What is a Rebirthing Breathwork Mastery (RBM) Practitioner ?

A Rebirther or Breathworker is someone already experienced in the process from  personal application. Your Rebirther or Breathworker specifically provides a space for you to be safe and supported to have your own experience. At some point you may need to feel secure to remember, to feel or to express yourself anyway you need to. The space the Rebirthing Breathwork Mastery Practitioner holds for you in a session is an agenda-free space. The practitioner’s intention in the session and debrief is to give you in the instructions and ask the relevant questions that can bring your awareness closer to your current inner experience.


This facilitated space enables you to use your own intention, and your own breath to have anything from a mild to an intense non-mundane, non-ordinary experience. You can know that you will bring to the surface of your consciousness whatever you need to understand about yourself to fulfill your intention in present time, that you are ready for. The outcome of each session is that your life more effectively goes in the direction you intend it to go.


The qualified Practitioner’s own intention for the session is to support the breather with their own intentions. Each qualified Practitioner is experienced in remaining clear and focused, including being aware of where he or she is clear, or not yet clear and focused. Therefore he or she is able to provide the “agenda-free space” for others.


Many people have never spent time with someone who has no agenda for them and who gives them their full attention. This is a special space, created  for you to safely reveal the truth about yourself to yourself. In fact the intended result of all Rebirthing Breathwork Mastery is renewed energy and aliveness and the ability to become truer and truer to your authentic self.


Relating content to intention for a debrief

With specific questions your Rebirthing/Breathwork Mastery Practitioner helps  you to work through or around what ever it is that’s standing in the way of you manifesting the intention you choose, into your life in the way you now need to do that. Then relate the content of the breathing segment to your intention. There is almost always the awareness of a connection, except when the shift is energetic or physical.


The other main emphasis is on full integration of the session. The use of  effortless, breath, allows the intensity and level of each session to be in complete accord with whatever can be integrated by the breather.



Debriefing  is an important part of Rebirthing Breathwork Mastery. The time after a session spent in debriefing, can often be as valuable as the breath session. If the content is shared in relation to the intentions for the session, the personal insights continue to occur in the Debrief. These can be as important as the conscious connected breathing in terms of “getting the message of the session” and also allowing integration time and complete release and resolution of issues.


The Debrief or sharing of the experiences you have in each session, is focused on helping you to gain the maximum benefit from the content of your  session by verbalising it, and or doing a drawing or writing about it. During your debriefing, there  is another opportunity to have realisations on all levels. Physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually you make connections from what came up as either a feeling, image, memory or visual impression in the session. This is on top of the experience of having created a calm, deeply recharged, rejuvenated and relaxed physical state  at the end of the ninety minutes of conscious breathing.


The qualified Practitioner asks relevant questions that enable the breather to understand exactly how the content of their session relates to their intention. Your Practitioner will help you get an overview of your patterns  and may give feedback, if necessary, from what they know about  your pattern from their own experience.



Referrals –


Doctor, MBBS, also GP or General (Medical) practitioner

a qualified practitioner of medicine; a physician. Diagnoses medical conditions and prescribes treatments, mostly allopathic, which may treat symptoms only, not underlying social, or psycho-emotional causes. Some GP’s may be involved in integrative medicine which appreciates complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) and may refer their clients to qualified Breathwork practitioners. The reverse applies also.


What is a connection with GPs for breathworkers?

We will favour a GP who is open to treating the all levels of wellness in the person, the bio-psycho-social issues, and will support clients in finding one in their area if they need any sort of treatment from the medical profession, or keep a list or file of those who identify as wholistic/integrative or appreciate CAM


Other treatments ?

What is a connection for breathworkers of the following?

Chiropractor, Osteopath, Kinseiologist, Massage therapist, Deep tissue massage therapist, Bodyworker, Physiotherapist, Shiatsu practitioner, Vibrational Medicine practitioners,Naturopath and Herbalist, and other natural therapists….

It is worth a trip around yours and other localities to introduce yourself and let them know you have a Diploma qualification. I have found that the times practitioners may refer is when they have a client with a chronic persistent complaint – for them to have the support of an extra modality, breathwork, for resolution or release. Alternatively check out your local professionals for an exchange or interview them to find out where they are coming from, in case of need to refer?



A qualified practitioner who treats patients with a system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, esp. those of the spinal column, which are held to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs



May be qualified – a trained practitioner working with a branch of medical practice that emphasises the treatment of medical disorders through the manipulation and massage of the bones, joints, and muscles.



