By freeing the breath one learns to breathe through difficult or uncomfortable experiences and feelings where the tendency has been to hold one's breath. Energy from a denied experience can be freed up and released. The after-effects of this can be an enormous sense of relief. Old patterns of holding begin to gently break up and a new sense of aliveness enters as the breath anchors one's self in the present.
Through breath awareness we can find the blockages in our body and by taking our breath to them, work with them and release them. As we become more present, more alive and more aware, we get more in contact with ourselevs and with others.
Breathwork is part of ancient practices such as Yoga (Pranayama), Tibetan Tantric Tummo, Qigong and Tai Chi and other martial arts that use it as techniques for awareness, energy, concentration, relaxation and meditation.