By Helina Heinsaar & Richard Reilly.
I recently discovered this amazing study with Rebirthing as the main Well-Being promoting tool! What an incredible approach to helping Immigrants deal with the stress, anxiety and depression. It describes the use of breathing methods as a tool for stress management.
At around the same time, Leonard Orr became a focal figure with his own method known as rebirthing breathwork (also referred to as conscious energy breathing), which concentrated on self-healing and spiritual growth (Cronkleton, 2019). Orr was particularly interested in curing physiological issues through conscious energy breathing.
He defined the rebirthing breathwork as the ability to breathe energy
simultaneously with air, as it is the art of learning to breathe from breath itself. Orr believed his method to be extremely valuable in terms of self-healing because correct breathing patterns induce relaxation, which he considered to be the ultimate natural healer of many illnesses.
In a broader sense, rebirthing breathwork uses nasal breathing in a soft and relaxed way without any exterior distractions such as music or humming.
Presently breathwork has made extensive advancements and gained further recognition as a successful treatment method for various mental and physical ailments. All three original breathwork branches — pranayama, holotropic breathing, and rebirthing breathwork — have developed into numerous further practices (some of which were utilized in our thesis’ workshops and manual).
Breathwork is now taught as a professional field in many countries worldwide, such as a master’s degree programme at Lesley University in Cambridge called ‘The Breath as a Tool for Health, Growth, and Change’, which was founded by Dan Brule; and a Master of Science degree in Applied Breathing Sciences at the Graduate School of Breathing Sciences in the USA.