Numa Breathwork.

What Breathwork?

Breathwork is a type of guided conscious breathwork, which is a practice to allow stress and tension in the physiology to become conscious for processing. Breathwork incorporates select theories, principles and techniques from somatic movement practices, somatic psychotherapeutics, and sound healing modalities.

Why would someone see a Breathwork Facilitator?

Those experiencing tension, acute or chronic stress, difficulty breathing ease-fully, chronic pain, feeling like they are ‘stuck’ in old patterns or belief systems, anxiety, and depression. This work is meant to detoxify and improve respiratory function, recognize and resolve limited beliefs, increase capacity for aliveness and pleasure, resolve suppressed and repressed emotions, deepen insight while increasing self-love and acceptance, compassion, joy and trust.

What do sessions look like?

In Breathwork, clients lie on a comfortable mat and are coached into conscious connected breathing. They are guided and supported using sensitive touch (with permission) and related affirmations, recorded music and somatic inquiry. During the session, unconscious material (i.e. tension, emotions) may rise to the surface for integration and transformation. Joy is there every step of the way to support, co-regulate and guide you through the process. Gentler modifications are offered for those experiencing sensitivities such as anxiety and recovering from trauma.

Brooke Zelcer is a Breathwork Facilitator and is an integral member of our circle of care team here at Safe Harbour.

Adina Lakser

Counsellor, Tarot reader

Barbara Balshaw-Dow

Clinical Social Worker/Therapist

Brooke Zelcer

Breathwork Practitioner

Carmen Okhmatovski

Owner-Director, Individual and Relational Therapist

Cheryl LeMay

Social Worker/Therapist

Crystal Van Den Bussche

Clinical Social Worker

Elizabeth Karchut

Craniosacral Practitioner

Jo-Ann Trudeau

Career Counsellor

Kamal Bedi

Individual and Relational Therapist

Laura Enns

Registered Massage Therapist

Linda Pleskach

Career Counsellor

Lisa Kehler

Registered Dietitian (RD), Life & Wellness Coach

Lyana Hoydalo

Clinical Social Worker, EMDR therapist

Melanie Saffie

Registered Massage Therapist

Nan Campbell

Individual and Relational Therapist

Nancy Champagne


Nicole Versluis


Pamela Leech

Collaborative Family Lawyer

Paul Carrick

Therapist and Training Facilitator

Regan Galicia

Yoga Therapist

Simeon de Schepper

Therapy and Counselling, Marriage and Family Therapy

Valerie Weaver

Clinical Social Worker

Wendy McNab

Therapist, Art Therapy Intern

How does this work? What is science behind the method of Numa Breathwork?

Numa Breathwork employs conscious connected breathing (relaxed exhales and no pauses), to allow unprocessed stresses (that one’s physiology hasn’t yet discharged or integrated) to rise to the surface of consciousness for acknowledgement. With guidance, support and a sense of safety, a person is able to address them with corrective experiences while learning from and integrating them.

Interested in more research?

Numa Breathwork is informed by nervous system and trauma research, various conscious breathwork practices and a variety of somatic therapies. For more information about this specific practice, visit Numa Somatics website. For more info about conscious breathwork in general, visit International Breathwork Foundation

Related Links
Breathwork Article
Stephen Porges – Polyvagal Theory: Co Regulation in Therapy

Who developed this approach?

Numa Breathwork was developed by Trevor Yelich
Joy is in current study and on-going mentorship with this teacher.

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