Breathwork is Dangerous

May 17, 2022
Woman Breathing In Front of Waterfall

Breathwork is dangerous

Breathwork has been trending and gaining popularity for the last few years, and like any other practice Western culture appropriates, we are royally screwing it up.

Most current 'Breath Work' trends stem from ancient practices - think Tummo, Wim Hof, box breathing and Holotropic breath work.

These techniques often involve 1 or more of the following:
- breath holds
- mouth breathing
- fast breathing
- taking large full breaths

The purpose is to achieve altered states of consciousness or 'deep healing'

However what many don't realise is that these techniques cause an intense stress response in the body and are highly advanced

Studies report that 9/10 adults (in the western world) have dysfunctional breathing problems.

And when we have poor breathing we are often unaware of it.

And getting a person with poor breathing to do advanced techniques, can and often does, lead to disaster (such as strokes, seizures or people being triggered into pre-longed traumatic states)

Additionally 'Breathwork' can damage the development of an unborn baby or even cause loss of a pregnancy - it should NEVER be done if you are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant

One of the key issues with breath work is many of the 'practitioners' remain in the esoteric space and are not educated re the science of breathing or medical advice (such as who and who should not participate in a breathwork session).

Additionally many of these 'practitioners' make outlandish promises, such as "this will heal your trauma", which is blatantly not true.

Trauma causes physical, emotional and psychological injury which cannot be magically healed by any one thing. It takes time, a lot of work and energy and multiple forms of support/treatment.

Yes breathwork can be powerful (in the right setting) and can help is some ways but it will not magically heal you.

And on top of that, many of these 'practitioners' are not trained psychotherapists so they would not be equipped to help if you did uncover trauma in a session. 

If you are breathwork curious, my number one recommendation is - improve your breath health with a functional breathing practitioner.

When you do this, not only will you experience all the benefits Ive previously listed in my posts but you will also be able to heavily reduce your own stress levels regularly, so you have the power to breathe yourself calm any where, any time.

Which, let's be honest, we could also benefit from feeling calmer.

Reach out if you have any questions, I'm always up for a chat -


ps. as breath work was 'designed' for men, women should take extra care to work with someone who understands the complexities of breathwork and the female body.