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What clients have achieved via Individual 121 Sessions, Groupwork, Seminars and Breathwork Retreats.
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” I have recently done my first ‘Conscious Connected’ Rebirthing Breathwork session with David and not knowing what to expect, or the man that well, I went along. I shall definitely be doing it again. He has a way of getting to the core of a person, and the root of a problem. It was a beautiful, funny, emotional, wonderful experience. I have done lots of energy work, meditation and breathing exercises in the past, and was totally blown away by my experience once he started me breathing.
My body, mind and soul connected in a way it had never before, and I can only put my experience down to the unique energy and persona of this man. I definitely feel more connected to myself in a way I’ve never before, and a certain personal problem I’ve had since childhood, seems to have vanished.
I’m totally amazed. I was totally surprised by the depth and intensity of my experience in the Rebirthing, and how deep he put me under. He took total care of me at all times, and where I would normally feel jumpy I felt totally safe.
Cannot recommend him enough, and I will definitely be returning.
Thank you so much “. MC – London
“I’m Ted, 27 years old, and I first discovered Somatic Rebirthing Breathwork through David Parker, ( here on the right of this pic ) a Breathworker with over 30 years experience, after he suggested I try breath work and I trust his sound judgement so I decided to come to an individual session and give it a go.
But from someone who has been diagnosed bi-polar (rapid-cycling) for 7 years and suffered many ins and outs of depression, medication, therapists and institutions, at first I was sceptical and I also find communicating with people and systems somewhat of a task due to my Aspergers (High-Functioning) syndrome, diagnosed in my teenage years. I was not convinced that breathing would really have that much of an impact on me.
I had done meditation and Bikram yoga which both centre heavily around breathing and mostly the outcomes of these activities had been a headache or general exhaustion.
Most importantly I have found Rebirthing Breathwork to be the most effective form of therapy in helping me through tough patches of depression. And if we consider that I have been through many a psychiatric professional, various institutions and 13 different medications over 6 years I think you can agree that this is somewhat of a profound discovery.
What Breathwork does is it gets you past your intellectual barriers and complicated head based reasoning and puts you into your body. It reaches deep into your soul and gives it a good massage and a shake. What this allows you to do is become unstuck.
One of my biggest difficulties with depression is getting stuck. Either in a hole or a loop or a sticky pool of mud. Regardless of the work I have done the day before I wake up the next day in the same pool of shit I started in the day before.
This winter I experienced this cycle for an excruciating 4 months and I am still not entirely free of it. However, when I have attended a breathwork session it has always shifted something. I can’t always put my finger on what but I can feel that within me something has moved. This in turn has helped to remove me partially if not entirely out of my loop/whole/pool of mud in the space of a few hours.
This is incredible!
Never before could anything get me out of these ruts. Only recreational drugs or extreme life situations ever had any effect; and these two options come with negative longterm consequences whereas breath work does not. Price wise it is even reasonable, especially compared to other alternative therapies and private medical care. For me I have found accessing therapies through the NHS extremely traumatic and the end result was that I was left on drugs without monitoring or any sort of talking/holistic therapies.
Rebirthing breath work has begun a process in me. And I will continue to use it as therapeutic tool for as long as it serves me. I have huge gratitude for David in individual sessions and his URBAN LIFECLASS group sessions, for showing me breathwork and allowing me some release and progress from depression.
This is how Breathwork makes me feel : Refreshed, ALIVE, Energised and FREE . . .”
by Ted Rogers : Dancer/Performance/Writer/Artist/ Blogger/Poet/Model/Stylist https://www.instagram.com/artpornblog/?hl=en
Scott Buchan : “I spoke to David and he said about coming along to one of the seminars he was getting up and running in Victoria. I went along open-minded and with no expectation on what was going to happen.
It ended up being one of the most extraordinary moments in my life.
I still can’t explain exactly what happened but I had an ‘out of body’ experience during my first ever breathe. I cried like I hadn’t cried since I was a baby. I felt all this physical pain fill up inside me, overwhelm me and somehow drain from me. I curled up in a foetal ball, I shook, I sobbed, I made a hell of a noise and I was looked after tenderly by David and the team and I felt, without being too dramatic, reborn afterwards.”
