When Your Hand Touches, You Are Being Touched by Birthe Kaarsholm

Water dropping off the tip of a leaf creating subtle ripples in a shallow clear pond.

The culture at large has agreed that movement and exercise are necessary components to stay healthy and vital. How about touch?

Preparing to instruct a Self-Breema class online the other day, I was leaning my hands into my legs as the body rocked rhythmically back and forth. I have done this movement thousands of times before. This time, interested in the question about touch, as my weight leaned into the legs, I noticed that the whole body relaxed. Continue reading “When Your Hand Touches, You Are Being Touched by Birthe Kaarsholm”

Healing by Increasing Vitality by Arlie Mischeaux

Bright yellow sunflower

Translation available in Spanish

Many years ago, I read an article in the Yoga Journal about Breema bodywork. At the time, I was searching for anything that would help me during a “healing crisis.” What stood out for me most was the statement that Breema supports the body not by fighting sickness, but by increasing vitality! This statement was quite shocking and revolutionary for me at the time, because I’d been completely focused on everything that wasn’t working as I thought it should. So, when I read that statement, I felt that there were, in fact, still aspects of me that really were okay. Not only was I still alive, but a deeper part of me was also functioning. I recognized that while the body was in distress and trying to regulate itself, my mind was suffering from worry and anxiety, and my emotions were in turmoil. Yet, here I was, alive and breathing! The Breema phrase about increasing vitality was having an impact on how I thought about myself and about healing—in a positive new way. Continue reading “Healing by Increasing Vitality by Arlie Mischeaux”

Where Is Home by Birthe Kaarsholm

Translation available in Spanish

I was recently traveling in Europe teaching Breema workshops.

Halfway through the journey it became clear that I needed to make a decision whether to stay in Europe or to go back to the States. The borders were closing. A friend sent me an email asking, “Are you home? Where is home?”

I had just completed an introductory evening of Breema where a group of mostly new students had gathered to find out about Breema. The requirements for social distancing had not yet come to Stockholm. Still the influence of the media made the people a little nervous to get too close to each other. They were a bit apprehensive to find themselves in a group of strangers. Continue reading “Where Is Home by Birthe Kaarsholm”

Relating to Life in This Moment by Steve Brodsky

Beautiful sky with birds flying over dock on calm water

Translation available in Spanish

While at the grocery store the other day ready to check out, I looked from line to line doing my best to figure out which line would be the quickest.  I waited anxiously for my turn as I continued to scan the other lines to determine if I had made the “right” choice. Still considering if I should make a last minute change, I began to unload my groceries on the conveyor belt just as the cashier asked for a price check over the store intercom.  Frustration and anxiety were my first reactions before realizing there was nothing I could do to change my current situation, but there was something I could do to change my relationship to it. Continue reading “Relating to Life in This Moment by Steve Brodsky”

Breema: The Dance of Existence by Susan Mankowski

Alexis Mulhauser Breema Bodywork Dance Week

When I started studying Breema, I was captivated by the unusual yet totally natural way of moving with the whole body, both in the Self-Breema (individual) exercises and in the bodywork (two-person) sequences.

Having first trained as a dancer,  I felt constrained by the almost exclusive use of my arms, hands, and fingers while working in massage for several decades. I stood alongside massage tables and leaned forward and over them, often reaching in uncomfortable ways. That’s why I immediately said “Yes!” to the total body participation that is intrinsic to doing every Breema sequence and Self-Breeema exercise.

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Acceptance saves your energy.

When you know what you are, not only do you accept what you’ve acquired, you can also use it. A good gardener can see weeds and smile, because he knows how to make compost out of them. When you find you can use everything that’s been thrown on top of you, you no longer hold anything against your parents, your upbringing, or society. Instead, you can have acceptance. Acceptance saves your energy. You become grateful for your life, because you can make compost out of the things you used to be stuck under.

–from Child of Existence, Child of Society by Jon Schreiber

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International Breema Week– Jan 5-13th!

We are pleased to announce the 2019 International Breema Week, a week of introductory classes, mini-sessions, and events taking place around the world.

To participate in a Breema workshop, take a Self-Breema class, or receive a Breema session, visit www.breema.info/ibw to find a list of events and practitioners.

Everything deserves our thanks.

One thing we need to learn in life is to support whatever is supporting us. If we go down this road, our eyes and mind slowly open up, and we see that we’re supported by everything that exists. Then we can take an active posture in relation to this knowledge. We don’t need to make it mental. We can keep it simple. Just saying thank you is mutual support. Do you like your socks? Then just acknowledge you are thankful for them while you’re putting them on. That’s how simple it is. Everything deserves our thanks.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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Connection to that which is…

There is something phenomenal about Breema—it can enter into every aspect of human activity. If you are a baker, you can work with the Nine Principles and your bread will be a little different. If you are a carpenter, the home you build is a little different. If you are a mechanic, the car you fix is somehow different. The difference comes from your connection to that which is, because that connection is expressed in your activity. Breema is to make you aware of what you are in reality. To the extent you relate to the reality of yourself, others benefit from you.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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