by Talia Gumbiner

Nutrition, functional training, speed work, massage, physical therapy, or corrective exercise? At The Fast Lab, we encourage all of these modalities to promote improved health and overall sports performance.

We also believe that improving mindfulness and finding ways to foster physical well-being and mental clarity are just as foundational. That’s why we’re introducing breathwork as a new service offering for our clients. Keep reading to learn more!

What is Breathwork?

Breathwork is a therapeutic modality and a powerful practice that holds immense value as a tool for creating lasting shifts in mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. Through breathing techniques combined with intention and mindfulness, individuals can regulate their nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety levels while promoting relaxation and clarity of mind. It is a conscious, connected, somatic experience with limitless potential.

What are the Physical Benefits of Breathwork?

Oxygenating the body is vital for optimal functioning of various physiological processes. Research has shown that deep breathing exercises improve oxygen flow to the brain, enhancing cognitive function and focus. Moreover, regular breathwork practices have been proven to support overall health by boosting immune function, improving digestion, improving sleep quality, and aiding in detoxification.

What Additional Benefits Does Breathwork Offer? 

In addition to the physical benefits, by directing attention to the breath and cultivating present-moment awareness, practitioners can develop a greater sense of mindfulness. This allows them to observe thoughts, sensations, and emotions without judgment. Intentional breathing facilitates a connection to the inner self by promoting self-awareness and helping practitioners to break free from repeated behavior patterns that no longer serve them. This ultimately allows for profound personal transformation. Breathwork has also been proven to be a powerful tool for releasing old traumas that reside in the body to help find a newfound sense of freedom and liberation.

What Can You Expect During a Breathwork Session?

A breathwork session can be conducted one-on-one or in a group setting.  All sessions are customized for each individual client, depending on what their specific goals or ailments are. Some sessions include a variety of shorter, pranayama-style breathing exercises (these are ancient breath techniques that originate from yogic practices in India). This can be done seated, laying down, or in conjunction with gentle yoga postures. These breathing techniques can accomplish a variety of objectives including nervous system regulation, increasing focus, warming the body, cooling the body, etc. Many of these exercises are simple and can be done at home or whenever the client feels it would be helpful.

Another option for breathwork if a client wants to explore deep healing work, is called “The Rebirthing Breath.” This session entails one continuous breath pattern done for an extended period of time. Oftentimes, the physical, mental, and emotional sensations are much more profound, and the results are, as well. This style of breathwork is done laying on the ground in a comfortable position, fully supported by the instructor. Many different experiences have the potential to come up and no two sessions are the same. Our bodies physically hold on to experiences, memories, and traumas. By oxygenating the blood and allowing energy shifts to occur, breathwork facilitates movement of stagnant blocks residing inside of us. All of these breathwork options hold immense value and can support anyone and everyone whether they are an athlete trying to improve performance, a client trying to manage chronic pain, or simply a human-being with the desire to optimize well-being in a holistic way.

Try Breathwork at The FAST Lab Today!

Embracing breathwork as a regular practice can lead to a profound sense of balance, vitality, and deep healing. Our expert instructor, Talia, looks forward to introducing breathwork techniques and supporting your wellness journey. Please call to schedule your first session today: 303-771-3329.