Grof Holotropic Breathwork ™

Stan and Christina Grof Grof Holotropic Breathwork™ is a powerful approach to self-exploration and healing, developed by Dr Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof. The technique was derived from modern consciousness research, anthropology, various depth psychologies, transpersonal psychology, Eastern spiritual practices, mystical traditions of the world and shamanic and spiritual practices.

Holotropic Breathwork is a very simple method which supports natural healing and growth through the direct experience of expanded states of consciousness. Holotropic Breathwork is a powerful approach to self-exploration and healing and is a very simple practice: it combines accelerated breathing with evocative music in a special set and setting.

With the eyes closed and lying on a mat, each person uses their own breath and the music in the room to enter an expanded state of awareness.  This can allow material from the unconscious to surface.  The process activates the natural inner healing wisdom of our own psyche, bringing us a particular set of internal experiences which can help in gaining deep levels of awareness and insight, enabling the individual to connect and embrace those parts which may have become blocked or disconnected. The experience is unique to each individual.

One of the things that we have found to be important is the ability to really trust the process and be open to what your inner healing brings

Holotropic Breathwork can support individuals to:

  • Feel more complete and reduce the thrill or need for something more that that we often search for using various addictive behaviours which may include the use of drugs, love and sex, gambling, spending etc.
  • Find a safe, natural and supportive way to experience expanded states of consciousness.
  • Deepen their spiritual connection and awareness
  • Work alongside other forms of therapy such as psychotherapy, coaching and craniosacral therapy
  • Begin the healing process where emotional contributors may have been triggers for physical disease or illness.
  • Reduce the frequency and severity of anxiety problems, panic attacks, phobias and OCD.
  • Open, access and unblock creativity, supporting the birth of the authentic self.
  • Release damaging or painful beliefs or assumptions about the inability to make life changes or have choice.

Contraindications for Holotropic Breathwork

There are some physical and psychological conditions that are considered contraindications to doing this work. Holotropic Breathwork is not appropriate for pregnant women, or for people with cardiovascular problems, severe hypertension, recent surgery, broken bones or fractures, acute infectious diseases, epilepsy or mental illness. You will be asked to complete a medical form as part of the registration process for our workshops.