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About Rebirthing Breathwork

What is Rebirthing Breathwork?

Rebirthing breathwork is a gentle yet powerful way for people to uncover and release physical, mental and emotional blocks through the intentional use of sustained breathing practices undertaken while in a deeply relaxed state. It connects the breather with their body’s natural healing mechanism - the breath - by guiding them into a gentle circular nasal breathing rhythm that replicates the breath of a new-born baby. 


When a person breathes in this way, their body is able to shift into a deeply relaxed state in which rest, repair, recovery and release are possible. The primary intention of rebirthing breathwork is relaxation, but other possible side-benefits are the release of physical or emotional pain or trauma, release of old and unhelpful thought patterns or habits, increased connection with the divine and feelings of absolute bliss!

Rebirthing Breathwork was created/discovered by spiritual author Leonard Orr in the USA in the 1960s following his own spontaneous experiences of rebirthing in the bath. Rebirthing was originally done in a hot tub. Over time, Leonard Orr realised that rebirthing breathwork could be done without water. This is the version of Rebirthing that was taught by Leonard Orr to my teacher, Daniel Coates (Suntara), and to me. 

Leonard Orr believed that Rebirthing should be taught in close conjunction with the elements: air, fire, water, earth and ether. This really resonates with my approach, and I often bring the natural elements into my sessions.

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Who is Rebirthing Breathwork for?

Anyone who breathes! Breathwork is beneficial for a wide range of people, as it oxygenates the body and creates space for what is no longer required to leave, and for newness to arrive. 

However, breathwork is particularly powerful for people who have any of the following:

  • Respiratory conditions

  • Recent break up, loss or other emotional challenges

  • Physical conditions and bodily tension

  • Having difficulty making decisions or taking a leap you know you want or need to take!

  • Feeling stuck or stagnant in life

  • Trauma

  • Grief

  • Birth or pregnancy-related difficulties or challenges

Why do Rebirthing Breathwork?

  • To support your physical and mental health

  • To activate your body’s parasympathetic nervous system

  • To help regulate and process overwhelming emotions

  • To release tension in your body

  • For increased clarity

  • To connect with your divine nature/true nature

  • To release long-held emotional pain

  • To feel more attuned/aligned

  • To learn breathing tools to help regulate your nervous system

  • To feel bliss!


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