Why a Facilitator?

As a facilitator, my intention is to support people to have a conscious relationship with their breath and body. I guide the breather to create the space for the body’s respiratory muscles to find their balance and coordination. This allows the body to relax so it’s innate wisdom can be fully accessed.

It is common to hear people say that they know that their breath is tight or they need to breathe deeper and when they try on their own they just can’t get very far. This is because they will connect with some unconscious holding pattern that is related to a protection response to life and it is too uncomfortable to breathe into by themselves. It often results in just losing interest in going any further and so the tension remains. The value of being facilitated rests in having a guide to create a safe place, a reminder of the safe space within us. This enables the release of the holding patterns in the body and breath that have become habitual and unconscious. The effects of these holding patterns of tension, kept in place by shallow, restricted breathing, are experienced as stress, and can be revealed as physical and emotional conditions. High blood pressure, hyperventilation, hypertension, anxiety, chronic pain, heart problems, insomnia and more have been reported to have positive effects from diaphragmatic breathing.

An important component of facilitating conscious breathing includes bringing understanding to the direct relationship to how we breathe and how we relate to life (feelings, thoughts, beliefs). It is possible to experience our deep sense of peace and well-being through our breathing and to experience the self-nurturing of living from inside of ourselves, rather than as a response to our early conditioning of looking for safety and comfort from the outside. Some of these early “survival” responses to life can be seen in our addiction patterns to substances like drugs, food, work and relationships.

The process begins by becoming aware of our breath, noticing and observing with curiosity instead of judgement. Ilse Middendorf, a pioneer in conscious breathing for almost 50 years, says it clearly in her book, “The Perceptible Breath-A Breathing Science”, “However strongly we may want to, there is no way to improve unconscious mode of breathing as long as we do not get to know our breathing.” From here, we can re-educate our bodies and repattern our unconscious restricted breathing habits. All it takes is the willingness to experience what is natural and free within us. “My job as a facilitator is to be a support in using the breath to remember the living freedom that is here right now within each and every one of us. I love my job!”

Other Links

Breath Awareness Album Cover
Bringing Breath To Life CD and MP3