Break Through with Breathwork: Jump-Starting Personal Growth in Counseling and the Healing Arts

Break Through with Breathwork: Jump-Starting Personal Growth in Counseling and the Healing Arts

by Jim Morningstar Ph.D.

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When working with trauma and chronic health issues, it can often seem like the healing process gets stuck or is producing only minimal progress. In this groundbreaking book, clinical psychologist Jim Morningstar, PhD, shows therapists, bodyworkers, and other health care professionals how to achieve remarkable breakthroughs with their clients using the power of Therapeutic Breathwork.  

Unlike more commonly known mindfulness breathwork techniques—which typically only involve slower-than-normal breathing—Therapeutic Breathwork is designed to also include faster-than-normal breathing (35–75 breaths per minute) to enervate the sympathetic nervous system. This is especially useful in helping to release blocks that arise while working through difficult emotional issues, including PTSD, addiction, depression, and anxiety. While traditional talk therapy can take many years, sometimes decades, to produce minimal relief, Therapeutic Breathwork can help facilitate astonishing breakthroughs within a single session. Morningstar explains how therapists can reinforce these breakthroughs with additional techniques for self-regulation, dramatically reducing recovery time and often resolving challenges that might never have been worked through in standard practice. Break Through with Breathwork is an accessible and thorough introduction to one of the most powerful tools in supporting health and wellbeing, reducing stress, and stimulating deep emotional and spiritual growth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623171629
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 439,680
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

JIM MORNINGSTAR, PhD, is a pioneer in the integration of psychotherapy with mind-body techniques such as breathwork and bio-spiritual energetics. A licensed clinical psychologist since 1973, Morningstar is the originator of Therapeutic Breathwork and the founder of Transformations, a school of Integrative Psychology, as well as InWellness, which teaches organizations how to implement whole-person wellness programs for their employees. He is also the co-director of the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance (, setting ethical and training standards for the field of dyadic breathwork. He teaches workshops and training seminars internationally.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 Breath in the Consulting Room 1

Chapter 2 Principles of Therapeutic Breathwork Facilitation in Counseling and Community 11

Chapter 3 The Evolution of Therapy and Breathwork 29

Chapter 4 Therapeutic Breathwork and the Healing of Trauma 71

Chapter 5 Therapeutic Breathwork and Body Themes: An Integrative Approach and Neuroscience Hypotheses to Six Major Breathing Patterns 111

Chapter 6 Therapeutic Breathwork's Application in Life Challenges, Professional Practice, and Conscious Growth 151

Appendix I Global Professional Breathwork Alliance Training's Standards and Ethics 177

Appendix II Breath worker Training 181

Appendix III Breathwork Research Resources 183

Notes 185

Index 191

About the Author 197

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