Lisa McNett can be described as a curious explorer with a lifelong interest in understanding herself and human behavior. This week, she agreed to the interview with Mystic Mag where she shared some interesting information about her work, career, and Breathwork technique.
When did you first know that being a Breathworker was your calling and how did it come about?
I have been working in holistic health since 2007 in various modalities, as a yoga instructor, massage therapist, energy healer (and more). I kept learning new things and earning certifications because while I liked everything I was doing, nothing felt quite like “it”.
I was looking for a new training, and had been aware of breathwork for several years without feeling called to it–until the moment that I was. I felt a sudden pull or calling to learn breathwork–my inner voice was shouting “time for breathwork”.
So I searched around online and found an instructor I resonated with. My first breathwork solidified the calling for me, and when I facilitated my first session I knew I had found my purpose! Breathwork felt like the hub in the center of a wheel, with all the other modalities I practiced connecting in like spokes.
What services do you offer?
As the founder of One Breath Institute, I offer group healing programs and professional breathwork training in Introspective Breathwork™. Our signature healing program, “The Personal Journey”, is a 12-week experience that will change your life.
This program is unlike any other personal development experience you’ve ever had. You will be seen and supported in a way that encourages grounded introspection. You will reconnect with the wisdom held within your body. You will learn how to integrate and embody your experiences. You will become a valued member of an awakened fellowship.
You will become empowered to create your life and to show up in the ways you have always wanted to. The Personal Journey is open to all, and is also the first module of our professional breathwork training, for those who wish to become a Trauma-Informed Introspective Breathwork™ practitioner.
I also offer one-to-one sessions on a limited basis, in-person and online workshops, and as a school we host a free online breathwork session (every Sunday), workshops, retreats, and additional healing programs.
How would you define Breathwork?
“Breathwork” is a general term that covers a variety of different breathwork practices, but generally refers to conscious breathing techniques used as a therapeutic healing modality. At One Breath Institute, we’ve created Introspective Breathwork™, which I’ll share more about here.
The breath literally gives us life, we cannot live beyond a few short minutes without breathing. Think about that, it’s truly incredible! With that in mind, imagine how different your life may be if you consciously invited more life, more life-force energy, into your body?
We tend to go through the motions in life, unconscious of how we’re feeling and what we’re physically and emotionally holding on to. Introspective Breathwork™ helps you reconnect with yourself, discover the burdens you’re carrying and support you in releasing them, and to become empowered to create the life you dream of. In Introspective Breathwork™ breathwork is at the core of everything we do, and we include a variety of other practices to support healing and personal growth.
The philosophy of Introspective Breathwork™ is that every person has the ability to heal themselves, through a process that involves connecting with a present-moment sensation in their body, conscious breathing, and allowing the mind-body to completely process and integrate what arises.
What can a person expect from your sessions?
Every session is different, but I generally hear clients say “that wasn’t what I expected” after their first session.
For one-to-one sessions, we’ll have an initial interview and formulate a plan for what the session will look like based on the person’s individual needs and goals.
Group sessions have an additional element of the collective group experience. People tend to feel lighter and more relaxed after a session, and walk away with a better understanding of themselves or a situation in their life.
What is the most important detail in maintaining a relationship of mutual trust with clients?
This is a really great question. The answer that initially rises within me is honesty. A facilitator needs to hold clean and clear space for their client, which means they need to regularly do their own inner work. It’s the responsibility of the facilitator to be self-aware, and also deeply attuned to their client.
This requires an incredible amount of presence. If the facilitator becomes distracted, triggered, or something else, that will be felt by the client–and being honest with the client when this happens will repair any potential rifts.
What do you love most about your profession?
That I get to be with and see people for who they truly are, beyond the masks, and support them as they discover their personal power. This is truly life-changing work, and I get to help people do this everyday! It’s inspiring, and doesn’t even feel like “work”!