A practitioner – can be qualified – who works with the fundamental premise of Kinesiology, which is that the body has innate healing energy and is doing its best to care for itself, but sometimes needs assistance to achieve this state. Kinesiology is a system of diagnosis and treatment based on the idea that the body, at some level, knows what it needs by ‘asking’ it directly.

Essentially, Kinesiology is defined primarily as the use of muscle testing to identify imbalances in the body’s structural, chemical, emotional or other energy, to establish the body’s priority healing needs.


Massage therapist

Practitioner – can be qualified – who practises the rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the body with the hands, esp. to relieve tension or pain


Deep tissue massage practitioner

A deep tissue therapist is working to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia, the muscle sheath. It is said they move crystal deposits in the process, that hold the muscles in a certain pattern. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. The practitioner usually asks the client to breathe consciously as well and body memories can surface and emotional release – also known as rolfing and names like postural integration.



May be qualified or not and works with a huge range of styles and approaches

Consider here also – practitioners in Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, oriental massage systems, polarity therapy, and so on



A qualified practitioner within the medical system, who takes GP referrals for those patients who need physical rehabilitation, including exercise regimes, massage and other physical treatments. Some physiotherapists have done a lot of extra training in other CAM and can provide treatments like feldenkrais. One of the advantages of the Physiotherapists is that their clients can get health fund rebates from their appointment.


Shiatsu practitioner

May be qualified, in a applying the same form of principles as acupuncture. However in shiatsu, pressure is applied to certain points on the body using the hands.


Vibrational medicine practitioners

May be qualified (Homoeopathy, tissue salts, essences, crystals and more)

Vibrational Therapy, also called Vibrational Medicine and Energy Medicine, is based on the scientific principles that all matter vibrates to a precise frequency and that by using resonant vibration, balance of matter can be restored.
The therapist uses a wide range of treatments to change the cellular structure/vibration, including essences, crystals, channeled life force (reiki, spiritual healing, pranic healing etc

The concept is based on the premise that human bodies are made up of interconnected fields of (not empirically observable) energy and that when a human body is not well that it is the result of one or more of these fields of energy being unbalanced.



A qualified practitioner using a system of alternative medicine based on the theory that diseases can be successfully treated or prevented without the use of drugs, by techniques such as control of diet, exercise, and massage.



May be a qualified practitioner treating clients with herbs


Natural therapies also include

Aromatherapy, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Aryuveda, Sacrocranical, and many other treatment regimes

Yoga and Meditation are also placed with Natural therapies, although their aim is mastery of the mind and spiritual growth.


Medical specialists and others – Mental Health

What is a connection for breathworkers to the mental health profession?

We have investigated spiritual emergency and spiritual emergence … in emergency we may need to refer a client. I have never needed to do this yet, however …… this is back up if the situation arises. It is not usually our clients that need these services.


Sometimes people are really “damaged” or their mind has broken temporarily or completely. We used to say – has had a breakdown. Other people have to help them as they may be non- functioning. Sometimes people need “help” and most of the following practitioners are in the helping professions.


As a society, we need to have measures to manage some people with mental health disorders for theirs and others personal safety. One of the ways to check if a client needs help is if they are able to relate to what you are saying and speak in a way that is not coherent. This is different to fanciful or highly imaginative or what can be called magical thinking which does not imply incoherence –or thought disorder


Suicidal thinking can be managed in breathwork sessions if there is enough safety and support from the practitioner to invite the client to go into the feeling. I have had a number of clients in the past who told me much later , that the session with me took away their suicidal thoughts. Sometimes the thoughts about dying can be handled by a session because there is a body memory of when the client really did nearly die or died for a few minutes. Or if something very very important to them died.


Sometimes people have a chemical imbalance in the brain, which is now proved by CT scans. They really do need some chemical balancing. People in psychotic states may be in danger of death or accident by misadventure and need to be referred if this state persists.


Anxiety is said to be “Excitement without breath” – and depression can be reversed with expression – of grief, anger sadness etc. The whole area is worth exploring for offering breathwork to bring abnormal states to normal. Lloyd Lalande, who is a Breathworker who is also a lecturer at the Catholic University in Brisbane, is doing his PHD on breathwork and calling it – IBT Intergrative Breathwork Therapy.

