Rebirthing- The art of breathing to heal yourself

Rebirthing is a technic based on conscious and connected breathing exercises created by Leonard Orr. He proposed that by fixing your breathing pattern you can cure disease, release pain and childhood traumas. Basically it consists of breathing with no pause between inhalation and exhalation. This is the natural breathing rhythm of babies, animals and most young children. The idea is that with the power of your breath you integrate negative experiences without having to rationalize them as in psychoanalysis

How does rebirthing work?

Important experiences and events are stored in our bodies, particularly shocking ones where the brain triggered a body reaction such as fight or flight. We go around carrying those imprints in our bodies. For instance, you may get a stiff neck or an aching stomach if asked to speak to a crowd. May be in the past such an experience did not go very well or you fear to be taken as a fool and your body is letting you know. The body can only express itself with sensations

When you practice conscious breathing what you do is that you inhale prana or the force of inspired air.  It also known as chi in chinese medicine. The deeper breathing enriches the blood oxygen supply, which goes to the brain, lungs, heart, and capillaries, balancing the nervous system

My first rebirthing session

I came to know rebirthing some years ago. In my first rebirthing session, the rebirther taught me the different kind of traumas and basic fears humans suffer and how breathing can help in the healing process. I was asked to relax and just start breathing. I breath for as long as I could following my rebirthers guidance and rhythm

It felt like running a marathon!.. It was exhausting!
I realized how disconnected from my own breath I was. During the day we breath inconsistently and unconsciously without even realize it. We take time to eat, to sleep but not to breath. Although we need air in the same way we need food and sleep

Rebirthing needs some sessions

In the next sessions, I managed to breath for longer periods. Suddenly my hands felt paralyzed, twisted and hard. I kept feeling that awful pain for the next 6 to 8 sessions. The rebirther explained to me that stiffness is a way fear is stored in the body. Under stress your body becomes stiff. Fears manifest themselves with different sensations and in different parts of your body. The idea is to observe these sensations as they appear without judging. You don’t have to rationalize them, you just breath and prana will do the work

Over the next sessions I felt my mouth as if covered by a plastic wrap and unable to speak, another kind of fear was showing up. This time related to communication. The intense sensations some weird and some painful kept appearing here and there

The Bliss

Sessions passed by and the pain disappeared, my hands were not stiff anymore and my mouth relaxed. One day, after a long session of good breathing I felt the so-called bliss!. It is state of love full of joy, peace and understanding that comes from high levels of prana in your body and mind. You feel your whole body vibrating and immense gratitude. Magnificent!

Rebirthing taught me we carry on our fears as backpacks. With time this extra weight becomes painful. Stress is painful and you can choose fun and not pain by breathing out your fears

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