EXPERIENCE BREEMA at IM4US with Karen, Alexandra, and Laura

WELCOME to Breema at IM4US!

Come and visit us in the movement room and receive a Breema bodywork session. Profoundly relaxing and revitalizing, Breema bodywork harmonizes the body, mind, and feelings for the “taste” of being present. Done fully clothed on a padded floor.


Also experience Self-Breema by attending our early morning activity at the conference:

Self-Breema—Movement Exercises for Being Present

Self-Breema Class

Friday and Saturday
Graham Courtyard

Self-Breema exercises are both nurturing and energizing. They can have a profound effect on our physical, mental, and emotional health and vitality. The natural movements of Self-Breema can connect us to our instinctive wisdom and increase our ability to respond to the people and circumstances in our life with presence.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing and socks. Exercises include standing, sitting, kneeling, and lying postures and can be modified for comfort.


Thank you for your interest in discovering a new dimension of health, and in creating a truly beneficial, mutually supportive, nurturing atmosphere for your clients and yourself. You’ll find a wealth of information on this page about the practice of Breema, a few videos with practitioners who are using Breema in their professions of nursing and massage, information on Self-Breema exercise and the Nine Principles of Harmony, a list of upcoming Breema events you may be interested in attending, and several articles that express  how to care for ourselves while being available to care for the ones we serve. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us…

Karen Burt-Imira, MD
Certified Breema Practitioner and Instructor

Karen has been has been student, teacher, patient, practitioner, and administrator of Integrative Medicine for over 40 years. She founded the Integrative Health Program within Contra Costa County Health Services in 1998, and under that umbrella, grew a large Group Visit Program. The groups focus on building community and empowerment, are powered by respect, love, cultural sensitivity and humility, and they inspire/support people to take precious care of themselves and others. She retired in 2015, but developed a highly interactive 2-day training in Group Facilitation skills, which includes courageous cultural humility. She continues to train a range of staff members, and the trainings now include attendees from outside of Contra Costa. Since first encountering Breema, the Art of Being Present, in 1985, the universal philosophy and practices have been foundational in her life and work. A certified Breema Instructor since 2001, she leads workshops in California and Oregon.

Alexandra Johnson, MD
Certified Breema Practitioner and Instructor

Alexandra trained in Family Medicine at the University of Colorado. She served as faculty at the University of Colorado and in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr. Johnson has taught Breema internationally since 2003, using Breema‘s universal principles in the classroom and in her clinical practice to cultivate an open, nurturing environment in which great transformation can take place. She was featured in the film Why Not Home?, discussing the need for communication between home and hospital birth providers. In addition to her clinical practice in integrative medicine, she maintains an active teaching career, and develops wellness programs for health care professionals.

Laura Rawson, MS, LAc, CMT
Certified Breema Practitioner and Instructor

Laura has practiced Breema as a Certified Breema Practitioner since 1998, and has been a Certified Breema Instructor since 2000. She is a Staff Instructor at the Breema Center, and maintains an active teaching schedule across the U.S. Laura is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the states of California and Minnesota, holds a Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (NCCAOM), and a Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics. She practices Community Acupuncture and Breema bodywork in a clinical setting. Laura is currently studying Functional Medicine in the ADAPT program with the Kresser Institute.


Being Right Now Everywhere Every Moment Myself Actually

Breema, a dynamic contemplative movement practice, potentiates body-mind connection as a catalyst for self-care and transformation in relationship. Its commonsense wisdom guides us to support the body’s instinctive healing energy, nurturing what is vital instead of focusing on symptoms of illness or imbalance.

Breema uses nurturing touch, tension-relieving stretches, and natural movements based on nine universal Principles of Harmony to foster physical, mental, and emotional balance and availability. Issues including fatigue, stress, self-criticism and burnout are mitigated, while empathy, acceptance, nonjudgment, and an atmosphere of aliveness are nurtured.

Here are a few resources for further inquiry to the benefits of Breema:

Doing Breema as a Nurse

Breema: In the Heart of the Moment, First You Have to Be

              Self-Breema: Exercises for a Harmonious Life

               Breema: The Art of Being Present

                 Breema and the 9 Principles

Nurturing Harmony: How Breema Supports Nurses
Emphasis Is on the Practitioner: The Art of Being Present

How Breema Helps My Therapy Practice

Using Breema in My Professional Practice



Visit breema.com to find a class or workshop happening around you.

Experience Breema at a Breema Intensive!

Graz Intensive in Austria
August 27–31, 2019
For more info visit breema.info/graz
or 510-428-0937 or center@breema.com

Breema Intensive at the Breema Center in Oakland, CA
October 19–26, 2019
For more info visit breema.info/fall
or 510-428-0937 or center@breema.com

Barcelona Intensive in Spain
November 1–5, 2019
For more info visit breema.info/barcelona
or 510-428-0937 or center@breema.com