Just going through some older notes - these two paragraphs nail why Breathwork can reset our nervous systems to receive more pleasure and less dreariness.
Expansion and the Capacity to Experience Pleasure
by Maryanna Eckberg
'A survival mode of functioning results in construction on the body and in the experience and activity of shock trauma, resulting in a diminished capacity for pleasure. Over-stimulation of the nervous system makes it difficult to let down into a relaxed parasympathetic state necessary for pleasurable activities. Fixation on the traumas – all roads lead to the trauma – due to over-coupling and to state-dependent memory also contributes to a pleasureless existence.
Helping people to develop their sensory awareness is not only essential in renegotiating the integrating the traumatic experiences, but is also the avenue to expansion into a more pleasurable mode of existence.'