More on Scotts feedback story, especially if you are in Recovery from Addictions is here : https://rebirthyourlife.me/2018/04/09/scott-buchan-lives-to-tell-the-tale-of-regular-conscious-connected-breathwork-commitment-and-deserved-results-worked-it/
Feedback from Kate Spence a participant of IMMACULATE PERCEPTIONS –
Spiritual Hoovering and a Blissful Path To Creative Release.
A weekend workshop with Rebirthing Breathwork Trainer David Parker & Performance Artist Dickie Beau funded by The LIVE ART Development Agency.
At Chelsea Theatre Kings Road London
“I found both breathing sessions very physical experiences, as opposed to emotional or mental. I responded physically, and struggled to breathe, I got light headed, my hands got pins and needles, I needed the toilet, but I didn’t become aware of emotional or mental processes. This was actually fantastic as I normally have far too much chaos in my mind, so to feel calm and empty was wonderful.
Feedback on our yearly Breathwork Retreats in Marrakech.
Treating PTSD with connected breathing: A clinical case study and theoretical implications
European Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
href=”https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/posttraumatic-stress-disorder”>posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Somatic Experiencing—suggest connected breathing to be efficacious in treating PTSD.
The underlying theoretical model in these three approaches suggests that trauma is a result of the blocking or repressing of spontaneous somatic and cognitive processing. This study investigated the efficacy of connected breathing to treat PTSD in a firefighter.
Tales of the Unexpected
Tales of the Unexpected was a UK 1970’s telly series that was a mustn’t miss weekly event. It told a different story every week and each episode was introduced by Roald Dahl himself sitting in a comfy armchair. Dahl wrote Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Matilda and other classic children’s books, but also became a master of short stories for adults, most were very dark and had a twist in the tail. And that’s precisely what this series was based on – the UNEXPECTED.
And so is LIFE.
In mid July I had a few blips going on with my heart, low heart rate mainly, called Bradycardia which needed A&E attention. A need for a pacemaker was discussed but not carried through as more tests were required over a period of time. A week away from August I collapsed at home and ambulanced into a truly unexpected dilemma that was certainly not part of my plan.
I was due to be in Athens early August for starters on a 10 day break. I didn’t make it. Nor the Athens 10 day trip in October. The Universe had other plans.
After a few days of observations, scans, X-rays and the like I was whisked off to Barts Heart Centre in Central/East London for a more detailed angiogram examination where I was told I needed triple heart bypass surgery within 48 hours to avoid heart attack. Thus began almost 3 months of complications, starting with another heart operation 2 weeks after the first. The whole scenario became a lesson in powerlessness, vulnerability, trust and avoidance of projection, keeping it all in the day, hour, minutes. I am only just coming out of it, knowing it will take a while to recover fully and start a 3 month Cardio Rehabilitation Programme next week. Game ON.
Meanwhile in November I will be gradually getting back to clients and small groups which is manageable carefully paced, doctors suggest going back to work or other practices after 3 months, so here I am with clients already on hold booking in. Group dates for Nov, Dec & Jan will be up in a few days.
BESPOKE COACHING & BREATHWORK assists dealing with the unexpected. Coaching can unravel what to do next in emotional circumstances – loss of a job, a sudden health diagnosis, relationship difficulties or compulsive habits of escape – food, booze, recreational drugs or sex addiction.
SOMATIC EVOLUTIONARY BREATHWORK EXPERIENCE : I have practiced and taught for over 30 years assisting those with trapped emotional trauma, shallow breathing, anxiety, depression and anyone stuck in a rut. Breathwork unblocks thoughts, habits and realities freeing up the body and mind to experience less worry and more joyful conscious living. You deserve it.
So do check out blogs and pages on this site for solutions, and how you can switch from panic REACT to healthily RESPOND to unexpected scenarios, learn how to handle life’s twists and turns more ably. Oh and have regular BP and Heart checks. You never know.
