Breathwork, a modality which arose in the late 1960s and 1970s, is a label for a variety of conscious breathing practices which are thought to influence one’s mental, emotional, and/or physical state.
In fact, it’s a method of breath control — actually various breathing techniques are used depending on the type of Breathwork — with the goal to induce changed states of consciousness in order to achieve physical and mental well-being.
Although various forms of Breathwork existed already in different types of ancient bodywork, martial arts, and spiritual traditions — such as Pranayama in Indian Yoga — it was first studied and practiced in the West by Wilhelm Reich (1897 – 1957), an influential Austrian doctor of medicine and psychoanalyst.
Apart from promoting simple relaxation, Breathwork can be used therapeutically to stimulate physical, emotional, and spiritual changes, to access special — notably spiritual, hypnotic, and trance-like — states of consciousness, and to release traumatic emotional or sexual experiences.
Today, there are many types of Breathwork, such as Rebirthing Breathwork, Vivation Breathwork, Holotropic Breathwork, Integrative Breathwork, Transformational Breathwork, Shamanic Breathwork, Conscious Connected Breathing, Radiance Breathwork, Zen Yoga Breathwork, and of course Tantric Breathwork.
Nevertheless, Tantric Breathwork modalities may have different aims, used in different ways and with different techniques — but the principal idea is to release blocked energy, open the Chakra energy centers, awaken Kundalini Energy, control Life Energy flow in our bodies, release trauma, and induce well-being of mind, body, and spirit to enable higher spiritual or consciousness levels within a person.
It’s thought that several benefits can be obtained with the practice, such as healing of sexual blockages and traumas, integration of our sexuality in our lives, alleviation of Premature Ejaculation (PE) and Erectile Dysfunction (ED), intimately (re)connecting with our bodies, spiritual development, improvement of our overall sex life and relationships, among others.
The practice can be done alone, with a partner, within a group or with help of a Breathwork therapist. Notable therapeutic applications can be found, for instance, in Tantric Coaching, Tantric Massage, and in Sexological Bodywork.