Holotropic Breathwork: A New Experiential Method of Psychotherapy and Self-Exploration

Stanislav Grof

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馃嚞馃嚙: Holotropic Breathwork: A New Experiential Method of Psychotherapy and Self-Exploration

馃嚜馃嚫: Respiraci贸n Holotr贸pica: un Nuevo M茅todo Experiencial de Psicoterapia y Auto-Exploraci贸n

Author/Autor: Stanislav Grof
Language/Idioma: English


Holotropic breathwork is an experiential method of psychotherapy and self-exploration that Stanislav and Christina Grof developed at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, in the mid - 1970s. This approach induces deep holotropic states of consciousness by a combination of very simple means: accelerated breathing, evocative music, and a technique of bodywork that helps to release residual bioenergetic and emotional blocks. This paper describes the essential components of holotropic breathwork and the course of a holotropic sesi贸n, and summarized the complementary approaches that can facilitate a good integration and follow-up of the sesi贸n. Furthermore, this paper describes briefly the therapeutic potential of this technique, and also consider the physiological and biochemical mechanisms that migth be involved in the effects that holotropic breathwork as on consciousness.


La respiraci贸n holotr贸pica es un m茅todo experimental de psicoterapia y autoexploraci贸n desarrollado por Stanislav y Christina Grof en el Instituto Esalen en Big Sur, California, a mediados de los a帽os 1970. Este enfoque induce profundos estados holotr贸picos de consciencia por una combinaci贸n de medios muy simples: respiraci贸n acelerada, m煤sica evocativa, y una t茅cnica de trabajo corporal que ayuda a liberar bloqueos bioenerg茅ticos y emocionales residuales. Este art铆culo describe los componentes esenciales de la respiraci贸n holotr贸pica y el curso de una sesi贸n holotr贸pica, y resume los enfoques complementarios que pueden facilitar una buena integraci贸n y seguimiento de la sesi贸n. Adem谩s, este art铆culo describe brevemente el potencial terap茅utico de esta t茅cnica, as铆 como los mecanismos fisiol贸gicos y bioqu铆micos que pueden estar involucrados en los efectos que la respiraci贸n holotr贸pica produce sobre la conciencia.

Keywords/Palabras Clave:

馃嚞馃嚙: Holotropic Breathwork, psychotherapy, self-exploration, holotropic states of consciousness, bodywork

馃嚜馃嚫: respiraci贸n holotr贸pica, psicoterapia, auto-exploraci贸n, estados holotr贸picos de consciencia, trabajo corporal

Pages/P谩ginas: 7-24
Date of Publication/Fecha de Publicaci贸n: June 30th, 2014

Grof, S. (2014). Holotropic Breathwork: A new experiential method of psychotherapy and self-exploration. Journal of Transpersonal Research, 6(1), 7-24