Research has been conducted with regards to Holotropic Breathwork effectiveness. While our method is not strictly speaking the original Holotropic, it is close enough to allow extrapolation.
Breathwork helps with emotional healing and personal growth. Holotropic breathing has the potential to improve self-awareness and stimulate a more positive outlook on life.
The practice allows one to move beyond body and ego to get in touch with the true self and spirit. It allows to better connect with others and the natural world. Breathwork has been used to treat a wide range of conditions, including stress, addiction and avoidance behaviours. The practice helps some to find and keep purpose and direction in their lives.
Here are some of the results reported by research.
- Holotropic breathing with psychotherapy: participants in breathwork and therapy over six months significantly reduced death anxiety and increased self-esteem compared to those who only had therapy (Holmes & al., 1996)
- Results of a study of over 11,000 participating in Holotropic Breathwork sessions over 12 years suggest it can be used to treat a wide range of psychological and existential life issues. Benefits included emotional catharsis and spiritual exploration with no adverse reaction (Eyerman, 2013)
- Holotropic Breathing helps making positive changes in temperament and development of character. Participants with long experience reported higher levels of self-awareness, lower levels of neediness, domineering, and hostility (Miller & al., 2015)
Holotropic Breathwork can bring physical and emotional releases. Talk to your GP before engaging in the practice if you have a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, panic attacks, psychosis or mental illness, or simply for any conditions you are aware of that may be affected by the intense experience. It is not recommended for pregnant women.
Eyerman J. (2013). A clinical report of holotropic breathwork in 11,000 psychiatric inpatients in a community hospital setting. maps.org/news-letters/v23n1/v23n1_24-27.pdf
Holmes SW, et al. (1996). Holotropic breathwork: an experiential approach to psychotherapy [Abstract]. researchgate.net/publication/232555956_Holotropic_breathwork_An_experiential_approach_to_psychotherapy
Miller T, et al. (2015). Measure of significance of holotropic breathwork in the development of self-awareness. DOI: 10.1089/acm.2014.0297
Puente I, et al. (2014). Special issue: Holotropic breathwork and other hyperventilation procedures. researchgate.net/publication/280238663_Journal_of_Transpersonal_Research_Vol_6_2_Special_Issue_Holotropic_Breathwork_and_Other_Hyperventilation_Procedures