Breathwork is a type of practice that involves intentionally controlling and regulating your breath. It can be used for various purposes, including meditation, stress relief, and anxiety reduction. However, many people report feeling strange or uncomfortable after a breathwork session. This blog post will explore why this might happen and provide tips for managing post-breathwork sensations.

So why do people feel weird after breathwork? In short, breathwork can cause hyperventilation, changes in body chemistry, and emotional release. These factors can all contribute to discomfort or strangeness after a breathwork session.

Reasons Why People May Feel Weird After Breathwork


Hyperventilation is a condition that occurs when you breathe too quickly or too deeply, causing a decrease in carbon dioxide levels in the blood. This can lead to symptoms such as lightheadedness, tingling in the hands and feet, and a feeling of tightness in the chest. During breathwork, it’s common to breathe deeply and rapidly, which can result in hyperventilation. To manage this, it’s important to slow down your breathing or take a break if necessary.

Change in Body Chemistry

Breathwork can also cause changes in the body’s chemistry, such as increased oxygen and decreased carbon dioxide. These changes can affect the body in various ways, such as causing muscle spasms or dizziness. To manage the effects of changes in body chemistry, it’s important to drink plenty of water and rest after a breathwork session.

Emotional Release

Another reason why people may feel weird after breathwork is because it can lead to emotional release. The practice can help you release pent-up emotions such as anxiety, fear, or sadness. However, this can also result in feelings of vulnerability or emotional exhaustion. To manage emotional release, it’s important to practice self-care and reach out to a mental health professional if necessary.

Tips to Manage Post-Breathwork Sensations

Rest and Rehydrate

One of the most important things you can do after a breathwork session is to rest and rehydrate. This can help your body recover from the physical and emotional strain of the practice. Make sure to drink plenty of water and get enough sleep.

Gentle Movement and Stretching

Gentle movement and stretching can also be helpful after a breathwork session. This can help to release tension in the body and improve circulation. Some good options include yoga, walking, or stretching exercises.

Breathwork Coaching

Finally, if you’re experiencing discomfort or strange sensations after breathwork, seeking professional breathwork coaching may be helpful. A qualified coach can help you learn how to manage these sensations and get the most out of your practice.

Breathwork can be a powerful tool for managing stress, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. However, it’s important to understand that it can also lead to discomfort or strange sensations. By practising self-care, seeking professional coaching, and staying aware of your body’s needs, you can enjoy the many benefits of breathwork without feeling weird or uncomfortable.

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