You are the Medicine
Elif Clarke, trauma focused psychologist and Transformational Breath® Senior trainer and facilitator offers self-empowering holistic tools to help you to access your own medicine to promote physical vitality, to bring emotional freedom in you, and assist you to connect to your innate resilience.
Connected Breath (Transformational Breath®)
Transformational Breath® (Connected Breathwork)
Transformational Breath® is self-empowering tool connecting to our deepest self to achieve physical, emotional and psychological well-being by breathing throughout whole respiratory system in a connected conscious way. It is also called connected breath.
According to Dr. Henry Rohrberg, “One Transformational Breath session is equivalent to about two years of psychotherapy.” It is a powerful tool to release, integrate repressed emotions without needing to talk about them, if you choose to do so.
Connected Breathwork as a Tool for Better Health
Breathwork has been growing in popularity of late as a way of providing a lifelong tool for better health and future self-healing by changing the way you breathe consciously and efficiently. But changing your breathing patterns isn’t something that just happens involuntarily.
On a physical level, the most efficient way to breathe is using your diaphragm, taking a long deep inhale before exhaling. This expands your respiratory system providing more oxygen to the body, which in turn massages your internal organs and activates the body’s lymphatic system. This flow of oxygen also removes toxins, nourishing cells with oxygen-rich blood which promotes a healthy immune system.
Breathing Through Emotions
The way you breathe can change dramatically depending on emotion and your state of mind.
People who have experienced trauma or suffer from other anxiety disorders often tend to hold their breath often or breathe in a shallow and erratic way, which is actually the body’s way of avoiding emotional distress and traumatic memories.
However, this does not promote good health and these unprocessed emotions become stored in our body and also in our respiratory system as fear, tension or pain, which in turn exacerbates mental and emotional difficulties.
Naturally, carrying around such unprocessed emotions prevents you from living as freely as possible, causing mental health issues and negative, or self-sabotaging behaviours. Correct deep breathing techniques, will provide a way for you to release those suppressed or repressed traumatic memories, freeing you from such behaviours and the painful emotions associated with them. This also allows us to connect to our authentic self, promoting self-compassion.
In addition, there is a long history of altering the breath as a means to enter expanded and ‘non-ordinary’ states of consciousness, similar to techniques like chanting and prayer recitation, shamanic journeying, ingesting plant medicines or psychedelics, or even ‘flow state’ experiences catalysed by meditation, running, surfing, or other activities in which the constant barrage of mental rumination suspends and there’s greater sense of clarity, absorption, oneness, and peace.
Of course, there is another aspect at play in altered state experiences that we have yet to understand through neuropsychology – consciousness. Breathwork clients have reported experiences of seeing loved ones or pets who have crossed over, visions that illuminate aspects of creation and reality, visitations from spirit helpers and guides, and deeper understanding of past and present relationships, path and purpose in life, etc. These types of experiences can have life changing impacts, and as many have described, these states can feel like years worth of therapy in one, 60-minute journey.
Connected Breathwork and the Emotional Release
With regular practice you will be capable of healing yourself naturally, enabling you to live a better life free of your repressed emotions and the negative anchors which are held in each part of your body. Incredibly, your breathing pattern is actually as unique as your fingerprint and the way you breathe is one of the strongest indications of what lies beneath in your unconscious.
Identifying how your breath and body communicates can quickly get to the root of any underlying problems, and this means breathwork is especially good for people who find it difficult to express their emotions on a mental level.
Once your breathing patterns have been analysed, you’ll be shown methods that promote fully connected, diaphragmatic breath through conscious breathing, utilising the senses of touch and sound, in addition to movement and positive affirmations. These techniques allow the whole respiratory system to be opened up, encouraging a greater sense of well-being and a more balanced and harmonious state of mind, and through regular practice you will be better equipped to accept and deal with negative emotional states, whilst also accessing your compassionate, authentic self.
Self Healing Services
Below you’ll find a few of my more popular services. Please get in touch for further information and let me explain what I can do for you.
I offer individual and couple sessions in South London, SW9, SE24, and SW2. I am available at weekdays, weekends and evenings.
The goal of these levels is to use the Breath to create powerful and permanent personal transformation in a relatively short period.
We are gathering to breathe and meditate during the full moon. It is a free event and we welcome everybody who have never done breathwork.
Upcoming Events & Workshops
Below you’ll find any upcoming events and workshops you may wish to attend. Please note that at the moment these are being held online due to current lockdown restrictions. Please get in touch for further information or to let me explain what I can do for you.
A Rejuvenation Breathing Space Urban Escape with 2 full Transformational Breath Sessions
Saturday, April 8, 2023 from 10:30 am to 04:00 pm
An introduction to Transformational Breath
We will be covering the basics of the technique, details below, and then you will receive 2 full facilitated breath sessions.
Professional Facilitator Training Program Level IV (Part A) with Dr Judith Kravitz (Creator of Transformational Breath®)
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 to Monday, April 24, 2023 – all day
The Certification Programme Level IV-A is the first part of the Transformational Breath Certified Facilitator Training.
During this intensive seven-day training you will develop the skills to work with individual clients.
Whatever your requirements, I’d love to hear from you. Please click the button below to get in touch, or call me on 07944 532456.