I am one of the few Breathworkers in the UK specialising in addictions, including recreational drug and alcohol abuse, in fact TIME OUT London Magazine called me ‘CLUBLAND’S THERAPIST’ in Millennial year 2000 due to my clientele using club drugs like coke and ecstasy ( MDMA ).
Not all clients arrive with these issues, relationship stuff, including codependency or stuckness in some way, is the number one problem.
Achieving a HIGH somewhere, is an example of success for many, a result, an intention to remove oneself from depression, life struggles or the need to ‘get out of it’, especially in tough economic times but continuous demand for entering an altered state of consciousness can create a habit. A second bottle of wine, a spliff to wake up to, a valium to get to work and a line at lunchtime to cope, are not unusual companions in urban Britain.
Having experienced drug addiction myself ( my last drink, drug and nicotine hit was October 25th 1982 ), all on the same day, not recommended without emotional and physical support, but I missed the HIGHS, escape routes and the RELAXATION of it all. So quick, so easy, so fulfilling.
Six years clean of all mood altering substances I came across ‘Conscious Connected Breathing’ while residing in Australia for 3 months. Then called REBIRTHING. I came back to to the UK and found myself a Rebirther to work with, and over the recommended 10 sessions to clear baggage, discovered ECSTASY in the form of emotional release and healing the body.
What a natural HIGH.
Ironically, this being 1988, ECSTASY the Love Drug arrived in Clubland and many of my future clients were taking it. Even now clients will often say “this Breathwork feels like taking Ecstasy”. With no comedown I might add, or the consequences of habitual drug use.
I am blessed having Gunnel Minett as my mentor since 1994. Gunnel came to Rebirthing in 1978 and I started my training a decade later with Diana Roberts under Sondra Ray’s Loving Relationship Training ( LRT ) from America.
Gunnel has given me permission to reproduce sections of her book the definitive BREATH & SPIRIT / Rebirthing as a Healing Technique published in 1994, including this chapter on Kundalini, a natural exploration of ECSTASY, so do give it a read and find out what Breathwork is about.
There is, as yet, no scientific explanation for the reactions which occur during conscious breathing sessions, or for what controls the length of the energy cycle. The closest we can get is to compare rebirthing phenomena with the reactions described in the various Eastern breathing exercises. So far, we have looked at some Chinese Chi Gong exercises. The other great area for comparison is yoga.
One major purpose of yoga exercises is to awaken the body’s in a life energy – the kundalini. in order to expand consciousness and reach a higher state of mind, the body’s own life energy has to be awakened and activated. According to Indian tradition, a person is not ready to experience altered states of consciousness before the kundalini is awake and allowed to flow freely in the body. The yoga trainer has to prepare the body and psyche to adjust properly to this expansion beyond the normal. The exercises of hatha yoga (physical yoga) and pranayama (breathing exercises) are specially designed for this purpose.
The word kundalini comes from yoga, but there a similar concepts in most breathing techniques. The awakening of life-energy is an important factor in the various physical and psychological cleansing processes. When the body and mind have been cleared of blocks and ‘impurities’, the person will enter a new phase where body fluids flow so freely that more life-energy can be absorbed. this leads to an awakening of the body’s kundalini, which in most adults is dormant. when the kundalini is released it produces an expansion of the mind, often resulting in the development of ‘supernatural’ abilities. This can include physical changes, for example less need for sleep and food, greater physical endurance and a capacity for self-healing.
Most descriptions of the awakening of kundalini are very similar, regardless of the cleansing method being used. The process can take anything from a couple of months to several years. One effect of the process is the experience of non-normal states of mind. These experiences go totally beyond everyday mental life, though they rarely result in loss of contact with reality or disorientation severe enough to be called psychotic.
Accounts of the awakening of kundalini have many similarities with the reactions observed during rebirthing sessions. Several scientific studies of the body’s reactions to yoga exercises have been published. Here we will not, however, go into detail regarding the physical changes in the body. (Those interested should see, for example, James Funderburk, Science Studies Yoga, 1977.) we will concentrate here on descriptions of the various physical and psychological phenomena reported from the process of awakening kundalini in various yoga practices.
