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Integrative Breathwork was
developed out of Holotropic Breathwork by Jacqueline Small. Please read about
before continuing here.
Jacqueline Small had a
Near Death Experience (NDE) a number of years ago which changed her perspective
about human existence. Several years later, after a painful divorce process, she
was "called" to write a book about a new form of psychology. The book
was entitled, "Transformers."
In the 1970s, Jacqueline Small
was trained in Bioenergetics and breathwork. She worked at the University of
Texas Counseling Center as a therapist. In 1983, she met Stan Grof and began to
study with him at the Esalen Institute in California. In 1985, she became
co-leader with Stan and Christina Grof and worked with them to set up a
certification program. In 1991 they parted ways. Jacqueline Small made some
changes to the Holotropic Breathwork process and began what is now called
Integrative Breathwork. Along with the teaching staff at Eupsychia, Jacequeline
Small conducts classes, retreats and facilitator training in Integrative
for Integrative Breathwork is nearly identical to that of Holotropic Breathwork.
Please read about the Holotropic
before continuing here.
includes an "invocation" before the breathwork begins to invoke the
help of the Higher Power (however you view it) in promoting healing and
transformation. There is usually less bodywork in Integrative Breathwork. The
open sharing session after the breathwork experience includes the opportunity
for the person sharing to feel deep into the experiences they are sharing about.
This encourages integration and transformation of these feelings. Finally, the
Integrative Breathwork retreats combine several different healing modalities.
The 14-day retreats offered by Eupsychia include other healing practices such as
shadow work, psychodrama, expressive artwork, myth and story, movement and play,
guided imagery, journal work, yoga classes, bodywork, meditation, optional
Twelve-step meetings, nature outings and nutritional counseling.
contraindications for Integrative Breathwork listed on the training form
- Serious cardiovascular problems (History of heart attacks, malignant
hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and similar physical disorders)
I would also add that I believe that persons who have
active addictions (food, drugs, alcohol, etc.) should probably not do breathwork
until the addiction is under control (e.g., sober). Persons undergoing an
emotional or spiritual crisis should consult with the breathwork facilitator
before deciding whether to participate.