Integration sessions are necessary for many people who have experiences in non-ordinary states of consciousness. Access to these experiences may be spontaneous or induced by practices such as plant medicine work, Holotropic Breathwork, meditation, or vision quests, among others. These experiences tend to impact the whole organism at the physical, emotional, mental, and existential levels, requiring a safe container to be processed and assimilated into daily life. This can be particularly helpful when people feel open, incomplete, or still dwelling in the state after the most intense experience is over.
The techniques used for integration vary depending upon the needs of the person, including sharing, framing of the experience, bodywork, movement, the expressive arts, and dietary recommendations, among others.
Holotropic Breathwork is a powerful method for healing and self-discovery that relies upon the inherent drive for wholeness within each individual. It was developed by Dr. Stanislav Grof, M.D., one of the founders of transpersonal psychology, and his wife Christina. HB is based on insights drawn from modern consciousness research, transpersonal psychology, anthropology, Eastern spiritual practices and mystical traditions from around the world.