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  • Writer's pictureAlieke van Esterik

The beauty of breathwork: A personal journey with Floways

A few years ago, my life took a complete turn when a friend of mine suggested a new career path. I embarked on a transformative journey, starting with an Aura reading and receiving my first Reiki initiation. Fast forward to November of last year, my family and I moved into our dream home in Sotogrande. It felt like destiny, and we knew it was meant to be. This place became our sanctuary, our true home.

Today, I want to share a personal experience that beautifully illustrates the power of breathwork and its impact on my life. In 2020, I founded Floways, a company that embodies the concepts of energy, flow, and well-being. The name came to me during an internet search, and it just clicked instantly. From there, I poured my heart and soul into building Floways.

In December 2021, I had the opportunity to participate in a profound breathwork session in Tarifa, guided by Laura, a remarkable woman. As part of a small group, we lay on the floor, following a specific breathing rhythm while being guided by music. The experience was awe-inspiring, leading us toward a climactic release.

With each breath, I began to feel more deeply, experiencing a range of sensations—shivers, tapping, and shaking. I went from feeling cold to warm, as if energies and emotions within me were being stirred. Throughout the session, Laura skillfully guided us, creating a safe space for the release of stuck emotions and energies.

Upon completing the session, I returned to the present moment, grounded and renewed. Laura handed me a blank white paper and a set of pens and colors, inviting us to express ourselves through writing or drawing. Without thinking, I began using various colors at the bottom of the page. When I finished and looked at the result, I noticed that all the words I had written started with the letter F. They represented aspects of myself: female, fragile, fairy, fearless, flow, free, forgive, front, fortune, favorite, and freedom. And at the top of the page, in capital letters, stood the word "FLOWAYS." It was a profound confirmation—a testament to the power of trusting our intuition.

Something more significant was behind the name Floways—an intricate connection with flowers, which I deeply cherish. It symbolizes the flow of life, the ability to go with the current and the restoration of energy throughout our bodies via the meridians. In my work, particularly with Qigong, I focus on harnessing and cultivating energy to release tension, reduce stress, and activate our inherent self-healing capacities. I firmly believe in our ability to heal ourselves on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level. This understanding is at the core of why we exist.

Returning to the topic of breathwork, I find it to be an extraordinary tool. Our breath is an ever-present anchor that often goes unnoticed as it operates on autopilot. However, we can initiate profound healing and transformation by bringing consciousness to our breath and practicing conscious breathing.

It allows us to quiet our minds, find calmness, and establish a connection with our bodies—an often neglected reconnection. Our bodies constantly communicate with us, and by listening to their messages, we embark on a path of healing and self-discovery, unlocking the potential for a more fulfilling and balanced life.

Ultimately, we cannot hide or run away from the experiences life presents to us, for they will inevitably resurface. Each occurrence holds a purpose and meaning in our lives. By embracing these experiences and delving into them, we gain greater insight and understanding. This process allows us to heal and grow.

Love & energy


1 Comment

leann carrell
leann carrell
Jul 01, 2023

This article has so much openness and truth in the writing. the journey you are on is Inspiring and full of wisdom. Please keep writing and sharing your truth.

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