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Breathwork

Breathwork is the intentional manipulation of one's breath to help you transform your current state, improve emotional processing, and connect to a deeper sense of purpose.

 “Breathwork is the use of Breath Awareness and Conscious Breathing for healing and growth, personal awakening, and transformation in spirit, mind, and body.” - Dan Brulé 

Everyone requires air to breathe.
Everyone can benefit from breathwork.

  • Are you in chronic pain and can't sit still? 

  • Do you struggle to get out of bed and move into action?

  • Are caught in a cycle of anger?

  • Is fear, anxiety or depression running your life?

  • Do you lack purpose or struggle to feel joy?

Breath is the foundation of everything. PERIOD. It affects your nervous system, hormones, heart rate, emotions, ability to think, and even your ability to heal. 

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Breathwork isn't one-size-fits-all. 

Everyone requires air to breathe, but not all breathwork styles are suitable for everyone. This is why finding the right type of breathwork is key to being able to take in the benefits and successfully integrate them into your life.

 

The goal of breathwork is to stretch the nervous system, not stress it. We will collaborate to identify the right breathwork style for your current needs, whether you’re looking for a more intense, active approach or prefer a less active approach, such as down-regulating breathwork, or want to correct dysfunctional breathing patterns in your body in order to improve your health and address symptoms such as chronic pain. Just like in my other practices, I prioritize listening to your body and determining what is most supportive and beneficial for you as the client.

Breathwork is...

Structural Repair and Movement

Meditation

Emotional Processing

Trauma Recovery

Emotional & Mental Healing

Spiritual Practice

Your breathing can nurture your entire being – but first, you need to know how to optimize your breathing. That’s where Breathwork can help.

Join a Breathwork session online or in-person at Iron Crane Yoga

Group sessions may not be for everyone. If you prefer a slower, more personalized approach, I offer personal and small group sessions online. If you’re near Tucson, Arizona, join us for a live, in-person session at Iron Crane Yoga!

"If the movement of the breath is restricted or distorted in some way all other patterns of movement and consciousness will also be restricted. Breathing better doesn’t happen through forceful movement. Breathing is both a process that happens unconsciously and a process that can be controlled. We want to come to a place where we simply become conscious of being breathed." - Donna Farhi

Ready for a TransformationalBreathwork journey?

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What is a transformational breathwork journey?

Transformational Breathwork is just one of the types of breathwork I use with clients. It is intended to be a more intense style of breathwork aimed at 

elevating oxygen levels within the body through activating breathing techniques. We start nice and slow in the beginning while keeping our breath deep. I will be guiding and supporting you with my voice during the entire session. I incorporate music into the session and as the music intensity builds up, our breath intensity will build. 

What can you expect in a Transformational Breathwork session?

During a session, you might encounter symptoms like tingling in your hands, feet, and face, dizziness, muscle tightness (known as "tetany"), and emotional release. These reactions are normal and harmless. If you experience them, you have two options: push through the discomfort to reap the rewards and build resilience, or slow down your breathing to regain balance and control, as you're always in charge of the pace during this practice. Breathwork is all about depth over speed, so you get to determine how fast you want to go.

 

It's a journey worth embracing, even when your mind resists.

What are the benefits of Transformational Breathwork?

One of the outcomes of this more active style of breathwork is that we are promoting vasodilation, which means our blood vessels are expanding and more blood flow and oxygen is reaching our muscles, tissues and cells.

In addition, the activity in our prefrontal cortex slows and when this happens, our mind starts to quiet. It shuts down the monkey mind, that constant chatter in our heads, and it allows you to move beyond it into a deeper state of awareness. This deeper, clearer, quieter mental state is one of the most powerful aspects of a Transformational Breathwork journey.

Transformational Breathwork also has an incredible capacity for somatic healing. It is a tool to help us move emotions that are stuck or trapped in our body and release them--anger, grief, anxiety, depression.

Compassion, patience, & expertise

"Jen is by far the best therapist I've had, and I've had many. What stands out are her compassion, perception, patience and expertise. When I started with her, in just a few months I felt significantly better. I had chronic pain for ten years; now it's noticeably better. I owe Jen a debt of gratitude. I'll never forget her."


- L.A. 

How We’ll Work Together

Healing and growth is a journey, not a destination.

And I’m here to help you on that journey. 

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Join a session online or in-person at Iron Crane Yoga in Tucson, AZ. 

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Find a breathwork practice that’s beneficial to you.

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Learn to regulate your nervous system and connect more deeply with yourself.

  • Are there contraindications for breathwork?
    There are many different breathwork approaches that can help you achieve the goals you’re working toward and it is important to note that Breathwork has been deemed safe by the scientific and medical community as long as you are fit to practice. Below are the primary contraindications that let us know we need to make some adjustments in order for you to do this work safely: Cardiovascular related health issues Low or high blood pressure Hypertension If anyone is pregnant If you have asthma History of epilepsy or seizures If you just got out of a recent surgery On any heavy duty medications Or have any diagnosed mental health issues? (i.e. schizophrenia, bi polar, etc.) Having a contraindication doesn't mean you can't do breathwork! In fact, I have low blood pressure so I'm on that list! What it means is that when I do breathwork, I have to do it differently. I don't breathe through my mouth. I breathe through my nose to lower the intensity. And it still works, I still get the benefit. I strongly advise you to consult with your healthcare providers and inform me of any health concerns before participating in a breathwork session. In all cases, we will collaborate to find the breathwork style that is both beneficial and healing for you!
  • How do I prepare for a breathwork session?
    For an effective breathwork session, whether in person with us in Tucson, AZ or virtually, create a quiet and comfortable environment in a room away from distractions, wear loose and warm clothing, and keep a blanket handy. Prioritize an empty stomach or light meal to avoid discomfort, and ensure you're well-hydrated. Approach the session with an open mind, knowing that practice will enhance your technique, and remember, I'm here to guide and support you throughout the experience.
  • How do I know if we’re a good fit?
    I offer a 15 minute complimentary introductory call over Zoom or phone. This helps us get to know each other to make sure you feel comfortable with me and the processes that I use in my practice. You can email, call or text me if you'd like to set this up. Jen Meller j@jmeller.com 503-890-9435

Frequently Asked Questions

It's time to live more deeply connected to yourself

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