A typical Grof Holotropic Breathwork Session

Sessions take place in pairs with one person as the ‘breather’ and the other as the ‘sitter’. The sitter ensures that the breather is safe and supported during the session. As a sitter you do not interfere with the breathers process, you are a compassionate witness to their journey and respond to requests from the breather for things like a drink of water, a tissue, a blanket, being supported to walk to the bathroom and keeping the breather safe if they are moving around etc.

Facilitation

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Facilitators will always be there to support sitters and Breathers throughout the Holotropic Breathwork session. One of the roles of the facilitator is to support and encourage breathers to do their own individual work.

All Holotropic Breathwork facilitators are trained to support participants with something called “Focused Energy Release Work”. If a breather feels that they are stuck and having difficulty trusting or opening to their experience or they feel that their session is incomplete “Focused Energy Release Work” can often be helpful. It takes the form of providing some physical resistance (something to push against), encouraging amplification, which may include vocalizing and expressing sounds, words and noises. If “Focused Energy Release Work” is used it is ALWAYS lead by the breather, never the facilitator. The breather is always in control.

At the start of the session the breather lies on a mattress, and there is a short relaxation before the actual breathing and music starts.

When the music begins, all you have to do is breathe deeper and faster than you normally would. We suggest that you keep your eyes closed so it’s a good idea to have an eye-shade.

Breathing more deeply and faster than you normally would, to music that is specifically designed to support your journey can gradually lead into a non-ordinary state of consciousness which can be a little like a vivid dream.

A typical Session

A typical Holotropic Breathwork session lasts somewhere between two and a half to three hours.

After the session the breather is encouraged to capture the essence of their experience by expressive artwork (drawing a mandala) or journaling and later there is a sharing circle where participants have the opportunity to share the important aspects of their experience whilst other participants and the facilitators listen and witness what’s being shared.
The sharing circle is a powerful start to the integration process and we often find that the experience of being heard and feeling safe enough to share, deeply personal feelings and experiences can be incredibly healing.

The Grof Foundation http://www.grof-holotropic-breathwork.net/ is a great resource for supporting the integration of Holotropic Breathwork