Connected Breathing: The Vital Catalyst for Releasing Stored Trauma

Jan 28, 2024
Megan Ashton

The Biodynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release System® (BBTRS®)  contains 6 potent elements which work together synergistically to create the most powerful releases, healing, and transformation possible. The 6 elements include movement, meditation, sound, touch, emotions, and breath – and although all 6 play vital roles, connected breathing takes center stage. Acting as a catalyst, deep and connected breathing heightens awareness and strategically engages the nervous system to gently release what trauma has left behind.

Why We Deliberately Activate the SNS 

There is no shortage of breathing practices available and most of them activate the ‘rest & digest’ Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS). These techniques prove beneficial in moments of heightened stress or anxiety, inducing relaxation and a sense of calm, and aiding in falling asleep. While valuable as short-term solutions to calm the mind and body, these practices function more like a band-aid. They effectively address immediate symptoms, but they fall short of addressing the underlying tensions and traumas deeply embedded in the body, which constitute the root causes of much of the stress and anxiety we experience.

The deliberate activation of the ‘fight or flight’ Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) branch in BBTRS®, is a key element of the therapeutic process. The ‘fight or flight’ response, is a primal survival mechanism that triggers physiological changes designed to prepare the body for immediate action. When faced with adverse experiences accompanied by overwhelm, and a consequent inability to process the experience in the moment, the energy of that trauma will embed itself within the body, leading to chronic tension, emotional blockages, and even physical pain. BBTRS® recognizes this intricate interplay between the SNS and trauma, and provides a methodical approach to unlock and release the residual patterns.

The deliberate activation of the SNS is pivotal to the potency of our connected breathwork technique. By purposefully engaging the ‘fight or flight’ mode— the state prevalent during traumatic events—participants acquire distinct access to the physical and emotional residues of past stressors. It’s a deliberate journey into the depths of one’s own physiological responses, where the breath becomes a guiding force in unraveling the knots and residues of past traumas. These residues, often stored in the body’s tissues and cellular memory, are brought to the surface during the connected breathwork sessions, allowing for a comprehensive exploration and release.

From Activation to Transformation

As the breath charges the nervous system with awareness, participants experience a profound shift in consciousness. The intentional SNS activation becomes a portal for self-discovery and healing, unraveling past traumas through breath and movement. This approach acknowledges that healing extends beyond thoughts and emotions, reaching into the very fabric of the body. It’s a conscious choice to revisit the SNS state that we were in when the trauma became lodged in the body. By undertaking this process, we confront and liberate the accumulated tensions, reestablish harmony within the nervous system, enhance the connection between mind and body, and foster a more cohesive and balanced state of existence.

Closing Thoughts

Spanning 6 distinct access points into the mind-body-spirit, BBTRS® seamlessly integrates Eastern and Western wisdom, ancient practices, and cutting-edge science. Guided by its distinctive 6-element approach, BBTRS® stands at the forefront of therapeutic innovation, tapping into the inherent power of the breath, intentional nervous system activation, and inner exploration. Through this intentional activation, participants embark on a transformative journey, unearthing and liberating the remnants of past stressors, ultimately paving the way for a more integrated and balanced state of being. If you would like to release tension and trauma, minimize damaging responses to future stressors, and cultivate deep and lasting change in your life, we invite you to join one of our live and Free Online Community Breathwork Sessions.

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