to Athens 27th April 2019.

Easter Breathe : Saturday April 27th.  4 – 8pm 

Venue : A Beautiful House in Creative Akadimia Platonos

Urban LifeClass is a London UK based Not-for-Profit Breathwork & Coaching Programme led by David Parker, incorporating Codependency Recovery, Relationship Reviews and breaking addictive patterns – including thoughts. Thought is creative but ACTION has more power, which is why we focus on affirmative ACTIONS not just affirmations. 

We also don’t use fancy language or special clothes, come as you are and speak as you do, we find this more authentic.

The Athens Team below are an eclectic bunch, inter-generational, highly creative, non-judgemental and as you can see we LOVE what we do. No team member gets paid, your monies goes toward 2020 when we expect the need for a larger venue and a bigger programme of events.

In the meantime we give service to serve you, so you can serve yourself, learn to breathe more productively and maybe support us in growth if you like what we do and the progress you make. All sexualities and genders welcome.

We have 3 INTRODUCTION WORKSHOPS for 2019, – April, June & December, with an Autumn one pencilled in, depending on David Parker’s travel schedule. You can read about him here. https://rebirthyourlife.me/globalcoaching-experience/  

All workshops are in English with Greek translation if required.

So escape from your mind into your body, feel lighter, clearer and breathe out stress with experiential Somatic Evolutionary Breathwork. Each Workshop is for 10 participants MAX, so personal attention can be given.

Easter Breathe : Saturday April 27th 4- 8pm 

Venue : A Beautiful House in Creative Akadimia Platonos

Read testimonials and blogs on this site https://rebirthyourlife.me,

sign up for this adventure with just 20 Euros for a 4 hour Introduction to Breathwork.

That’s all you need to do 

There is no sign ups or obligations to continue with anything after, we just ask that if you can’t make the workshop you booked or you can’t transfer your place to another – we hold the 20 Euros as a donation.

Loads of info can be gathered from our Team Members in Athens

 Organiser/Producer – Patricia Photiou +30 6949826260

Experienced Breathworker over 3 decades – Yiannis Vousvoukis

mob 6945 900 310

#breathe

Check out the URBAN LIFECLASS site too: https://urbanlifeclass.me    

 

 

 

Smashed Phones #takeabreath #phonesuicide


CHAOS LIVING cre11902593_751292425017355_4365397549991654353_nates smashed phones, relationships and bank accounts. Aside from the phone crack, booze problems and other forms of chemical support can domin


COACHING provides the first steps in cleaning minds, habits and houses.

Here to help when you are ready to face the music and consequences. SORTED. 

Another aspect of CHAOS LIVING is poor phone time management, making social media an addictive curse. Learn how to cut out certain apps, restrict platforms with boundaries and create ‘no phone daze’. Yup, LEAVE THE PHONE AT HOME. 

Max phone time is encouraging lack of social skills and interaction. Much easier to end a relationship by text than in real life, face to face. So when it comes to difficult emotional choices – the phone wins – but you don’t. Quick & Easy is not always the solution with guilt and avoidance as default.

Learn to end relationships healthily with Codependency Coaching & Breathwork for recovery in the long run – not short term gain.

Work out how much money you waste each month, how the usual escape routes cost you more than money and turn a corner into solutions.

MONTHLY Small EVENING Groupwork : 2 hour session £30 ( less than £8 per week ) MONTHLY Small WEEKEND Groupwork : 4 hour session £50 ( less than £13 per week ). Both Groups have up to 5 people and include 1 hour Breathwork within.

Individual Sessions, Daytime, Evenings & Weekends

2 hours : £120 / 3 hours £150 Fortnightly / Monthly A 2 hour Introduction to the process is FREE with no obligation to continue. No signups or selling. You either want to continue ( and most DO after the Breathwork experience ) or you don’t. No pressure. You and your budget decides.

Call David 07483 287470 for more info.