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What is Biodynamic Breathwork?

Biodynamic Breathwork is a new and powerful approach to releasing stress and trauma both physically and mentally. The biodynamic Breath and Trauma Release System (BBTRS)© was developed by Giten Tonkov ( and has its origins in both Wilhelm Reich’s body oriented approach to therapy, Alexander Lowen’s (Bioenergetics and The Way to Vibrant Health) theory of Personality structure and the work of Somatic therapist Peter Levine (Waking the Tiger and In an Unspoken Voice). It works with the tensions that are distributed throughout the body/mind. It supports the dissolving of the body armouring and the release of blockages (mental, physical and emotional) to access our core state.

BBTRS©  expands your ability to both hold and experience the flow of your life force energy, and experience your feelings, sensations and emotions fully. You release the chronic tensions held within the nervous system and your physical pains: releasing your fear and fundamentally altering your negative self-image freeing you to live your life to its max.

Why are techniques such as Biodynamic breathwork, which focus on the body, important in healing?

Traditional talking therapies are very useful and important in looking at the ego layer, I use them myself extensively, but they do not address the underlying two layers of the personality structure. Similarly, working with the emotional layer: allowing feelings to be expressed vocally may break some of the chronic muscular tensions and ego defenses but it is harder to access the deeper emotions and  the first two layers are bypassed.

A difficulty occurs when working with both the ego and emotional layers in that they both are not directly linked together. That link is provided by working with the Muscular layer and the muscular tensions that are created by our defenses in this layer. You can then work between the ego and emotional layer as necessary, but it is important to note that just dealing with the chronic tensions (as in massage or yoga, though very important) alone will not allow this movement to occur, it is important to work with all three using the body as the bridge.

 We are working then with all three layers, which do not disappear, but move from defensive to expressive and allow us to experience life and all its emotions from the heart rather than from the other three layers for extended periods of time.


Biodynamic Breathwork can reduce the symptoms of the following:

  • Anxiety.

  • Chronic fatigue.

  • Attention deficit disorder.

  • Apnea.

  • Depression.

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder.

  • Inability to focus your thoughts and mind.

  • Physical and emotional pain.

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Stress and stress related illnesses.

  • Trauma.

  • Insomnia and other stress related symptoms.

  • improved alignment and balance.

  • Increased sense of aliveness and awareness of your body.

  • It supports both your connection to others and to spirit.

  • It improves health and well-being and supports emotional integration

  • It enhances creativity and self-awareness, improves concentration and clears the mind.

  • Improves your ability to relax.

 How does Biodymanic breathwork actually work?

With my expert guidance and support, together we address directly all three ways of releasing the belts of chronic muscular tension alongside exercises to release old trauma in a safe gentle fashion to support the free flow of vital life energy.

There are six components to BBTRS©:

Deep Connected breathing: This is an important part of the process and builds up the energetic charge within your body activating the belts of tension and allowing suppressed emotional energy to come to the surface and be released.

Conscious Touch: Applied with great sensitivity and awareness Conscious Touch supports the process. The touch varies from energetic touch to both light and deeper core physical touch, but is applied not from a place of thinking, but from a place of feeling.

Emotional release: Often emotional release is part or a session. You are supported and invited to express the emotions but not to get lost in them. By staying connected to the body and expertly guided and resourced to release emotions in a controlled and modulated fashion, you neither become overwhelmed nor re-traumatised. The trauma is gently released or integrated into your being.

Movement: Used at the beginning of sessions to warm up the body and in partnership with breathing, movement releases muscle tension both from the superficial layers and from the core. Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) or neurogenic muscle tremors effectively release stored emotions. The movement is conscious and brings deep awareness as well as allowing the energy to flow, these movements: from gentle shaking, myofascial unwinding to whole body undulation, thaws the frozen stress response creating the conditions for deep relaxation and true transformation.

Sound: Sound has a profound effect on the nervous system and vocal expression and the use of music are a powerful support for release in BBTRS©

Meditation: Meditation may be described as being with yourself. It is used at the beginning and end of sessions to allow the practitioner to tune into the client. At the end of the session it allows the mind to enter a state of rest and silence, a place where nurturing and integration of the experience can occur.

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