What is Transformational Breath®?
It is a process of transformation of our breath that will return to be as it was originally, i.e. an abdominal breathing, circular, without pauses, energetic, as if we are walking fast, with a long and deep inhalation and a short and relaxed exhalation.
This breathing modality makes us conscious of our limiting breathing patterns, which are the expression of our past emotional blockages that need to be released and transformed.
We can just observe how our emotions modify our breathing pattern, we realize how we hold our breath in the dark when we are scared, or how our breath increases when we are angry, or how it relaxes when we are close to our beloved ones.
Breathing is directly related to how we are, how we relate to ourselves and others, how we live our daily lives, how we feel and show ourselves to others. This phenomenon is due to the close anatomical proximity that exists between the breathing center located in the medulla oblongata and the limbic circuit, that is that part of the brain which includes the pituitary gland and hypothalamus which is strongly linked to our emotional memories. Activating this breathing pattern also activates old memories, parked in the unconscious asking to be re-lived, re-elaborated and understood in the light of a new awareness to allow us to fully express our personality, in a freer and less conditioning way compared to our childhood.
How does our breathing change with Transformational Breath®?
Why does the breath become abdominal? This increases the amount of air we can inhale. By lowering the diaphragm it pushes the viscera down and brings the lungs along, expanding them to the maximum. This is physiological and normal for our body. .
Why is it conscious? Normally, we do not do it because our breathing patterns have been transformed according to the emotions that we have repressed and compensatory patterns that have been formed, so awareness is necessary to realize how limited our breath is.
Why does it have to be without pauses? In the pauses we think and when we think we try to change things following a mental pattern and not natural and spontaneous typical of our body and our original personality, it is as if we were built and not natural.
Why is it lively as if we were running? If the breath is too relaxed everything falls silent, and we fall asleep. It's as if we were imprisoned in our unconscious, it's as if there weren't enough energy to set the process of transformation in motion, it's like the difference between sadness where everything is still and joy where everything is moving.
Why must the inhalation be long and deep? We need to fill all the lungs to increase the saturation of oxygen in the blood. Physiologically it is not the frequency that increases the oxygen in the blood but the depth of the breath.
Why the short and relaxed exhalation? When relaxed, it does not bring imbalance between oxygen and carbon dioxide. When it is long or controlled we emit more carbon dioxide than we should emit and in that case the body goes into alkalosis causing a whole series of unpleasant symptoms of a compensatory type.
What tools does Transformational Breath® use?
Transformational Breath® is the process that leads us slowly and permanently to transform our Breath and is characterized by the many tools Judith Kravitz used in her creation process: the Body Mapping, a series of pressure points in the body that are pressed by the facilitators during the breath session, and which correspond to emotional points; the Toning which are the vowels each capable of opening the breath in certain parts of the body and which are emitted when an emotion overwhelms us or when the breath is blocked; Kicking and pounding allow you to express anger or give vent to pent-up energy, creating breath and enlivening the breath; Physical maneuvers associated with the sounds that are used to unlock contracted parts of the body; Affirmations, phrases that facilitators use to make the breathers aware of their emotional blocks.
Another fundamental tool that other techniques do not have is Breath Analysis, through which the facilitator is able to recognize the areas of the body where the breath is blocked and the corresponding emotion or theme associated with it. This tool allows the breather to become aware, participant and main author of their own process of transformation and physical-psychic-emotional integration.