BioDynamic Breathwork

“Three months ago I started doing BioDynamic Breathwork with Vince. In a supportive, trusting and safe environment, Vince has helped me release emotions and stress associated with trauma. After six sessions, my eyesight has improved—my eyes have literally opened wider—, I have more energy, feel more empowered, and experience my mind and body as more connected. It really feels like my body is awakening. I highly recommend Vince and this particular kind of somatic therapy.” ~ Anne

BioDynamic Breathwork is a powerful healing modality. Created by the genius of Gitan Tonkov, this revolutionary system of somatic therapy combines breath, conscious movement, and energy and body work to assist you in releasing blockages and trauma stored in your system. Essentially, it is a practice of embodiment. The deep connected breathing, fluid movement, tissue / muscle release, and energetic clearing brings you more fully into your body where feelings are felt, long held survival responses are expressed, and profound insight is gained. 

“The BBTR (BioDynamic Breath & Trauma Release) system enables us to experience the full range of sensations and emotions available to a human being. Furthermore, this approach expands our capacity to contain and support the free flow of vital life energy. As a result it re-structures at a cellular level, supporting the full opening of the spine and releasing chronic tensions held in the nervous system.” ~ Gitan Tonkov, Founder of BBTRS
Belts of Tension

The first session is a general one without any area of particular focus. After completion, you are invited to partake in a series of sessions where you work through seven “belts of tension”. As defined by Austrian doctor of medicine and psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, each belt focuses on a different segment of your body where trauma is stored, starting with your head and working your way down to the pelvis and legs. The belts are as followed:

  1. Ocular
  2. Oral
  3. Cervical
  4. Thoracic (includes arms)
  5. Diaphragmatic
  6. Abdominal
  7. Pelvic (includes legs)

Working through the segments and releasing the belts in this order is purposeful and systematic. Clearing the upper belts first creates a pathway for trapped sexual, life or kundalini energy to release, rise up through the body, and be experienced, which contributes to our vitality and overall health. 

“Only through breathing deeply and fully can one summon the energy for a more spirited and spiritual life.” ~ Alexander Lower, from his book Bioenergetics
Trauma-informed

Along with working through this progression of segments, what differentiates BioDynamic Breathwork from other breathwork modalities is the degree to which it is trauma-informed. Inspired by trauma authorities such as Peter Levine and Dan Siegel, BioDynamic Breathwork draws upon skills such as resourcing, pendulation and titration to ensure you stay within the “window of tolerance”, as defined by Siegel. In other words, this modality of breathwork is sensitive to the nuances of trauma and trauma resolution; to the safety, knowledge and skills required to limit the possibility of hyper-ventilation, re-traumatization and further dysregulation in the client. 

Contraindications
Please note the contraindications below that would prevent you from doing this work. These are obviously considered for your safety:
  • Cardiovascular problems, including history of angina or heart attacks
  • High or abnormal blood pressure
  • Personal or family history of aneurisms
  • Glaucoma or retinal detachment
  • Osteoporosis
  • Recent surgery or physical injury
  • Pregnancy
  • Epilepsy or history of seizures
  • Bipolar depression
  • An active addiction (some addictions are fine)
If you have asthma you need to make sure you have your inhaler in session. If you have diabetes, note that you may start to feel shaky, confused, tired, or have headaches. 
Fee & Structure
Before any breathwork begins, I always start with a 90 minute intake session. Its purpose is for us to get to know each other and build trust before diving deep into the intimate, body-centred work. The intake allows me to know your life story and current physical / emotional / mental challenges, and it helps map a healing path for you. Based on my initial assessment, I may suggest starting with somatic counselling instead of breathwork because, for certain people, the latter can be too intense without some necessary foundational work done. 
 
Once the green light has been given for breathwork, please be sure to come to your session wearing loose comfortable clothing and bring water with you for after the session. I also recommend you do not make any immediate plans after the session so you have space to reflect and integrate what is so often deeply moving and powerful.  
 
Breathwork sessions and the intake are 90 minutes in duration and cost $180. For complete information on all my prices and the payment options I accept, please visit my Fees & Structure page. To book a session, please email me at events@vincegowmon.com