... and Breathe
to unwind your body & mind, tone your vagus nerve & learn new skills
“Breath is the most precise pharmaceutical you can give yourself…Breathwork is an incredibly potent mini tranquiliser”
Professor Ian Robertson, Neuroscientist.
What's involved in the Breathe 1 hour class:
This session incorporates practices to calm the nervous system (neural exercises), and bring on line the Vagus nerve, the main nerve in the "rest and digest" part of our nervous system, that counterbalances our "fight, flight" response.
We also work with all 3 Types of Breath Practice in this 1 hour session:
Mindful breath - find your still point
Coherent Breathing, our natural breathing rate to retrain the breath - balance the nervous system
Integrative Breathwork (Rebirthing), a breathwork journey using the Conscious Connected Breath for health, life and empowerment. A powerful and healing breath - bring in new life, and let go of tension. This part is optional and some clients may wish to stay with the previous meditation.
Payment please see booking link & for concession options
Meet on Zoom (or come in person to my Radstock studio)
(Zoom link sent to your e-mail address as part of your booking confirmation).
Max of 4 in the studio, plenty of space on zoom
"Bring": water bottle, mat, blanket, pillow and if you like more cushioning than a yoga mat, a thick blanket/sheepskin/sleeping bag to lie on.
Who is this for? These sessions are for you if:
You are a beginner to breathwork and want to learn techniques to calm body, and mind.
You know that breath is our fast track to the body's stress response system, and that it's crucial to master this in life.
You have experience of other breathwork, e.g. yoga or mindfulness, and would like an introduction to these particular types of breath.
You are experienced with breathwork and would like a short nourishing "breathe" with the conscious connected breath and to deepen existing practices such as Coherent Breathing.
You want to empower yourself by learning (or deepening) practices to use in your daily life, to meet stress, anxiety, trauma, menopause and other life challenges from a place of true empowerment through learning skills for life
You would like to enjoy an hour of me time, in strongly held space, being guided to calm and nourish yourself, with facilitation tailored to your needs.
There is a vast body of scientific researchthat is growing every day, showing the benefits of breathwork to body, mind & spirit. There is an expression "heal your breath, heal your life" and it's my belief that this is true.
Benefits of breathwork sessions include:
Reduced blood pressure
Toned vagus nerve
Nervous system regulation
Stronger immune and digestive systems
Greater ability to manage emotions
Reduced anxiety and depression
Improved heart rate variability
Feel more empowered and energised
Breathe more freely in daily life and so flow with life more freely and creatively
Leave with practices and guidance information so that you can easily integrate the practices into your daily life
Read more details about how the session runs, and client comments below ...
In this short interview, you can learn a simple check for your "Breathing health" and learn to calm your nervous system and improve vagal tone; the interviewer slowed his breath and calmed his nervous system by 30% in fewer than 10 breaths! This is how easy some of the "Regulatory" breathwork can be. Listen and try it for yourself. If you enjoy this, you might want to book onto Deborah's Breathe 1 hour session below or scroll down to find the guided audio.
“This was a great way for me to reconnect with my body …taking a break from my responsibilities and worries and focusing solely on breath. Deborah is well-educated in breath practice and provides evidence and helpful explanations to support her practices. Her gentle manner and invitations to participate in the techniques make for a comfortable and safe environment to learn and experience the power of the breath.”
“I’ll be sure to practice these techniques to continue deepening this practice and will be sharing them with my patients”
Doctors (psychiatry residents at University of Toronto)
The sessions will involve an introduction to the breathing practices for those who haven't experienced it before, you will then lie down in a relaxed position (although the breathwork journey can be experienced sitting for those who prefer).
We will start with grounding and regulating exercises (neural exercises) to support feelings of safety and calm in the body. These are very helpful things that can be done any time, any place to help you in daily life.
Then we work with breath starting with mindful breath awareness and compassion. Creating an anchor of wellbeing to access in daily life.
We will then practice Coherent Breathing - a simple, yet powerful practice, that has much science to back up it's immensely positive effects on mind, body and spirit, including anxiety and depression. This is our natural breathing rate. Those familiar with Coherent Breathing will be guided to deepen the practice, to access "The Total Breath" and other more advanced practices and turn the practice into a Breath Meditation.
Then Deborah will explain Integrative Breathwork (Rebirthing) and you will enjoy up to 20 minutes of Conscious Connected breathing, to gently build energy, and to simply receive the nourishment of breath. There will then be a relaxation period, to rest, sleep and integrate.
Clients have described this Conscious Connected Breathing as feeling akin to a hypnotic trance state. This is a short nourishing breathe, to build energy, and let go into the body. It is not designed to take you into any deep processes in this short session; those looking for an experience of breath as deeper process therapy can attend the longer 2 hour
Breathe Deeper Online sessions, but it's recommended to attend this shorter version first.
All who haven't accessed it yet will be guided to find the Coherent Breathing homework sheet, and the Coherent Breathing App to support daily practice.
At the end there will be an opportunity to share or ask questions for those who wish.
I just wanted to say thank you for everything that you did for me. I continued the breath work and I’m doing well. I am off the meds and my life is so much better now. Thank you for helping me when I didn’t have a clue as to what I was going to do.
Many thanks for this, I really appreciated this time and teaching. I practiced the techniques today and it really helped to calm myself.
NEW Audio Guided Breathwork Album available now
This Breathwork and Relaxation Album is an extended version of my hour long Breathe Online classes, gestated during the last year since the first lock down. I also have a few copies on CD for the old schoolers, otherwise it can be live streamed, or downloaded (MP3 etc.)
It’s designed to support healing, calm and resilience, recovery from long Covid included. Tried and tested over the last year, so on top of the supporting science , I really know first hand this works, as do many clients. The system gives you 3 free listens before asking for a donation.
I enjoyed a very rewarding and beneficial online breathing session with Deborah this week. The different breathing styles were well proportioned and flowed into each other nicely. I really appreciated Deborah’s heart-centered and intuitive guidance which facilitated powerful yet gentle releases in my body during the final breathe.
Really pleased, thanks so much.
Thank you so much for yesterday’s session. I thought that it was amazing - I felt a real sense of peace afterwards and as I said a mixture of relaxation and energy. Michelle