Many of the symptoms and bodily reactions connected with the awakening of kundalini have been described by Sanella (1977). all of the following bodily sensations have also been observed in somatic conscious connected breathwork, and may occur from the very first session.
Experiences of expanded consciousness e.g. (visions, sounds, out of body) normally occur only after a person has completed at least ten sessions, and often at an even later stage. A precondition is the one should have cleared out a substantial part of biographical memory experiences. This normally involves having had at least one experience of birth memories. The examples listed below range from physical experiences to ‘supernatural’ phenomena, but they do not necessarily appear in this order.
The body often starts to move spontaneously. The movements vary greatly from person to person. They can be soft, curling, jerking, twitching [sic] or vibrating. the physiological explanation is that the breathing exercise affects the cerebellum, the part of the brain that coordinates muscular movement.
So-called spontaneous rebirthing, with rapid shallow breathing, deep powerful breathing or spontaneous breathing patterns, occurs frequently. The practice of various breathing exercises may trigger and natural breathing cycle, which will normally be completed before returning to normal breathing. This spontaneous breathing reaction is originated in the hypothalamus, which monitors and controls the blood and its oxygen content. It does this by regulating the impulse to breathe.
Various states of cramp occur often, affecting all parts of the body. They can last for short period or persist over a longer time, affecting mobility. States of cramp are normally preceded by fear or hysterical states. This is often referred to as tetany in other Breathwork publications and with an experienced breathworker as breathing coach it soon passes.
The skin or the whole body is often felt to vibrate or itch. It is usually described as ‘bubbles’ in the body, or stitches and bubbling. Sometimes these experiences are perceived as sexual, similar to pre-orgasmic feelings. A physical explanation is that this is mainly caused by stimulation of the sensory cortex. The vibrational sensation often moves from the feet upwards (the way the kundalini is said to move through the body). The left big toe is often said to be the starting point. This toe has a direct link with the cerebral cortex. (The big toe plays a special role in yoga exercises. Hindu mythology states that the holy River Ganges emerged out of the big toe of the Creator.)
Changes in Temperature
Body temperature can rapidly change from very hot to very cold. Sometimes, this is purely a subjective experience but there may also be objectively measurable changes in body temperature. A possible explanation is that when the kundalini force encounters a blockage in the body, friction is generated leading to localised temperature rise. This affects the hypothalamus which, in turn, will have effects on the body temperature as a whole, causing rapid changes.
Experience of Pain
Sudden pain may be felt in the head, eyes, spine or other parts of the body without apparent reason. The pain usually remains for only a short period. A traditional explanation is that the kundalini force becomes intensively concentrated when passing through a ‘blocked’ part of the body. People who resist the process with a subconscious wish to retain control over the body are likely to experience these phenomena as painful.
Light and Sound Experiences
There are many descriptions of a wide range of light and sound experiences: colours flowing freely, illuminating or flowing from various parts of the body; voices, music, whistling or strong roaring or hissing. These phenomena may be caused by wave movements in the ventricles (cavities of the brain). This area influences the auditory cortex in the back lobe of the brain, which controls hearing and vision.
Most emotional experiences are very intense, ranging from anxiety, fear, hate, depression and confusion to states of total bliss. The negative feelings are mostly experienced in the beginning of the session. They are later normally replaced by feelings of peace, harmony and love, at the end of a completely worked through session. It is influence on the thalamus which probably causes these intense emotions. This area transport information to various centres in the cortex, in cooperation with the reticular and limbic systems. The latter has great impact on the emotions and motivation.
People often report a change in the thought process itself. Thoughts pass through the mind faster or slower than usual and thought can even stop completely at times. Thoughts can also appear irrational, strange or unbalanced. These states can sometimes resemble mental illness, trance, impulsive actions or confusion.
Another common experience is a feeling of separation from the actual event. ‘What is happening has nothing to do with me’. This can also be described as being outside, observing the events, thoughts and feelings. This is known in yoga as ‘witness consciousness’. In some cases, especially when there is an underlying imbalance in the person, this state may resemble schizophrenia. With the right type of guidance, it usually disappears rapidly and completely.
