THB Volume 1, No. 1 , 1999

Volume 1, No. 1 , 1999

Contents and Abstracts


Welcome to The Healing Breath: A Journal of Breathwork Practice, Psychology and Spirituality


‘What is Breathwork Practice, Psychology and Spirituality' by Tilke Platteel-Deur

Tilke Platteel-Deur defines the essence of Breathwork: the elements of practice; its basic assumptions; how connected breathing works. She includes the importance of Hal and Sidra Stone 's Voice Dialogue technique as a tool in Breathwork therapy and the role of our vulnerable child self in spirituality.

‘ Breathwork – Therapy of Choice for Whom?' by Jim Morningstar , Ph.D .

Jim Morningstar contends breathwork is not a psychotherapy. As a directed breathing process for healing or self improvement, however, it can be very effectively used as an adjunct approach in some systems of psychotherapy that utilize a mind/body approach. Cautions and recommendations for the application of breathwork are offered from the authors experience using both a traditional psychodiagnostic framework and from Bioenergetic analysis. The wholeness of the theoretical diagnostic approach is seen as influential not only to the categorization of candidates for breathwork, but also to the expectations of the practitioner on how well they will do with it (prognosis) and the success of the treatment (outcome).

‘ Is Breathwork Problem or Solution-Oriented?' by Wilfried Ehrmann, Ph.D.

Psychotherapeutic approaches can be divided into problem-oriented and solution-oriented methods. In this article, both contexts are explored in connection with breathwork. Elements from both orientations can be found in the process and result of breathwork. As breathwork also accesses transpersonal levels of experience and opens resources from this realm, it encompasses the frame of duality between problem- and solution-orientation.

‘Only One Breath: Buddhist Breathwork and the Nature of Consciousness' by Joy Manné, Ph.D.

Joy Manné explains the background within which Buddhist breathing meditation was developed. Citing the famous Anapanasati Sutta which gives this meditation, she gives an exposition of the Buddhist commentarists' understanding of this meditation, from the earliest commentaries to the views of the contemporary meditation teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. She compares the purposes of this meditation with the purposes of contemporary breathing and body therapies, positive thinking techniques, analysis, and various psychotherapies including humanistic and transpersonal, and shows that its exercises cover the main realms of therapy and personal growth as we know them today. She finishes with an extensive comparison between contemporary Breathwork therapy and Anapanasati .


The Pulmonary Tree of Life by Hilde Rapp , Ph.D.

Book Reviews

Breath by Breath by Larry Rosenberg
Authors Review their own books

Kylea Taylor on The Breathwork Experience and The Ethics of Caring
Creative Introspection

Creative Introspection – an Introduction, by Joy Manné, Ph.D.

OH cards, by Joy Manné, Ph.D.




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