There was a time not so long ago when having a steady step-aerobics practice and eating cottage cheese with melon for breakfast was enough to call one’s wellness paradigm halfway complete.
Fast forward to our never-a-dull-moment era where phenomena such as boutique cardio, high-technology wearable monitors, sound baths and laughter yoga are all quite the norm. And then there’s the most esoteric of all: energy work.
Which leads to the obvious question: how can we quantify such work, and more to the point, how can we know if energy healing techniques really “work”?
Well…there’s only one way to find out, and that’s by trying them out for yourself.
1. Holotropic breathwork
It’s not a coincidence that one is told to “breathe through” most of the incredibly challenging things in life (think child-birth).
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There’s clearly something about breathing that not only forms the basis of our existence, but on many levels, also helps us to navigate it. But holotropic breathwork is not your average everyday inhale-exhale deal.
Developed by a Czech psychiatrist Dr. Stanislav Grof in the seventies, this energy healing technique, which involves forcefully inhaling and exhaling for equal lengths of time at increasing speed, allows breathers to enter an altered state of consciousness.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the benefits of deep breathing extend beyond in-the-moment stress relief. Many studies have found that deep, yogic breathing helps balance the autonomic nervous system, which regulates involuntary bodily functions, such as temperature control and bladder function.
This may help ease symptoms of stress-related disorders and mental health conditions such as anxiety, general stress, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
In the meantime, check out this breathing exercise by Chief Medical Officer and founder of saludmovil.com, Dr. Joseph Mosquera: