Contraindications of breathwork

This contraindication information was provided by The Jon Paul Crimi School of Breathing.  Like most types of therapy, Breathwork isn't appropriate for everyone.  It is also important to note that a contraindication for some types of Breathwork may not be one for another.  For example, types of breathwork that use rapid breathing may be very risky for someone with certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular issues, a recent surgery, or osteoporosis.  However, a type of Breathwork that utilizes a more gently and relaxed form of breathing may be perfectly safe, and even beneficial.  It's recommended that you consult with your healthcare provider (including any mental health providers) and consult with the Breathwork practitioner before participating in any form of Breathwork.

Following is a list of some of the most common contraindications for Breathwork:
  





 




 





 

  • Cardiovascular problems

  • High or abnormal blood pressure

  • History of aneurisms or family history of aneurism

  • Epilepsy or history of seizures

  • Anyone on heavy medication

  • Severe psychiatric symptoms, particularly psychosis or paranoia

  • Bipolar depression

  • Osteoporosis

  • Recent surgery

  • Glaucoma

  • Pregnancy without approval from primary care physician

  • An active addiction

  • Any person with mental illness who isn't in treatment or lacks adequate support

  • Retinal detachment

  • Asthma- bring your inhaler and approval from primary care physician