By Annelise Peterson By Annelise Peterson | April 23, 2023 | People People Feature
Local Hamptonite and wellness guru Nadia Josse has made your breath her business.
Breathwork instructor Nadia Josse
When it comes to wellness practices, the menu of modalities can feel as overwhelming as ordering a triple half-caf latte from Starbucks. From Metta to Transcendental Meditation, life coaching to crystal healing, ketamine therapy to psychedelic journeys—the list of choices almost necessitates a self-care barista.
Although nontraditional alternatives for personal growth have increased, a trauma-free society has yet to transpire. “We are conditioned to look outside ourselves for answers,” states wellness maven Nadia Josse (wellwithnadia.com). “Connecting with the breath uncovers what we need to know.” In a culture consumed with consumption, Josse empowers herself and her clients to turn inward—to eliminate the need for external validation. “I have tried traditional therapy, meditation and mindful movement. With breathwork, I felt an instant relief—a clarity and peace that I had never felt before.”
The impact of Josse’s work is something to experience. “This is your time,” Josse reassured me as I settled into an hour of self-care. Guided in a threepart breath for a little over 20 minutes, my body vibrated as waves of emotions surfaced. When the tide of feelings passed, a deep state of relaxation and selfcompassion ensued. “By surrendering to the breath and letting go of the thinking brain, you can connect to your inner guidance and intuition. This healing experience will open new channels to bring you closer to your truth as blockages are being released,” explains Josse.
With virtual and in-person sessions as well as group and corporate events, Josse’s clients sweep the breadth of Long Island—from Southampton to Montauk. An advocate for daily movement as well as mindfulness practices, Josse’s personal journey through the wellness world brought her to discover the profound healing powers of breathwork. By activating the parasympathetic nervous system, the area responsible for sending “safe” signals to the brain, breathwork quiets the mind and grounds the body in the present. “We live in a society where it’s so easy to live on autopilot. When we don’t want to face certain emotions, we turn to TV, phones, food, shopping, gambling and alcohol to numb.” Josse continues, “When we switch from fight or flight to rest and reset, we repair and reconnect to our intuition.” And if wisdom doesn’t appeal to your palate, perhaps a sexual appetite will. The parasympathetic system is also responsible for stimulating the “feed or breed” response. Yes, breathwork improves your libido.
The choose-your-own adventure to well-being is as complicated as you make it. Sometimes self-care is as simple as a cup of English breakfast tea and an exhale; other times it’s as complex as an adaptogenic mushroom latte and a trip to go along with it. In the words of Josse, “You have to find what works best for you.”
Photography by: PHOTO: BY RUBY OLIVIA PHOTOGRAPHY