Breathwork with Robert Froh
What is Breathwork?
Breathwork is a general term for various practices, both ancient and modern, which use the breath as a tool, or vehicle, for healing, insight, and transformation. It is a science and an art. It is therapy but it is more than that, as its use is not confined to therapy alone. Practicing breathwork helps us to become aware of and alleviate physical, mental, and emotional tension.
- Reduce stress, anxiety and depression
- Release toxins
- Improve Sleep
- Alleviate physical, mental and emotional pain
- Release trauma
- Improve digestion
- Explore altered states of consciousness
- Boost immune system
- Increase confidence, self-esteem
Improve personal and professional relationships
Breathwork helps us to reconnect with our inner peace and harmony.
I came to breathwork a few years ago. I had already been doing yoga and meditation daily, and was in therapy for almost twenty years in total. All those years of talk therapy helped me tremendously, they probably saved me. My therapists were my guides, helpers, teachers, and I am forever grateful to all of them. Combined with a daily yoga and meditation practice, I was feeling pretty good most of the time. And yet, I still felt like something was missing in my healing process. I felt an undefinable grief long suppressed, trapped. A rage that resided somewhere in my inner wilderness, like a fierce, angry tiger ready to attack, and fear which shackled and stopped me from being the person I longed to be, from doing the things I wanted to do. Presiding over all this was an overlord, a tyrannic judge, a despotic ruler, the critical king. It seemed that whatever I did or wanted to do, was eventually criticized by this part of myself.
When I first came to breathwork, I understood my story quite well, my inner workings, my strengths, my weaknesses. I knew myself, or so I thought. And yet, in spite of all this self knowledge and therapy, I was still suffering in some deep, hidden untouched places. Trying breathwork for the first time, I was astonished by how powerful it was. Almost immediately I felt a profound transformation. My first session felt like 10 years of therapy! I felt and saw significant improvements. A chronic physical condition I´d had for many years all but disappeared after a session. Artistically, I felt a creativity and inspiration I had never before experienced. I had a lot more energy, I slept better, and I felt an openness and sense of belonging which I had never experienced before to such an extent.
Alchemy of Breath
It wasn´t until I started doing breathwork that I began to experience real, complete healing. I felt I had been given something which was too good not to share. As if by fate or by destiny, I received an invitation from Anthony Abbagnano at Alchemy of Breath to enroll in a Breathwork Facilitator Training Course. I couldn´t resist this call. It was something I wanted to do, something I felt I had to do. The training was demanding, complete, and life-changing. And during those two years, I formed a deep connection with my fellow trainees and with Anthony and our mentors which I will always treasure.
The Mind-Body Connection
I later learned, through my own experience of doing it and through my preparation and readings to become a certified breathworker, that while verbal therapy (psychotherapy) has its place, on its own it´s not always enough. This is where somatic (or body) therapies come in, of which breathwork is one type. I was astonished by how fast, simple and direct it was. I knew then that I had something precious, a great gift, which from now on would always be there for me. In fact, it always was. And it’s there for you too. For this is something which had been there all along, inside of me, inside of you, in and around all of us, the breath. I felt inspired to explore it further, inspired to share it. Inspired to journey with it, both alone and together with others.
Robert Froh is an American artist, teacher and breathworker (breathwork guide) based in Barcelona, Spain.