To answer the question of whether breathwork can release trauma, we need to look inside our bodies. Trauma is not something that happens to us, as mentioned in the quote from Dr. Gabor Maté. It is a reaction in our body to an external event. Stress is ubiquitous in our society and can lead to syndromes such as burnout if it becomes too great. Trauma, however, goes beyond stress. It occurs when our system is overloaded, we cannot cope with the situation, and it moves us beyond mental capacity to adapt or change as the body takes control.