Hi! I am Essa.
I have a MSc in Neuropsychology, I am a trained breathwork facilitator and have years of experience facilitating people in altered states. In my sessions, i use somatic work and breathwork to invite people to reconnect with emotions and tension that have been stored in the body over time. These techniques enable people to break through mental and emotional blocks and reconnect with their own healing intelligence. These are powerful tools for people who are carrying preverbal or intergenerational material that hasn’t been addressed in conventional ‘talk’ sessions.
By breathing in a constricted way, our nervous system is constantly reinforcing a sense of feeling unsafe in the body and creating unnecessary stress in our system. With breathwork and conscious bodywork, we can break through this vicious cycle and make contact with that what we really are.
Additional to breathwork facilitation, I also co-founded The Psychedelic Collective, where I offer psychedelic-assisted programs. I have extensive personal and professional experience with working with altered states (both breathwork and working with truffles). I bring an intuitive, warm, and compassionate approach to my work. I use different tools during my sessions, like Compassionate Inquiry and Focusing.
My personal journey
Before I started my career as psychedelic and breathwork facilitator, I had a busy job as a press officer at Amnesty International. I was always “on”, which (like so many) made me disconnect with my body.
In 2012 I was introduced to breathwork and a little later to psychedelic-assisted therapy. This helped me to reconnect to my body and listen to what it needs. I felt my own inner strength again. I realized how exhausting it was wearing a mask. Layer by layer I get closer to myself and realized I wanted to put my energy into facilitating people in similar processes. In order to step into this work, I followed training and courses in addition to my psychology degree: breathwork at Adem & Stem and Clarity Breathwork, Focusing, Compassionate Inquiry, and massage therapy. But most crucial has been my own journey. In 2018 I finally took that step and started Essa Ademwerk.
It was essential for me to reconnect to my feelings because I was fundamentally alienated from my own body. Breathwork is about feeling everything, including things we might want to avoid like pain and grief. Since my journey with breathwork and truffles, I have learned to sit with all my parts (the light and the shadow) and allow them to be there as fully as they need to be. This quote really captures what I have learned in my personal development and continue to learn.
They’re specifically yours, designed specifically for you by a part of you that loves you more than anything else. The part of you that loves you more than anything else has created roadblocks to lead you to yourself. You’re not going to go in the right direction unless there’s something pricking you in the side telling you, ‘Look here! This way!’
That part of you loves you so much that it doesn’t want to lose the chance. It will go to extreme measures to wake you up. It will make you suffer greatly if you don’t listen. What else can it do? That’s its purpose.”