Natalie Moore, LMFT is a holistic psychotherapist in Pasadena & Los Angeles, CA who utilizes mindfulness meditation and breathwork practices to empower ambitious, creative millennials to release trauma, tension and limitations from their mind and body to achieve more peaceful, authentic expression.
What is breathwork?
Breathwork is a powerful healing tool that harnesses the breath as a conduit for releasing trauma, tension and blocked emotions that have accumulated in the body over the course of a lifetime. One breathwork session can feel like a decade of therapy without uttering a single word.
What we today call Breathwork originated as the Hindu practice of Pranayama — Sanskrit for “breath control” — which was meant to support practitioners in achieving altered states of consciousness to promote spiritual growth. In the 1960’s, transpersonal psychology pioneers such as Stanislov Grof and Leonard Orr discovered the healing benefits of these ancient Eastern practices and through developing their own versions of Breathwork, introduced them to the Western world.
There are many names for Breathwork such as Holotropic Breathwork, Transformational Breath, Conscious Breathwork, Rebirthing Breathwork, Biodynamic Breath, Integrative Breathwork, Shamanic Breathwork, Zen Yoga Breathwork, Holistic Breathwork as well as others. My teaching and facilitating style is eclectic and is informed by not only my clinical understanding of trauma and the nervous system, but also my personal experience with the breathing technique.
What can breathwork do?
Breathwork is a holistic healing tool that addresses the whole person in a way that honors the individual’s ability to heal oneself. That means that there are no limits to what it can provide for the practitioner. I, as the facilitator, am not healing you. I am simply creating a safe space for you to heal yourself. Breathwork can provide relief from any psychological ailment you can imagine such as:
Not only can it help you move through the unpleasant emotions, help you let go of tension in the body and heal trauma, is can also move you into new heights of consciousness. Breathwork can open you up to:
greater sense of peace
clarity in decision-making
letting go of control
more connection to purpose
What does a breathwork session look like?
Breathwork sessions are 70 minutes long. The first session looks like this:
10 minutes: I walk you through exactly what to expect from the Breathwork session (in terms of body sensations and emotions that may arise), how to do the breathing technique (open-mouth circular breathing, into belly, then chest and soft exhale) and what to do if at any point you feel uncomfortable with the breathing.
10 minutes: Guided mindfulness meditation to identify and release tension from the body and to support you in feeling safe and present in the environment.
30 minutes: Active breathing work. I will play rhythmic music that has been specifically selected to aid in the process of releasing energetic blockages. I will coach you through the breath to make sure you have the technique correct and say positive affirmations to help you through the process.
10 minutes: Back to nose breathing with calmer music. Guided visualization to help ground you in the present.
10 minutes: Your choice with how to spend this time. Can be used to lie in silence and immerse yourself in the blissful state of relaxation, can be used for quiet journaling, or can be used to process with me your experience. This is a time for integrating the experience.
Subsequent sessions will consist of a shorter review period in the beginning and a longer period of active breathing.
Go ahead and give me a call for a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if Breathwork incorporated into your psychotherapy plan is right for you.
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Pasadena, CA | 323 558 2055