“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:
- Thoracic (includes arms)
- 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
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.
- Cardiovascular problems, including history of angina or heart attacks
High or abnormal blood pressure
Personal or family history of aneurisms
Glaucoma or retinal detachment
Recent surgery or physical injury
Epilepsy or history of seizures
An active addiction (some addictions are fine)