BACKGROUND

 
Giten Tonkov, Founder of BBTRS®

Giten Tonkov, Founder of BBTRS®

What is 'breathwork'?

Breathwork is a general term describing numerous available modalities that use the breath as a main tool for exploring alternate states of consciousness, meditation as well as in therapy. The breath has been used as a healing tool since ancient times. In different eastern traditions this life-giving enlivening force is known as pranachi or qi.

Breathwork utilizes conscious manipulation or controlling of breathing patterns to achieve a certain desired results. The amounts of oxygen and carbon dioxide we take in, expel or maintain in our blood levels have a direct effect of on the eleven systems of our physical bodies (integumentary, muscular, skeletal, nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, endocrine, urinary/excretory, reproductive and digestive), as well as our sense of well-being and the conscious states available to us. A direct connection between our breath and our emotional responses is utilized by the majority of existing breathwork modalities.

A famous psychologist and LSD researcher Stanislav Grof, the creator of Holotropic Breathwork and a pioneer in this field, popularized breathwork in the West and brought this approach to the worldwide holistic community. Since then, many other forms of breathwork have been founded, each with its own techniques, focus and desired result, and some of these are now becoming mainstream.

How about Biodynamic Breath (BBTRS®)?

Biodynamic Breath® is built on a new approach to trauma release. This profound and revolutionary system of body/breath therapy integrates deep connected breathing with innovative conscious movements, body awareness techniques, bodywork and meditation. When skillfully combined in an integrated flow and safe environment these techniques result in releasing long held trauma from the physical and mental structures.

The BBTR® system was developed by Giten Tonkov after more than 20 years of self exploration, study, and experience of working with numerous individual clients and groups. It has at its roots elements of Wilhelm Reich's body oriented therapeutic approach, combined with the soft and gentle techniques of Peter Levine's Trauma Healing Modality. It is based on an observation of how tension is held and distributed in the body-mind structure and is designed to break through layers of body armouring, inviting the release of mental, emotional and physical blockages (including arrested trauma-related fight/flight or freeze responses) right down to our central emotional and physical core.

The technique calls on the power of all of the body’s systems. Its 6-Element approach supports your body’s unique needs at any given moment, which creates a flexible and dynamic experience that goes deeper than traditional therapies. Through opening the spine and releasing the chronic tension held in the nervous system, we are enabled to experience and be present to the full range of sensations and emotions available to a human being, whist expanding our capacity to contain and support the free flow of vital life force energy and opening us deeper to acceptance of ourselves and others.

 
 

MAJOR INFLUENCES

 

WILHELM REICH 

(1887-1957)

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Body-orientated approach to therapy

Once we open up to the flow of energy within our body, we can also open up to the flow of energy in the universe.
— Wilhelm Reich

ALEXANDER LOWEN 

(1910-2008)

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A person who doesn’t breathe deeply reduces the life of his body. If he doesn’t move freely, he restricts the life of his body. If he doesn’t feel fully, he narrows the life of his body. And if his self-expression is constricted, he limits the life of his body.
— Alexander Lowen, 'Bioenergetics'

PETER LEVINE 

(1942-Present)

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I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening—a portal opening to emotional and genuine spiritual transformation.
— Peter Levine, 'Healing Trauma'

OSHO 

(1931-1990)

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The body is your friend, not your enemy. Listen to its language, decode its language, and by and by, as you enter into the book of the body and you turn its pages, you will become aware of the whole mystery of life.
— Osho, 'Body Mind Balancing'
 

WHAT IS 'TRAUMA'?

 
 

THE 7 BELTS OF TENSION

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Reich established a theory of segmental armouring to explain how the body establishes its energetic profile. The theory is analogous to the 7 chakra system of eastern philosophy (though it pre-dates its discovery in the west).

Armouring is the condition that results when energy is bound by muscular contraction and does not flow through the body.
— Willhelm Reich

There are 7 segments (bands of muscles) running at right angles to our natural flow of energy. Each segment relates to a certain type of emotion, and can become contracted in response to specific types of stress or trauma. When segments become contracted in the long term, your physical body takes form around this, and your ability to feel and express becomes constricted.