Rebirthing breathwork is a form of alternative medicine mainly consisting of a breathing technique. It shares a common belief with various other therapies called Rebirthing, with both groups believing that human birth is a traumatic event and that reviewing or revisiting this event, in some way, can have therapeutic benefits. However, the actual techniques utilized in Rebirthing-breathwork are quite different from those used by these therapies.
Rebirthing-Breathwork grew out of the work of Leonard Orr and the name rebirthing was first used to describe the technique. When Orr first started experimenting with these breathing techniques, he noticed that he would often have what he described as memories of his birth. He believed that by reliving his birth experiences through connected breathing, he was in fact healing the trauma of his own birth. He also discovered for himself that modifications in breathing practice appeared to bring about improvements in health, mental clarity and emotional well-being.
Development of Rebirthing as a therapeutic modality in its own right started in 1974, and has been further developed from that time. Accompanied by fellow researchers, Orr refined it into a system that can be practiced in the context of a therapy session and taught to clients over a series of sessions.
In Rebirthing-Breathwork, the main breathing technique is a connected breath, where the breather does not pause between inhale and exhale. According to facilitators, this causes a build up of oxygen in the blood and a build up of prana or life energy. Breathing sessions are done lying down and usually last 1-2 hours.