THE Volume 1, No. 2, 1999

Volume 1, No. 2, 1999

Contents and Abstracts



Inner Qualities of a Professional Breathworker by Tilke Platteel-Deur

Tilke Platteel-Deur defines these qualities as trust; self-discipline; authority; integrity; attention and veneration; service; acceptance and tolerance; purposefulness; and humour, with love as the most important.

Dialogue on Hyperventilation between Kylea Taylor and Joy Manné

Kylea Taylor, whose background is in Stanislav Grof's Holotropic Breathwork™ and Joy Manné, whose background is in Vipassana meditation and Conscious Breathing Techniques (including Rebirthing Breathwork) first define what each means by hyperventilation. They then go on to debate issues such as ‘trusting the breath,' ‘tetany,' the goals of breathwork, whether there is any danger in it, ‘breathwork and healing,' and the role of the breathworker.

Incentive Inspirometer Feedback for Reducing the Reaction to Asthmatic Provoking Triggers: a Training Protocol by Erik Peper and Vicci Tibbitts , San Francisco State University

This paper describes a training protocol to reduce the onset and severity of asthmatic symptoms. Subjects with asthmatic symptoms were initially trained to master effortless diaphragmatic breathing with surface electrolyographic and incentive inspirometer feedback. Inhalation volume was the physiological parameter used to measure skill acquisition. The protocol consisted of a pre- desensitization phase (mastering effortless diaphragmatic breathing, relaxation, peripheral hand warming and generalizing effortless diaphragmatic breathing while performing daily tasks). The desensitization-training phase consisted of inhalation awareness and desensitization exercises to promote effortless breathing under most conditions (abdominal versus thoracic awareness, volume awareness, purposeful wheezing, imagery rehearsal of stressors, role rehearsal and actual exposure to allergens. The methodology and helpful hints are described for each practice. Most subjects mastered the skills, inhibited their automatic escalation of dysfunctional breathing, and demonstrated the ability to continue to breathe diaphragmatically under a variety of conditions. Although this protocol was used with patients with asthma, it could be adapted as a treatment approach to other disorders (e.g., hyperventilation syndrome, anxiety or panic).

Transference and Countertransference in Breathwork by Wilfried Ehrmann

Transference and countertransference are prominent concepts in psychoanalysis. They are rarely considered in breathwork. This article discusses the role of the therapeutic relationship in individual breathwork session by making a distinction between three levels of therapeutic interaction. Special attention is paid to the concept of countertransference with regard to the physical body where physical resonance can be used as a source of averbal information which can be utilized in the therapeutic work with the breath


Vapour by Hilde Rapp
Creative Introspection

The Angel Oracle
Book Reviews

Body Voices by Carolyn Braddock

Strawberries Beyond My Window by Waltraud Kirschke




Rritorna a The Healing Breath