What is Conscious Connected Breathing?

Conscious: We do too many things unconsciously, almost instinctively; we breathe "normally" and pretty much take it for granted. In fact, often when we are stressed or panicked we actually stop breathing. In the CCB process we focus on our breathing. It becomes a circular technique by which we allow the breath to move in an unrestricted way taking in as much oxygen as possible.

Breathing: The key here is that the entire process occurs naturally; we reduce and release anxiety and stress in a drug free manner. CCB is a safe, effective and permanent healing technique and it opens the door to self-awareness, self acceptance and self-love.

Connected: Here we keep the flow of the breathing (inhaling and exhaling) going in a natural unbroken rhythm. This creates an opening to the subconscious mind and allows stored suppression to surface. These often are negatively repressed emotions, memories and energy blockages. As these arise into our conscious awareness, we then have the opportunity to relax into and accept whatever, wherever, and however it is happening, thereby integrating (healing) them at the cellular level quickly, effectively and permanently.

Breathwork Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is CCB done individually or in groups?
It can be efficacious in both settings depending on the objectives and desired results. The process takes about two hours. I've often facilitated groups of 5 - 15 participants as a way of introducing them to the process and to assist them in enjoying immediate results. The participants have generally, consistently reported a considerable drop in tension and stress and can see immediate applications in their work and life. Those who want to pursue issues more deeply often sign up for more one-on-one sessions. This would usually consist of 10 - 15 sessions over a three to four month period.

Q. How long have you been doing CCB and how did you get started?
It has been a lifelong experience of learning and integrating. I began in 1985 after a trip to India. My initial training was in Dallas, TX with Phil Laut, author and teacher of this technique. I am a certified Level III Professional Breathworker through Jim Morningstar and the Transformations Breathwork Training Program in Milwaukee and a member of the International Breathwork Training Alliance. Over the last 25 years, I have facilitated CCB for over 5,000 people nationally and internationally.

Q. What is the cost involved in doing this process?
Please see my rates page.

Q. What results can I expect?
What most people experience is:

  • Taking responsibility for their lives
  • Accepting themselves and their past experiences
  • Real connection to their Breath
  • Letting-go of past hurts
  • Greater willingness to go through fear
  • Greater sense of peace and relaxation

Q. Why is CCB particularly beneficial to massage therapists?
In addition to being a breathworker I'm a nationally certified and LA state licensed (#0076) massage therapist myself. I noticed that although we help our clients release their bodily tension and mental stress, we may not always be very good at taking care of ourselves physically and emotionally. That's why I tailored these sessions for massage therapists: hands on (literally), purely experiential, and using concepts and language easily understood.

Q. How can this technique benefit students and practitioners of massage therapy in working with clients?
Being an effective therapist isn't just about what techniques you have to share with your clients. Even more important is who you are; how present, how available and how clear you are as a person. The greatest healing tool you bring to the table is You. The more connected you are to your breath, the more present you are. The more present you are, the less you are a victim to your past or the future and the freer to be totally available to your client.

Q. How long have you been working with massage therapists?
I have done individual sessions over the last 15 years on the Gulf Coast and have co-lead the LA state approved workshop "Conscious Caregiving" with a CCB component. I have received requests to broaden the experience to the Midwest. For example, I have been working with the Flint School of Therapeutic Massage as part of their self-care program, introducing students to the power of breath in their lives as a healing tool for themselves and working with clients. The results have been greatly rewarding.

Diana Morgan, Owner/Director of the school says: "I originally brought the CCB to my Massage school in the form of an optional workshop as an experiment to see how the students would react. The response from the students was so positive that I now have Conscious Connected Breathing meshed into my curriculum and it is everyone's favorite workshop. Jack is a phenomenal breathwork facilitator and has brought wonderful energy into our school."

If you have any questions that have not been answered, please contact me.