THB Volume 4, No. 2 , 2002

Volume 4, No. 2 , 2002

Contents and Abstracts


‘Rebirthing Breathwork: is it Marvellous or Terrible?' (Reviewed and Updated) by Joy Manné, PhD

Joy Manné here brings up to date her article of 1995 in which she discussed some criticisms that have been made of Rebirthing Breathwork starting with Leonard Orr, its founder. She addresses criticisms of its conceptual framework: i.e. the birth trauma, the parental disapproval syndrome, core negative beliefs, the unconscious death urge and other lifetimes, often known as “the five biggies.” She defends these criticisms pointing out that many of these elements have their origins in conventional psychotherapies. She supports criticisms of irresponsible claims of healing and the use of hyperventilation. With regard to earlier criticisms regarding the inadequacy of the literature, and the training of rebirthers, she shows that these are much improved since this article was first published. Finally she points out the achievements of Rebirthing Breathwork.

‘Placenta Trauma' by Nemi Nath

Placenta Trauma refers to the last sequence of the possible birth traumas. It takes a very significant place in the events around our birth. Whilst in utero the baby and its placenta are seen as one organism. Placenta and baby are traumatised at the moment the umbilical cord is cut, usually before it stops pulsating, during the birthing process, just after the baby's body is born. Doctors refer to this event as the separation of the baby from its mother. This is a grave mislabelling, as the baby is actually separated from a part of itself, its placenta. The separation form the mother occurs when the placenta detaches from the wall of the uterus. Because the baby is not consulted over the cord cutting it experiences this event as being robed of a part of itself. The placenta is then discarded as 'useless' and often treated with disrespect, sometimes even used for manufacturing medicines and cosmetics. The article outlines the implications of these actions and the stages of the healing process through breathwork and some case histories.

‘Rationale for the Use of Conscious Connected Breathing in Treatment of People with Cancer' by Piotr Rajski, M.A., Chartered Psychologist

Cancer is believed to have multiple, interacting causes. Many interdependent factors, such as environmental pollution, unhealthy life styles (e.g. tobacco smoking), improper diet, chronic stress, etc., in various combinations can contribute to the development of cancer. Cancer is treated in many ways, but most of them, through failing to take into account the complexity of cancer causes, do not produce satisfying results. This paper offers a rationale for the use of a little known breathing technique as a holistic, complementary treatment of cancer.

Conscious Connected Breathing, known also as Rebirthing, Intuitive Energy Breathing or Circular Breathing is a self-healing skill which originated in the USA in the 70s and was invented by Leonard Orr. Most people can learn it in ten one – two-hours breathing sessions. It is the ability to breathe energy as well as air. It involves merging of the inhalation with the exhalation in a gentle relaxed rhythm in an intuitive way. This method of breathing floods the body with energy, which cleans and nourishes it physically, emotionally and spiritually. One potential result of this way of breathing is relaxation, enhanced contact with one's body, peace and contentment. The advantages of this approach are presented in the context of four hypotheses of cancer, namely metabolic, toxicity, energy and psychosomatic.


‘Learning the True Alchemy of the Breath' by Hilde Rapp

Book, Cassette and CD Reviews

Shivam Rachana (compiler) ( 2000), Lotus Birth. Australia : Greenwood Press, Steels Creek. Foreword by Michel Odent.

Staunton , Tree (ed) (2002), Body Psychotherapy. East Susssex : Brunner Routledge, Advanced Theory in Therapy series Editor: Keith Tudor

Pert, Candace B., Ph.D. (1997), Molecules of Emotion: Why you Feel the Way you Feel . London : Pocket Books.

Grabhorn, Lynn (2000), Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting: The Astonishing Power Of Feelings. Charlottesville , VA : Hampton Roads.




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