Breathwork takes many forms: Holotropic, Vivation, Resonance, Integrative, Transformational, Breakthrough, Clarity, Rebirthing and many more. Some rely on hyperventilation which is controversial in the medical community, others rely on relaxed breathing. The form of breathwork I practiced – as both breather and therapist – and have written about extensively for nearly 20 years is Rebirthing Breathwork. So when I use the term Breathwork, I’m talking about Rebirthing Breathwork.
The breathwork experience is one of those spiritual states that are difficult to explain unless you’ve been there. Let’s begin with a description of a Breathwork session.
If you were to watch someone practicing Rebirthing Breathwork, you might see their chest moving, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, sometimes hardly moving at all. You might see them shift about, yawn, scratch. There might be some crying, sometimes quite a lot of crying. There might also be some laughter. And, at the end of the session, you might see someone so deeply relaxed that they haven’t’ a tense muscle in their body. You might also notice radiant skin, luminous eyes and a face that, at least temporarily, looks years younger and more relaxed.
But nothing you can see would give you any indication of the depth and wonder of the world you can’t see, the world breathwork opens up inside the person who is breathing.
Note: Rebirthing Breathwork has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the regression technique psychotherapists in Colorado called rebirthing, a technique that led to tragedy a few years ago. They are totally different practices that have no connection whatsoever with each other.
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