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The Narcissistic Abuse & Trauma Recovery Podcast – Narcissistic Abuse & Breath Work – A Practical Guide To Calming Your Emotions

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In this episode of “The Narcissistic Abuse & Trauma Recovery Podcast,” the host delves into the topic of narcissistic abuse and explores the role of breath work in healing from trauma. By sharing awareness, understanding, and education about the effects of narcissistic abuse, the host aims to empower listeners on their journey towards recovery and post-traumatic growth.

Main Takeaways

Understanding Narcissistic Abuse

  • Narcissistic abuse can cause dissociation and disconnection from the body.
  • The body is always working to protect us, even when we feel bad.
  • Healing from trauma requires somatic work, not just talking or time.
  • Narcissistic abuse triggers our perception of danger, leading to a fight-flight-freeze response even when we are not in actual danger.
  • As children, we interpret events and behaviors around us as a reflection of ourselves, creating a core wound that triggers our version of danger.

The Role of Breath Work in Healing

  • Breathing techniques can shift the nervous system state by toning the vagus nerve.
  • The vagus nerve has two parts: ventral (calming and safe) and dorsal (freeze response).
  • The dorsal vagal part is already robust within our system when we are born, while the ventral part needs recognition to develop.
  • Trauma responses affect our breathing, with shallow chest breathing in fight-flight and freeze.
  • Breath work can shift our nervous system state back into a state of presence and ventral vagal.

Breath Work Techniques for Healing

  • Using the 5-8 breath technique can help us feel safe and extend our exhalation.
  • Placing a hand on the belly while breathing can help deepen breaths.
  • Shallow breathing is a trauma response and indicates a lack of presence in the current moment.
  • Breathwork can help fully expand and open up the chest during breathing.
  • The Voo breath and VU breath are techniques for toning the vagus nerve and shifting nervous system states.

Empowering Healing and Recovery

  • Healing from narcissistic abuse involves somatic healing from childhood.
  • Doing breath work daily can lead to subtle changes in emotional coping abilities.
  • Being intentional with your own healing is important.
  • Join the Narcissistic Abuse and Trauma Recovery for Women Facebook group for support.
  • Bringing intention and awareness to our breath can help us move from post-traumatic stress to post-traumatic growth.


The Impact of Narcissistic Abuse and the Healing Power of Breath Work

Narcissistic abuse can have profound effects on our well-being, causing dissociation and triggering fight-flight-freeze responses even when we are not in danger. Healing from this trauma requires somatic work, and breath work provides a powerful tool for shifting our nervous system states. By toning the vagus nerve through breath work techniques such as the 5-8 breath and Voo breath, we can move from a state of hyper-vigilance and shallow breathing to a state of presence and relaxation. This intentional healing process empowers us to recover from the core wounds created by narcissistic abuse and move towards post-traumatic growth.


Through the exploration of narcissistic abuse and the integration of breath work techniques, this episode of “The Narcissistic Abuse & Trauma Recovery Podcast” highlights the importance of somatic healing in recovering from trauma. By bringing intention and awareness to our breath, we can shift our nervous system states, find a deep sense of peace, and ultimately thrive after the trauma of narcissistic abuse. Remember, you are not alone in this journey, and healing is possible.

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