Science of the Breath
This paper is an analysis of the physiological features of breathing, looking for assumptions of scientific effectiveness of breathwork.
New discoveries in neuroscience have lead to a much better understanding of the human psyche. Although the human mind can’t be studied under a microscope, or even placed anywhere in the body, by studying the biology of the brain and body, science has learnt a lot about how the human mind and psyche develops. This in turn has lead to what can be described as a major turning point in psychotherapy. For body- oriented psychotherapy such as Breathwork, this is very promising since it can mean that Breathwork can finally start to play a role in mainstream psychotherapy.
Cancer is believed to have multiple, interacting causes. Many interdependent factors, such as environmental pollution, unhealthy life styles (e.g. tobacco smoking), improper diet, chronic stress, etc., in various combinations can contribute to the development of cancer. Cancer is treated in many ways, but most of them, through failing to take into account the complexity of cancer causes, do not produce satisfying results. This paper offers a rationale for the use of a little known breathing technique as a holistic, complementary treatment of cancer.