Out of Body Experiences
In this kind of experience one’s own body appears distant. There is a feeling of being outside the body and the person can experience moving to various places while leaving the body behind. This is a sharp distinction between this type of experience and ordinary dreaming. The person can actually ‘see’ their own body from the outside, and be able to describe places without having physically been there. This distinguishes the phenomenon from dreaming or visualisation.
In the latter stages of the kundalini process a capacity for ‘supernatural’ skills often appears. The most commonly occurring skills are clairvoyance, clairaudience and the ability to see the aura (the body’s energy field) but other, even more remarkable skills may develop.
And here we are in June 2019 experiencing the kundalini of REAL LIFE
Gunnel Minett & David Parker with a selfie.❤️
Somatic Evolutionary Breathwork & Spiritual Development in Scotland
David Parker writes . . .
I’ve never feared a challenge or doing something off-mainstream, as my CV illustrates. I started the first Rebirthing Group specialising in Codependency Recovery in 1990. Between 1994 -96 I served in a Spiritually based HIV clinic in London, using Breathwork with those dying of AIDS, secretly funded by George Micheal & Elton John as the NHS refused to fund it. We used a medium to determine which therapies each client needed and Breathwork proved to be so advantageous that there was a waiting list for treatments.
In 1998 I was one of the first Breathworkers with a website – marketing my work to niche markets. Thankfully Breathwork in 2019 is now more than lying on a mat exhaling, but still needs to span out beyond the obvious yoga based, wellness model market.
I never really fitted into traditional fields of healing, though I give gratitude to the old LRT ( Loving Relationship Training ) in the 80’s who encouraged me to break into specialised markets with Rebirthing Breathwork instead of placing a few business cards in a Whole Food Shop or Yoga Centre. I prefer bringing folk to Breathwork via social media, who would never go near a Self Help Wellness bookshelf. Far more gratifying.
Marianne Williamson’s A Course In Miracles cassette tape ‘Ambition v Inspiration’ in the 90’s guided me into taking plausible risks, and as she often said in her lectures “if you don’t do it, who will? . . . You could be the FIRST.”
Having created with Mike Delaney the 1st coupling of Evolutionary Breathwork and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy anywhere in the world in September 2018 ( check out the side page on this site ) we have created another first together, combining Somatic Evolutionary Breathwork with Spiritual & Psychic Development.
Mike had attended a couple of our 5 day Spiritual Breathwork Retreats in Marrakech sparking great changes in his life and suggested we teamed up with Medium Claire Woods in a new Spiritual Centre in Shotts nr Glasgow, breaking new markets.
So an Experiental Workshop was set up for late March and we became the first user of the group room. Number ONE is certainly our number.
After a Introduction to Breathwork from me we started on chairs in a circle to see who was in the room, backgrounds and shared experiences. After an hour we paired people up with chairs facing each other making sure they were comfortable, with blankets ready, as conscious connected breathwork can reduce body temperature within the hour long breathe.
Gently those present started the EYE GAZE breathe, staring into their partners face with open eyes and breathing the ‘conscious connected breath’ through the mouth.
Instructing these ‘new breathers’ to inhale up to the chest deeply with a soft and gentle exhale ( two thirds in, one third out ) the ones with the most psychic development experienced this SUPER VENTILATION method very, very quickly, as they were used to letting go, not holding back, and suppressed material flowed freely into tears, without reliving memories of emotional withhold.
While others, newer to Spiritual Development Classes run by Clare Woods took longer for the breath to develop into an altered state of consciousness, but they too broke into a blissful, relaxing, rejuvenating body space. The group discussion after noted that many went into psychic trance during the breath and this could be witnessed with body movements and spontaneous breath changes.
After a great lunch, ( . . breathwork can make you very hungry,) we continued into another breath session, this time a breathe on the floor, laying flat on duvets, mats and covered in blankets for another I hour delve into the unconscious release of trapped emotional trauma. Feedback from participants was very encouraging, in person and on Facebook.
Word of mouth in Spiritual Development/Psychic Circles has already provoked Clare to invite me back for a weekend next time, as these ‘newbies’ to Breathwork, tell their friends how powerful, enlightening and healing it all was. And unforgettable.
