A typical Holotropic Breathwork Session

Holotropic Breathwork always involves preparation, session and integration, and always includes breather, sitter and facilitator.  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.

A typical Holotropic Breathwork session lasts around three hours. At the start of the session the breather lies on a mat with the sitter beside them. There is a short relaxation leading into music starting and the session beginning - the music sets are created to support the inner journeys. As the music begins, with your eyes closed, all you have to do is breathe a little bit deeper and faster than you usually would. Breathing in this way until you notice something change, or are surprised. The breath, the music, the set and the setting support access to expanded states of consciousness from which deep healing is possible. 

After the session the breather is encouraged to capture the essence of their experience by creating a mandala, or journelling. Later there is a sharing circle where participants have the opportunity to share a little about there experience whilst other participants and the faciltators listen and witness what is being shared. The sharing circle is an importnat part of the integration process. We often find that the expereince of being heard and feeling safe enough to share deeply personal feeling and experiences can be incredibly healing.


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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.