Why Breathwork Creates Rapid Changes

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While weekly therapy sessions help sustain steady growth, sometimes this may be too slow for you. If you are eager to make faster progress, I’d like to tell you about a technique that creates breakthroughs better than any method I know.

My clients are smart. They have strong mental processing skills. Some of my clients have been trying to change life-long patterns by using cognitive therapy for a very long time. While they get smarter, after a while they get downright frustrated with the slowness of therapy and all the money and time they’ve invested. The same old bothersome habits cycle around and around within themselves and in their relationships.

Why the slow progress with cognitive therapy?

We can’t always understand why we are the way we are on a logical level and make the changes we want.

Let’s see how neuroscience helps answer this question.

When we’ve experienced emotionally or physically painful events, our brains figured out how to help us survive. The instinctual part of our brain chose from this menu in a nanosecond: fight, flight, freeze, or faint. Our automatic reactions worked. We survived.

After a painful event ends, two systems of our brain hard-wire our coping patterns.

(1) the part that helps us avoid pain so we don’t touch a hot stove again, and

(2) the part that seeks pleasure.

Let’s take each one at a time.

(1) To avoid pain and feeling bad, we tried our best to elicit positive responses from our caregivers when we were children. Examples are pleasing people even when it hurts us, taking care of others so they don’t feel bad, working too much, and trying to be perfect. As adults, we may feel compelled to do these behaviors even though we know they are not healthy for us.

(2) We also developed unconscious habits to seek comfort. Examples are eating comfort food like ice cream, sugar and simple carbohydrates. Some of us turned to recreational drugs and alcohol. Others turned to over-exercising or high-risk behaviors such as extreme sports or gambling. Others became obsessed with sex, porn and romantic relationships. Some of us have shopped way too much. Again, we may know it’s not good for us, but we do it anyway.

These coping behaviors were hard-wired into the unconscious part of the brain and became habits that are difficult to change because they are part of the original survival strategy.

To understand how you can effectively make the changes you desire, read on.

Retreat venue. Lake Chatuge, Young Harris, GA

Painful memories are stored in two places: in the body and in the emotional part of the brain called the amygdala. The parts of the brain that process emotions and those that regulate body functions are closely connected. They communicate with each other easily.

On the other hand, the part of the brain that processes logic (the pre-frontal cortex) doesn’t communicate well with the amygdala where the painful emotional memories are stored. It’s almost impossible to rationally understand the emotional roots of life-long limiting patterns without effective therapy.

With cognitive therapy, we can get a glimpse of how our adult behavior is rooted in our childhood, but self-defeating habits may persist. It may be difficult to change our patterns from a logical level. If we could, we would have done so a long time ago. In my experience, talk-therapy generates limited results.

So how can we effectively transform self-defeating patterns?  

We have to find a healing method that accesses the emotional and physical memory below the level of our conscious rational mind.

Breathwork creates rapid deep change because we bypass the logical part of the brain and access the original emotional memories where habits were laid down to help us survive. With breathwork, we make changes on the cellular level of the body and on the emotional level.

To read a description of breathwork, click here.

After the deep emotional healing in breathwork is completed, the pre-frontal cortex can come back online and make sense of the experience so the wisdom can integrate into conscious memory.

Clients describe amazing results from breathwork.

Read the breathwork client testimonials here.

There is much more to life that is possible for you, and I want this for you. More creativity, more emotional intimacy, more inner peace, more centeredness, more brilliance, more intuition, more empathy, more free-flowing energy in your body that generates deep healing on all levels, more deep connection with the healing power of the Holy Spirit.

As Einstein said, we only use 10% of our brain. With breathwork, you can access enlightened spiritual states of consciousness far beyond the limits of your pre-frontal cortex. We invoke unconditional love and healing from the Holy Spirit who guides the process.

If you are interested in attending a Breathwork Retreat, be sure to read all these articles and stories about healing.

Click here to read a description of Breathwork.

Click here to read testimonials.

Click here to read Breathwork Q&A.

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For dates and details for the next Breathwork Retreat, complete the Contact Form and send me an inquiry.  Or click here: Retreats & Workshops.


Location: Young Harris, Georgia overlooking Lake Chatuge and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Please inquire about virtual breathwork workshops during the pandemic.

Space is limited 6 people so register early.

To register: Please send me an email if you would like to attend, and I’ll send you VENMO instructions.

Pre-requisite: 3 or more private sessions. New clients should schedule a complimentary 10-minute phone call to see if this retreat is a good fit for you. Complete the contact page.

If you are allergic to cats, tell me know before you register so we can discuss if this retreat is appropriate for you. I have one cat and I can keep her in my garage if necessary.

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If you prefer to have a private breathwork session instead of a group experience, we can schedule a convenient time for both of us. Give me a call or email me.

Facilitator: Benita A Esposito is a Christian spiritual healer, licensed professional counselor, licensed mental health counselor and life coach with four decades professional experience. She earned a masters degree in Clinical Psychology. All sessions are provided via Zoom during the pandemic.
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