Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy

Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy

by Stanislav Grof, Christina Grof
     
 

ISBN-10: 143843393X

ISBN-13: 9781438433936

Pub. Date: 08/01/2010

Publisher: State University of New York Press

The definitive overview of this transformative breathwork.

In this long awaited book, Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof describe their groundbreaking new form of self-exploration and psychotherapy: Holotropic Breathwork. Holotropic means ‘moving toward wholeness,’ from the Greek holos ( whole) and trepein (moving in the direction of). The

Overview

The definitive overview of this transformative breathwork.

In this long awaited book, Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof describe their groundbreaking new form of self-exploration and psychotherapy: Holotropic Breathwork. Holotropic means ‘moving toward wholeness,’ from the Greek holos ( whole) and trepein (moving in the direction of). The breathwork utilizes the remarkable healing and transformative potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. These states engender a rich array of experiences with unique healing potential—reliving childhood memories, infancy, birth and prenatal life, and elements from the historical and archetypal realms of the collective unconscious. Induced by very simple means—a combination of accelerated breathing, evocative music, and bodywork in a safe and supportive setting, Holotropic Breathwork integrates the insights from modern consciousness research, depth psychology, transpersonal psychology, anthropology, Eastern spiritual practices, and mystical traditions. The Grofs’ work with holotropic states of consciousness has introduced revolutionary changes to psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy. Written in a clear, easily understandable style, this indispensable book summarizes their remarkable insights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438433936
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
SUNY series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology Series
Pages:
243
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments

1. Historical Roots of Holotropic Breathwork

Sigmund Freud and the dawn of depth psychology
Humanistic psychology and experiential therapies
The advent of psychedelic therapy
Abraham Maslow, Anthony Sutich, and the birth of transpersonal psychology

2. Theoretical Foundations of Holotropic Breathwork

Holotropic states of consciousness
Dimensions of the human psyche
The nature, function, and architecture of emotional and psychosomatic disorders
Effective therapeutic mechanisms
Strategy of psychotherapy and self-exploration
The role of spirituality in human life
The nature of reality: Psyche, cosmos, and consciousness

3. Essential Components of Holotropic Breathwork

The healing power of breath
The therapeutic potential of music
The use of releasing bodywork
Supportive and nourishing physical contact
Mandala drawing: The expressive power of art

4. The Practice of Holotropic Breathwork

Use of Holotropic Breathwork in individual sessions and groups
Setting and interpersonal support system
Theoretical preparation of participants
Screening for physical and emotional contraindications
Practical instructions for breathwork sessions
Preparation for the session and the relaxation exercise
Conducting Holotropic Breathwork sessions
The spectrum of holotropic experiences
The role of the facilitators
Mandala drawing and the processing groups

5. Integration of the Breathwork Experience and Follow-Up Work

Creating conditions for optimal integration
Easing the transition to everyday life
Conducting follow-up interviews
Using various methods complementing Holotropic Breathwork

6. Trials and Tribulations of Holotropic Breathwork Facilitators

Encounter with the military junta in Buenos Aires
Competing with the exhibition of Doberman pinschers
Culture-bound challenges for Holotropic Breathwork facilitators
Technological ordeals in Holotropic Breathwork sessions
The pisspot, oinking piglets, and smoldering Kleenexes
Supreme ordeal Down Under
Conducting Holotropic Breathwork in adversarial settings

7. Therapeutic Potential of Holotropic Breathwork

Healing of emotional and psychosomatic disorders
Favorable effect on physical diseases
Effect on personality, worldview, life strategy, and hierarchy of values
Potential for healing of cultural wounds and historical conflict resolution

8. Therapeutic Mechanisms Operating in Holotropic Breathwork

Intensification of conventional therapeutic mechanisms
Dynamic shifts in the psyche’s governing systems
The therapeutic potential of the death-rebirth process
The therapeutic mechanisms on the transpersonal level
Healing as a movement toward wholeness

9. Physiological Mechanisms Involved in Holotropic Breathwork

Biochemical and physiological changes
Holotropic Breathwork and the “hyperventilation syndrome”
Psychodynamics of psychosomatic disorders

10. Past, Present, and Future of Holotropic Breathwork

Training of Holotropic Breathwork facilitators
Holotropic Breathwork and the academic community
Benefits of the holotropic perspective
Holotropic states of consciousness and the current global crisis

APPENDIX 1: Special Situations and Interventions in Holotropic Breathwork Sessions

The experience of choking and of pressure on the chest
Experience of muscular tensions and spasms
Problems related to blockages in the genital area, sex, and nudity
Overactive, erratic, and aggressive behavior
Working with demonic energy
Excessive self-control and inability to let go
Working with nausea and the tendency to vomit
Standing and dancing in the sessions
Reliving the memory of biological birth

APPENDIX 2: Holotropic Breathwork and Other Breathing Techniques

Bibliography
Index
About Grof Transpersonal Training

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