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Breath work – release traumas

Who can we be as Humans.
Leonard Orr the founder of Breath work is a highly respected professional with a controversial approach to mortality. Mr Orr, developed a specific method he called rebirthing that he claims can be used to cleanse and clear our DNA. Orr proposes that correct breathing can cure disease and relieve pain. Orr devised rebirthing therapy in the 1970s after supposedly re-experiencing his own birth while in the bath. He claimed that breathing techniques could be used to purge traumatic childhood memories that had been repressed. Breathwork a method of breath control that is meant to give rise to altered states of consciousness and to have an effect on physical and mental well-being. Derived from various spiritual and pre-scientific traditions from around the world, it was pioneered in the West by Wilhelm Reich.

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There are several sub-types of breath work:

1. Rebirthing-Breathwork – was devised by Leonard Orr in the 1970s. It is claimed to be capable of releasing suppressed traumatic childhood memories.
2. Vivation – was created by Jim Leonard and Phil Lawton. It claims to improve wellbeing through the use of circular breathing.
3. Holotropic Breathwork (a trademark) is a practice that uses breathing and other elements to putatively allow access to non-ordinary states of consciousness. It was developed by Stanislav Grof as a successor to his LSD-based psychedelic therapy, following the suppression of legal LSD use in the late 1960s. Following a 1993 report commissioned by the Scottish Charities Office, concerns about the risk that the hyperventilation technique could cause seizure or lead to psychosis in vulnerable people caused the Findhorn Foundation to suspend its breathwork programme.
Other types – There are many other types of Breathwork which have emerged over the last few decades, including Integrative Breathwork, Transformational Breathwork, Shamanic Breathwork, Conscious Connected Breathing, Radiance Breathwork, Zen Yoga Breathwork and many others.

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Much controversy exists around the work of breathworkers : for example ” Rebirthing-breathwork is one of the practices critiqued by anti-cult experts Margaret Singer and Janja Lalich in the book Crazy Therapies: What Are They? Do They Work?. Singer and Lalich write that proponents of such “bizarre” practices are proud of their non-scientific approach, and that this finds favor with an irrational clientele. In 2006, a panel that consisted of over one hundred experts participated in a survey of psychological treatments considered rebirthing therapy to be discredited”. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebirthing-breathwork)