Breathwork and Healing Trauma

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Birth trauma is taken seriously by the legal profession in Australia and overseas. Childhood Trauma. Includes sexual, physical, mental and emotional abuse.


Breathwork Training

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Developed by Lloyd Lalande as an empirically supported refinement of existing and depression – two of the most common mental health problems in Australia.


IBT Review-pre-publication

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by L Lalande – Related articles
Lloyd Lalande. School of Psychology, Queensland University of Technology,. Brisbane, Australia. ✉ euroite@gmail.com. Matthew Bambling. School of Medicine ..


I have worked with Lloyd and have found that the simple breathwork – IBT – he is teaching experienced mental health practitioners to practise with their clients is for changing abnormal to normal in those with depression and anxiety. I am clear it is therapy, not a tool for the transformation of consciousness, which is what most of our clients seek. So it is a case of therapy vs psycho-spiritual transformation. Both have their place – remember the Chakra consciousness distinctions.


Breathwork Mastery and IBT
is for living life intentionally and reprogramming self at the level of the cells. I have a client in Europe who is a PHD doing research. She is a molecular biologist and she is working on the fact that DNA can be changed through two proteins found within the DNA, while the most of science says it is not possible to change the DNA.

Research is highly necessary for the future of breathworkers.



A qualified medical doctor who has specialized in a system of psychological theory and therapy that aims to treat mental disorders by investigating the interaction of conscious and unconscious elements in the mind and bringing repressed fears and conflicts into the conscious mind by techniques such as dream interpretation and free association.



a qualified medical practitioner specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Psychiatry is the study and treatment of mental disorder, emotional disturbance, and abnormal behaviour. from Greek psukhē ‘soul, mind’ + iatreia ‘healing’



A qualified practitioner of the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, esp. those affecting behaviour in a given context. There are a diverse range of areas, with many psychologists being employed in the Health system and some being in private practice, while some do both.

Psychology studies the mental characteristics or attitude of a person or group or the mental and emotional factors governing a situation or activity



The treatment of mental disorder by psychological rather than medical means. The aim is to normalise the client and have them function as much as possible in life. Clients may be referred or choose a psychotherapist for help or support at times of stress or after a traumatic experience. The psychotherapist does not train the client how to ‘heal’ themselves and most therapy styles can be described as re-parenting or validating the clients experiences to give the client the validation that was missing in childhood, or to provide release or resolution from validating the pain of traumatic experiences for the client.



May be qualified – a person trained to give guidance on personal, social, or psychological problems. Anyone can call themselves a counsellor. Counselling has a huge range of approaches.


Wholistic counsellor

May be qualified – Wholistic or Holistic counsellors specialise in holistic counselling which acknowledges the interconnection of body, mind and spirit in the healing process. This approach also utilises the wisdom, tradition and philosophies of western and eastern religions and both ancient and traditional cultures. It is a psycho-spiritual approach to healing,


Life coaching

May be a qualified practitioner a person who counsels and encourages clients on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges or supports clients with goals and achieving them successfully


Social worker

is qualified and mostly in employment with government services

Social workers help people overcome problems and make their lives better. They might work with people who are homeless, sick, or having family problems. Or they might help students who are having trouble in school.

One of the ways social workers help is by finding resources for people. For someone with family difficulties, social workers might find a parenting class or support group. For a homeless person, they might find a place to live and a career training program. For a student, they might find a mentor or a learning disability expert. They are up to date with government benefits and support services.

Some social workers set up resources. They research what kinds of help people need. Then, they set up programs to provide that help. They might focus on child abuse, poverty, violence, and other problems.

Many social workers give counselling. They talk to people about their lives and help them to understand and solve their problems and to make plans.


Mental health crisis team – Acute Care Service in the Community health services

Multidisciplinary team of government health care workers which work in community services in association with a hospital. They include psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, drug and alcohol counsellors, The psychiatrist diagnoses the mental illness from the DSM IV – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and prescribes treatment. A team manages the treatment and has input. Once a client of the service is no longer in an acute state, they are referred on – to a private practitioner or government provider s or a case manager to support their return to normal functioning. In some States of Australia prescribe medical treatment is compulsory, and police sometimes assist crisis team or case workers to have patients comply with treatment programmes. Referrals come from General Medical Practitioners, allied health care professionals, admissions to emergency departments and from any member of public who have concerns about someone who may harm themselves or others.