About Breathwork, an active meditation. Brooklyn, Manhattan (Flatiron), and virtual sessions.
Find out more about Breathwork here, and how this active meditation can help you heal yourself from stuck emotions and old trauma. Aimee Derbes, LAc facilitates breathwork sessions in both Brooklyn (Gowanus, Park Slope) and Manhattan (Flatiron) in New York City. Remote healing and virtual breathwork groups available!
What Is Breathwork?
Breathwork is an active meditation using a 3-part, fast-paced breathing pattern. A powerful, low technology form of self-healing, breathwork connects us to our bodies, moves stuck energy and emotions, and opens our hearts. It also helps us plug into our intuition, embodied wisdom, memory, and creativity. If you're interested, feel free to read about my own experience healing lifelong asthma with breathwork. I study how to facilitate breathwork for individuals and groups with David Elliott and Erin Telford, and I work with people in person in one of my NYC offices, or remotely via Skype; long-distance work is just as powerful and effective as in-person work, as I have confirmed myself, receiving many long-distance healing sessions over the years.
Because we all already have the gift of breath, breathwork is for everyone: even if you have anxiety or panic attacks; even if you have asthma; even if you experience chronic pain; even if you’re pregnant; and even if you're processing traumatic experience. Most (more like, all) of us are carrying around pain, fear, trauma, and outdated beliefs about ourselves and the world around us, which all live tucked away in our cells, in various corners of our bodies. Breathwork is a simple tool that supports us in finally shedding those heavy weights and strengthening our inner knowing and connection to our higher selves.
Breathwork is an invaluable complement to other forms of healing, such as acupuncture / herbal medicine / Healing Touch / reiki, and so on, as it allows you to begin to access and release the unconscious patterns, beliefs, and fears that might lie in between you and your best possible physical health and vibrancy. By supporting you in releasing pain, fear, and trauma, breathwork can help your body heal by shifting it into a more receptive mode, allowing your other healing treatments to penetrate more deeply.
In addition, I've seen breathwork lead to major shifts and breakthroughs in creative projects, as it opens up a unique receptive mind space for ideas and inspiration to come through clearly and be received. We are all fundamentally creative, whether we use our creativity consciously or not; breathwork is for all of us, including creative professionals, and anyone who would like to be more in touch with their innate creativity, whether to support conception, sexual expression, or finding their unique voice and self-expression.
What to expect in a Session
A session consists of about 35 minutes of active breathing to music, followed by 10-15 minutes of rest and integration. During the session, I provide guidance to keep you focused on your breath, and I use tools such as incenses (which clear the space and support your body’s connection to the earth) and essential oils (to help move, release, and balance energy) when appropriate. There are a wide variety of physical sensations and emotional experiences that you might experience; while this is definitely unique to each person and their individual healing process, most people feel various types of tingling, vibration, and physical releases, as well as emotional releases.
Since I work with people in person and remotely via Skype, there are a few additional logistics I'll share with you if you'd like to work together remotely.
After your session
After a session, you’ll likely feel some combination of clarity, calm, connection to yourself and others, forgiveness; increased feeling of groundedness; and / or some creative inspiration. I know from my extensive experiences of medicine and healing, both personal and as a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, that there is absolutely *nothing* like working with breathwork regularly to heal your body, mind, and spirit.