Wilhelm Reich began using breathwork as a form of therapeutic healing in the early 20th century. This method has been recognized as one of the purest forms of emotional healing and is widely applied in the field of medicine, chiropractic medicine, behavioral health, and bodyworks. This technique allows a person to shift away from all external distractions, stimuli, and disturbances and gain complete control of his or her awareness, both internally and externally. Clients who practice this form of therapy often state that they feel a heightened sense of ease and light heartedness. They state that they are more productive and feel liberated and free of heavy emotional burdens.
Reichian Breathwork helps clients achieve a sense of peace and calm by guiding them to focus only on their breath. They release their worry and rather than thinking about planning and doing, they are instructed to go inside their own body and simply be. This is an arduous task at first, but with practice clients learn to control their breathing and still the inner and outer voices. Complete calm and stillness must be achieved in order to direct all of one's attention on one's breath. This practice is performed in groups, in class and studio settings, or can be performed individually. There are a number of various tools available to help people learn the art of Reichian Breathwork.
Once a person has developed a sense of calm, the goal of the exercise is to quiet the mind and listen only to his or her breath. Through this process, people will discover many aspects of their physical, psychological, emotional, and physiological being. The physical will present itself through one's reactions to the breathwork and one's muscular response to the relaxation techniques. A person's psychological acuity will be heightened as they begin to travel inward to the depths of their consciousness. Emotional responses can be elicited simply by staying in the moment and focusing on the presence of one's own breath throughout the process.
Last updated: 05-14-2013