An opportunity for counsellors and psychotherapists to embrace and deepen our own interior journey and thus make ourselves more able to connect with our clients at a deeper and more meaningful level.
Every year, MCTC offers up to three 3 day Breath of Life Workshops, each one facilitated by experienced practitioners.
Breathwork Therapy is an experiential approach which enables us to get in touch with our own spontaneous healing processes by unblocking the energy that can become blocked when we are exposed to any kind of trauma, particularly when this occurs in the early stages of our lives. Sometimes we will not even be consciously aware of traumatic experiences which, nevertheless, affect our lives and how we live them. This can be especially true of events that may have happened before or around the time of our birth
When we are hurt or traumatised, we frequently employ psychological defences and resistances to prevent ourselves from fully experiencing the pain and/or fear of the experience and, typically, we will do this by restricting our breathing. Increasing the rate and depth of breathing enables us to loosen those defences, leading to a release and emergence of unconscious and super-conscious material. Using deep abdominal, rather than the more usual thoracic or upper chest, breathing significantly enhances this process.
Sessions include periods of fast, deep, vigorous breathing, during which powerful feelings and experiences may emerge and be released, as well as relaxation, time to talk about your experience, artwork, journaling and meditation as the beginning of integration and assimilation of the work.
Integrating insights from modern consciousness research, anthropology, various depth psychologies, transpersonal psychology, body psychotherapy, Eastern spiritual practices and mystical traditions of the world, and drawing on the work of Dr Frank Lake, Dr Jim O’Donoghue, Dr Wiiliam Emerson, Dr David B Chamberlain, and others, Breathwork in Expanded States of Consciousness is a powerful approach to self-exploration and healing.
It is based on a broad understanding of the human psyche that includes biographical, pre- and peri-natal, and transpersonal dimensions, and phenomena from all these domains are seen as natural and normal constituents of the psychological process.
As the process of entering an expanded state of consciousness unfolds, intrinsic healing energy in the psyche and the body begin to manifest a therapeutic wisdom that transcends the knowledge that can be derived from cognitive understanding only.
The process uses very simple means: In the context of a supportive group and guided by specially trained Psychotherapists, it combines accelerated, vigorous, deep abdominal breathing with evocative music. This is not hyperventilation. With the eyes closed and lying on a mattress, each person uses their own breath and the music in the room to enter an Expanded State of Consciousness. This activates the natural inner healing process of the individual’s psyche, bringing him or her a particular set of internal experiences.
Subsequent sessions include relaxation, time to talk about your experience, artwork, journaling, grounding, meditation as the beginning of integration and assimilation of the work. This integration and assimilation will continue in ongoing personal therapy.
When people have completed a Breath of Life Workshop at MCTC, they are invited to join our monthly, Saturday morning Breathwork Integration Group. See MCTC Dates for details of times etc.
The next Workshop dates are provided on our webpage.