Our breathwork study researches physiological markers, phenomenology and psychological effects of “immersive breathing”, a family of intensified breathing techniques which are known from yoga, self-experiential workshops and sometimes used in alternative psychotherapy. The best known method using such breathing techniques is “holotropic breathwork” by Stanislav Grof. The investigated physiological markers comprise O2/PCO2 saturation in blood, hormone level etc. Psychological effects under observation will be affect and alertness. Possible connections with personality factors like openess will be investigated.
In the second step we plan to investigate immersive breathing techniques with neuroimaging methods like fMRT (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and fNIRS (Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy). We’ll be combining this with (micro)phenomeological methods.
Becoming a test person
At the moment we are listing subjects and will contact you as soon as the study starts. As subject you are required to have had at least one breathwork session before – contact us for the other criteria for participation. On the second level of the study you’ll be asked to practice the breathing method while keeping your head almost still – which requires some training and discipline.
Write an email to: Dr. med. Andrea Zeuch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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