Private sessions on the Monday was equally transformative and enlightening with people new to Breathwork.
The Blossom through Life Centre is set in glorious countryside, do checkout their FB page. https://www.facebook.com/blossomfalkirk/ for future events.
Urban LifeClass Breathwork Coaching comes to Athens 27th April 2019.
Easter Breathe : Saturday April 27th. 4 – 8pm
Venue : A Beautiful House in Creative Akadimia Platonos
Urban LifeClass is a London UK based Not-for-Profit Breathwork & Coaching Programme led by David Parker, incorporating Codependency Recovery, Relationship Reviews and breaking addictive patterns – including thoughts. Thought is creative but ACTION has more power, which is why we focus on affirmative ACTIONS not just affirmations.
We also don’t use fancy language or special clothes, come as you are and speak as you do, we find this more authentic.
The Athens Team below are an eclectic bunch, inter-generational, highly creative, non-judgemental and as you can see we LOVE what we do. No team member gets paid, your monies goes toward 2020 when we expect the need for a larger venue and a bigger programme of events.
In the meantime we give service to serve you, so you can serve yourself, learn to breathe more productively and maybe support us in growth if you like what we do and the progress you make. All sexualities and genders welcome.
We have 3 INTRODUCTION WORKSHOPS for 2019, – April, June & December, with an Autumn one pencilled in, depending on David Parker’s travel schedule. You can read about him here. https://rebirthyourlife.me/globalcoaching-experience/
All workshops are in English with Greek translation if required.
So escape from your mind into your body, feel lighter, clearer and breathe out stress with experiential Somatic Evolutionary Breathwork. Each Workshop is for 10 participants MAX, so personal attention can be given.
Easter Breathe : Saturday April 27th 4- 8pm
Venue : A Beautiful House in Creative Akadimia Platonos
Read testimonials and blogs on this site https://rebirthyourlife.me,
sign up for this adventure with just 20 Euros for a 4 hour Introduction to Breathwork.
That’s all you need to do
There is no sign ups or obligations to continue with anything after, we just ask that if you can’t make the workshop you booked or you can’t transfer your place to another – we hold the 20 Euros as a donation.
Loads of info can be gathered from our Team Members in Athens
Organiser/Producer – Patricia Photiou +30 6949826260
Experienced Breathworker over 3 decades – Yiannis Vousvoukis
mob 6945 900 310
Check out the URBAN LIFECLASS site too: https://urbanlifeclass.me
Smashed Phones #takeabreath #phonesuicide
CHAOS LIVING creates smashed phones, relationships and bank accounts. Aside from the phone crack, booze problems and other forms of chemical support can domin
COACHING provides the first steps in cleaning minds, habits and houses.
Here to help when you are ready to face the music and consequences. SORTED.
Another aspect of CHAOS LIVING is poor phone time management, making social media an addictive curse. Learn how to cut out certain apps, restrict platforms with boundaries and create ‘no phone daze’. Yup, LEAVE THE PHONE AT HOME.
Max phone time is encouraging lack of social skills and interaction. Much easier to end a relationship by text than in real life, face to face. So when it comes to difficult emotional choices – the phone wins – but you don’t. Quick & Easy is not always the solution with guilt and avoidance as default.
Learn to end relationships healthily with Codependency Coaching & Breathwork for recovery in the long run – not short term gain.
Work out how much money you waste each month, how the usual escape routes cost you more than money and turn a corner into solutions.
MONTHLY Small EVENING Groupwork : 2 hour session £30 ( less than £8 per week ) MONTHLY Small WEEKEND Groupwork : 4 hour session £50 ( less than £13 per week ). Both Groups have up to 5 people and include 1 hour Breathwork within.
Individual Sessions, Daytime, Evenings & Weekends
2 hours : £120 / 3 hours £150 Fortnightly / Monthly A 2 hour Introduction to the process is FREE with no obligation to continue. No signups or selling. You either want to continue ( and most DO after the Breathwork experience ) or you don’t. No pressure. You and your budget decides.
Call David 07483 287470 for more info.