Breathwork is based on the idea that emotional energy from traumatic events can get stuck in our bodies, central nervous system, and/or brain; and that conscious breathing techniques can be used to liberate it. Even the trauma we experience during birth may be stuck in our subconscious affecting us on a routine daily basis despite us not consciously remembering it. Using breathwork to resolve unhealed birth trauma is sometimes referred to as rebirthing.

A facilitator takes you through a series of intense breathing exercises that bring repressed emotions to the surface, liberating them from your mind and body. Often done to background music or primal drumbeats, similar to those used in Primal Therapy.


  • You don't have to go over the story

  • You don't need to know what caused the emotional pain to heal it

  • Claimed to be very powerful


  • Hard to know when you've had enough of it

  • Not highly regarded by mainstream therapists

  • Practitioners may have minimal qualifications

  • Association with rebirthing makes it sound dubious

Graham Stoney

About Graham Stoney

I struggled for years with low self-esteem, anxiety and a lack of self-confidence before finding a solution that really worked. I created The Confident Man Program to help other men live the life of their dreams. I also offer 1-on-1 coaching via Skype so if you related to this article contact me about coaching.
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2 Responses to Breathwork

  1. Matt says:

    I've honestly never heard of this before, Graham!

    I like to think I've read up on a fair few techniques on how to make yourself a better man but this have never come to my attention! I'm off to do a little more research. Cheers, buddy!

  2. Michael Ngare says:

    I agree that rebirth could be a tool to be used to rebuild and reawaken the sub conscious the reality hitherto not discovered within the conscious realm of day to day living.

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