Can Breathwork Help Heal from Disordered Eating?

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Playing Woman Credits Breathwork for Helping her Heal from Disordered Eating

Samantha Skelly joins The Doctors to share how breathwork has helped with her disordered eating.

She shares she has dealt with disordered eating for many years, including issues with her body image, exercise addiction, and says she has been on over 50 diets.

"I had no idea how to eat like a normal person. I was completely disconnected and numbed out," she explains. On a trip to Bali, she learned about breathwork, which she says is similar to meditation. She tells Dr. Ian Smith the practice has been "powerful and transformational" and helped her better listen and trust her body.

Samantha says emotional eating can be healed through breathwork, and detailed how in her book, "Hungry for Happiness, Revised and Updated: Stop Emotional Eating & Start Loving Yourself."

She explains breathwork allows the mind to "release and relax," which she says helps her "to feel deeper into her body." She also tells us breathwork has helped her feel emotions like love, bliss, and contentment, something she feels she previously misunderstood. Samantha tells Dr. Ian Smith the practice of breathwork has healed her emotional eating.

She also believes breathwork can also help people with PTSD, addiction, depression, and anxiety.

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