Breathing is a part of our whole bodymind. A spontaneous breath, that is, a breath which is full and free, helps us to establish a flexible centre, a place from which our energy remains even and self-nourishing. When using the breath in breathwork sessions we are attempting a reset point from which we can move more gracefully through any discomfort (yes that includes all types of feelings). I've recently been trying a Kriya breath on YogoGlo which really clears out my brain first thing in the morning. (9 mins of short sniffs in - through the nose, and 8 short sharp sniffs out) will leave you feeling very different!
Breathworkers can often get caught up in the question of 'if someone hasn't cried then they have not had a proper session'.
Whilst it not essential to express tears in a Breathwork session, they are a good sign that pent up tensions in the body are being released. I just came across this article by Chris Wright arguing that talk therapies in themselves cannot heal the deeply embedded toxic feelings.
'In traditional therapy we learn to counter dysfunctional issues with new, healthier attitudes and behaviors. Armed with increased self-awareness and greater understanding we can learn to develop healthier ways of thinking and acting as an adult. But does increased understanding and insight into inner dynamics and changing our behaviors actually heal the original painful feelings that lie buried deep inside? Unfortunately, repressed emotions are not resolved by learning new understandings. Otherwise the universal answer to healing our insecurities and purifying our consciousness would be simply to read widely or even get a PhD in psychology. We know, however, that regardless of your level of understanding or the sophistication of your beliefs, the underlying churning of these repressed feelings continues deep inside the brain. What does heal then? The nervous system must have a natural, innate mechanism for resolving inner stress. ' (Chris Wright)
What would that innate mechanism be? Mostly crying, shaking, shouting. Letting go of toxic feelings. That's why Breathwork can heal deeply.