Wim Hof Breathwork
Helping You Take Control of Your Mind and Body
What If You Could Naturally Control What Seems Uncontrollable?
You’re never quite sure when a panic attack, anxiety attack, or trauma flashback will occur, making these involuntary responses to depression, anxiety, stress, or trauma even more frightening. Sometimes you aren’t even sure what triggers your fight or flight response, but suddenly you feel like you can’t breathe. Your heart starts racing, and you almost feel like you’re having an out-of-body experience, a heart attack, or both. It’s scary and embarrassing, and you have no way to make these attacks stop.
There’s a way to:
- Lessen the symptoms of depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder
- Learn to regulate your nervous system, so you can calmly cope with a triggering situation
- Cope with symptoms naturally, without medication
- Strengthen your feelings of safety and self-agency
Wim Hof Breathwork Puts You in Control
Wim Hof Breathwork is a specific pattern of breathing scientifically proven to calm the nervous system and help people become more resilient to stress, making them feel more control of their mental and physical selves. Wim Hof, a Dutch extreme athlete, founded the approach, which focuses on reconnecting the body to its natural environment and flooding it with oxygen.
Wim Hof Breathwork only takes 15 minutes to work, although some stretch it to 30. It requires you to take 30-40 deep breaths in a pattern, then perform a pattern of holding your breath. You can repeat the cycle as many times as necessary.
When used for mental health treatment, Wim Hof Breathwork induces a fight or flight state that you can then process and work through. Working through this response in a controlled environment teaches you how to respond when it happens outside of a breathwork session.
Wim Hof Breathwork also helps people with chronic pain or inflammation and strengthens your immune system while giving you more energy and reducing stress levels.
Treatment with Integrative Life Center
Integrative Life Center patients have individualized treatment plans to best suit their needs, and Wim Hof Breathwork is one of these treatment options.
ILC partners with the only certified Wim Hof instructor in Tennessee to lead the sessions. In that way, ILC patients can add Wim Hof Breathwork to the tools they gain from treatment that they can continue using in their regular lives as needed.
Like all other treatments at ILC, breathwork training is heart-centered, focusing empathetically on you as a unique individual.
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