Is Breathwork for Emotional or Physical Healing?

Recently I went on our Instagram stories to ask our followers what questions they have about breathwork. Here’s one of my favorite questions someone asked:

“What does breathwork tend to address? Is it focused on emotional or physical ailments?”

The simple answer? It addresses both.

The longer answer? Well, if you’ve been to the clinic recently, your practitioner may have recommended that you try out a breathwork private session or group practice. For those of you coming in for acupuncture to support your hormones, regulate your digestion, deal with chronic pain, or a variety of other physical ailments we treat here at the clinic you might be confused as to why we’d recommend a practice that focuses less on the physical body and more on the emotional body.

Here’s the truth as I see it: Our physical and emotional bodies are inextricably tied.

Yes, breathwork is an amazing and empowering practice to reconnect with your emotions. And yes, breathwork can also help heal physical symptoms.

What is Craniosacral Therapy and Who Should Try It?

I had the same question when I first started to hear about this healing modality a few years ago. Is it energy work? Is it a strange head massage? What do they plan to do with my sacrum? Everyone kept telling me, “It’s hard to explain. You’ve just gotta try it.” Curiosity got the better of me and I scheduled my first treatment while I was on yoga teaching vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Shortly before my session, I had found out my maternal grandpa had died and I couldn’t afford to fly home to be with my family. He was the first of all my grandparents to die, so the grief I was experiencing was new. I wasn’t sure if I should be getting any bodywork done while I was feeling so tender and raw, but I was assured this is one of the best things I could have been doing. They were not wrong.

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

All About Ayurvedic Bodywork

I love a good massage. Who doesn’t? A great massage allows for a chance to unwind, reset, and heal. As a practicing massage therapist for the past 14 years, I’ve been working to give my patients what their body and mind craves during each and every bodywork session. And I have to admit, it’s been hard work, both physically and emotionally.

So I was intrigued when one of my Ayurvedic teachers shared with me that, “Many massage practitioners tire themselves out instead of letting the oil do the work.” At first I was confused. Let the oil do the work? What does this mean? Aren’t I the one doing the work? How would the oil know what to do?

Well, my recent study of Ayurvedic bodywork has brought me some answers.

Ayurvedic bodywork is different from a “normal” massage. And a lot of that has to do with the oils being used.

35 magnesium rich herbs and spices to add to your food for health and flavor

It is a safe bet that most Americans are deficient in magnesium. Our soil used to be rich with this important mineral, but due to poor farming practices and mono-crop agriculture, our soil is sorely depleted of many important nutrients, among them magnesium. Coupled with the fact that magnesium is used up quickly in our bodies during periods of high-stress, it is vitally important that we replenish magnesium levels everyday with supplements, herbs, foods and spices.