Rebirthing (breathwork)

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Rebirthing-breathwork is a type of breathwork invented by psychotherapist Leonard Orr.[1] Orr proposed that correct breathing can cure disease and relieve pain.[1]

Orr devised rebirthing therapy in the 1970s after he supposedly re-lived his own birth while in the bath.[2] He claimed that breathing techniques could be used to purge traumatic childhood memories that had been repressed.[2][3]

Rebirthing-breathwork is one of the practices critiqued by anti-cult experts Margaret Singer and Janja Lalich in the book Crazy Therapies: What Are They? Do They Work?.[1] Singer and Lalich write that proponents of such "bizarre" practices are proud of their non-scientific approach, and that this finds favor with an irrational clientele.[1] In 2006, a panel that consisted of over one hundred experts participated in a survey of psychological treatments; they considered rebirthing therapy to be discredited.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d Carroll RT (2011), "Psychotherapies, New Age", The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions, John Wiley & Sons, p. 317, ISBN 978-1-118-04563-3
  2. ^ a b Radford B (2000). "New Age 'Rebirthing' Treatment Kills Girl". Skeptical Inquirer. 24 (5): 6. Rebirthing therapy was founded by therapist Leonard Orr in the 1970s, who is said to have re-experienced his own birth while taking a bath
  3. ^ Turner S (30 May 1988). "Echoes of the age of Aquarius; Festival of Mind-Body-Spirit". The Times.
  4. ^ Norcross, J.C., Koocher, G.P., & Garofolo, A. (2006). Discredited Psychological Treatments and Tests: A Delphi Poll. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 37: 515-522.