POST-BREATHWORK INTEGRATION SUGGESTIONS
Below are our suggestions for supporting your integration process after your breathwork session. If, after reading through them, you have any questions, you can e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Be Gentle with Yourself
A. Allow for greater sensitivity, openness and vulnerability.
B. Allow some time for self-nurturing.
C. Allow yourself to be with whatever emotions and feelings arise in a loving, accepting way without judgment. Make them into your best friends. What you consider your “negative” emotions many times give you the most insight into what is really happening in your inner world.
D. Re-enter your normal life and activities mindfully.
2. Take Life Easy
A. Get adequate rest and sleep.
B. Drink plenty of water.
C. Eat nourishing foods.
D. Nurture your body (i.e. massage, bath).
E. Exercise gently (i.e. walking, light movement).
F. Spend time in nature.
G. If it is possible and feels right, give yourself some quiet time and time for reflection.
3. Possible Suggestions to Continue to Stay with and work with your Inner Process if you Feel Called To Do So.
A. Pay attention to any “material” surfacing from your psyche.
B. Attend to and work with your dreams. You are closest to your unconscious in your dreams and more important material might surface in the days following the breathwork. If you remember your dreams, write them down.
C. Write/journal for 4-6 weeks.
D. Get a piece of paper and draw whatever wants to come out–keep your drawings! You may get more insight into what they mean a week or two later.
E. Put on music and allow your body to move/dance spontaneously and authentically.
4. If It Feels Right, Share Your Experience with Someone You Trust
A. Use discretion regarding whom you discuss your experience; avoid sharing with those whom would attempt to discount or invalidate your experience.
B. If you are currently working with a therapist and feel called to do so, you can make an appointment to share your breathwork experience.
C. Attend your regular support groups.
5. Avoid Making Important, Abrupt or Rash Decisions.
A. Wait at least a week before making any important life decisions.
B. Dialogue with someone you trust about decisions you are considering and ask for objective feedback.
6. Make Friends with Your Emotions, positive or negative.
A. Start taking more responsibility for your emotional states….
B. You can use them (whether “negative” or “positive”) to look inside and examine and work with what is triggering these emotions in you instead of projecting the cause of the emotions onto something that happened in the outside world.