What people have to say about
Breema® is so hard to describe. For me, it
touches on every aspect of life.
It supports me to have a taste of who I am, before the
stuff that covers over that essential nature. Breema is
also very physically nurturing, balancing for the feelings
and helps to quiet the mind.
Breema is a way to actually experience "being"
in daily walking, talking... sitting.
I continue to discover how Breema is much more than
bodywork. It's Being-work. DW
Winter Intensive At The Breema Center - Julie Russell
At the beginning of each class we were presented with
one of the Breema principles to really practice for that
session. This made the principles come very alive, and
their importance grew inside me during the whole workshop,
and even today. These principles are truly a way of life,
and their effects go beyond the Breema treatments. They
are still coming alive in all aspects of my life...
I would encourage anyone to go to The Breema center to
be in a wonderful atmosphere of learning and support,
and at the same time I cannot neglect saying that we have
one of the very best Breema teachers right here in Nashville
in Katherine Correa.
What Breema Is To Me
Breema was introduced to me in 2004 by Julie Russell.
She is a Breema practitioner and a Yoga instructor who
volunteers her services to inmates at Riverbend Maximum
Security Institution every Wednesday. The following is
a tribute derived from my experiences with Breema, the
Nine Principles of Harmony. I am not an official Breema
practitioner, however, I believe my interpretations of
what Breema does for me can help others.
Frequent use of one or more of the Nine Principles of
Harmony has provided me with sustaining peace; similar
to my childhood years at play, having no thought, worries,
or strong attachments beyond the present moment of what
is actually occurring. Each principle has a unique transforming
power. The simplicity of Breema makes it as universally
practical and as easy as thinking. Whenever I become aware
of myself doing one thing and thinking another, I simply
call to mind a principle that suits the activity of thought,
and instantly I return to the moment. Occasionally principles
will surface within me without deliberate thought, operating
like an alarm system against distractions.
I enjoy the fruits of peace and crisp consciousness from
living in the moment. Breema has been a simple yet wholesome
way for me to enjoy life despite the condition of my body
in prison. My life is not confined and Breema helps me
to know that my being continues to flow in every moment.
Rahim Buford 2006
It's hard to explain Breema if you haven't yet experienced
it. If you read the book "The Power of Now",
Breema will bring you to the actual experience of all
that "The Power of Now" is about.
- Doug 2008
photo by Krystal Kinnunan
An article about Breema by a local
Breema Introduction Provides "AHA" Moment We've
all seen the bumper sticker proclaiming, "The meaning
of life is to live it." It's easy to say, but sometimes
hard to do. Being stressed about past issues or worried
about the future can keep us from living in the moment.
The first Breema workshop I happened upon gave me some
tools to stay in the moment and enjoy living my life.
Like all Breema workshops, the one I attended was open
to all. Some people attending were massage therapists.
Others had experienced Breema from a certified practitioner.
Sitting in a circle, I was forced to admit the reason
I was attending my first Breema workshop. "This workshop
was inexpensive and I needed some massage continuing education
hours. I don't know anything about Breema. I just thought
it was a good deal to learn something."
A few people in the class snickered. The instructor visiting
from Nashville, Katherine Correa, simply smiled. "Well,
I hope you find something here that is of value for you."
The class started with a body-centered meditation and
Self-Breema exercises. The exercises looked like a blend
of qi gong, tai chi, and the playful movements of a child.
We hopped. We swung our arms. We let our hands rhythmically
strike our chests. After years of on-again off-again yoga
practice, the simple pleasure of moving my body had been
lost. I often struggled to hold my body in the perfect
position. Breathe deeply. Move my arm another three degrees.
Now I'm perfectly in alignment. Hold it...hold it!
Breema movement was different.
I wasn't seeking the energy movement of qi gong. I wasn't
holding my body in the Iyengar approved version of a yoga
asana. My body was moving with joy. I felt light and at
Self-Breema is just one part of the whole. Breema is a
complete system unto itself. All aspects of Breema are
methods of communicating Breema's Nine Principles of Harmony.
The principles are simple: Body Comfortable, No Extra,
Firmness and Gentleness, Full Participation, Mutual Support,
No Judgement, Single Moment/Single Activity, No Hurry/No
Pause, and No Force. The Nine Principles of Harmony are
what separate Breema from other forms of bodywork.
Although it can create incredible physical change, the
bodywork is not intended to fix anything. The focus is
on creating an atmosphere of acceptance wherein one can
experience "My body is breathing. My body has weight.
There is a body and there is an observer. I am that observer."
For years after my orthopedic massage training, I struggled
with relaxation massage. I wanted to dig in and fix problems
with the person's body. If I wasn't reshaping a disorganized
body, reducing adhesions, or deactivating trigger points,
practicing massage wasn't fulfilling to me.
I was always trying to do extra to make the relaxation
massage "enough" for the patient and for me.
Maybe if I did heat first it would feel better to me.
The client would let me do more deep tissue work because
it would be more comfortable. After a one-hour massage,
I would review the client's chart for drug induced nutrient
depletion. I would recommend supplements. I would teach
I was doing Extra. The experience of Breema taught me
to do what I could do and let that be enough. I didn't
need to do anything more, be anything more, feel anything
more, or know anything more. All I had to do was be present.
Breema practitioners don't ask you to follow a certain
philosophy. You don't have to believe anything to experience
Breema. All of the teachings of Breema reduce to this
simple statement, "Real health means harmony with
Existence." Your experience of moving and having
your body moved in harmony with existence defines Breema
Breema bodywork looks like what might happen if low impact
Thai Massage, Shiatsu, Ortho Bionomy and Zero Balancing
all melded together. The recipient lies face up on a mat
or rug. The active partner begins with a bow.
What follows feels like a combination of dance and massage.
A hand leans, holds, and then releases my ankle. My legs
are lifted. As they are swung in the air, I can't help
Shortly thereafter, with the bodywork continuing, I found
myself in a deeply meditative state. A memory came to
my mind. I was five or six. We had been traveling on a
road trip all day long. I was asleep in the back seat.
My dad lifted my body, waking me slightly. I lifted my
head enough to see that it was my dad and then fell asleep
as he carried me in. That feeling of being completely
supported is, for me, the feeling of Breema. I had no
thoughts. In that moment, I had only the feeling of my
body breathing and my dad supporting me.
I had read The Celestine Prophecy, The Power
of Now, and dozens of other books on being present in
the moment. Until I experienced in Breema a complete kinesthetic
experience of what Being felt like, those books remained
In his book, Breema: Essence of Harmonious Life, Jon Schreiber
recalls a conversation he had with the man who introduced
him to Breema. "I once asked Malichek what he thought
about Teachings. 'Respect all Teachings,' he told me,
'but follow only that which you can verify for yourself."
That is the gift Breema gives. It reaches a place where
you can directly experience and verify for yourself the
art of being present.
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Every Moment is Eternal
Time, by itself, doesn't exist. Nor can you find a source
produces time. But we feel pressured by it. In fact, freedom
means freedom from the pressure of time. Because as long
you don't know who you are, you are subject to that pressure.
We think that our physical body is what's mainly affected
by time. But our mind and feelings are affected much
When you are interested in something you're doing, the
of time decreases proportionally according to the intensity
interest. But when you're not interested in what you're
pressure of time becomes heavier. Two minutes seem like
Time can't be measured by a clock. That only measures
duration of time, not time itself.
When you are present, you don't experience even the slightest
pressure of time. Whatever you do feels like the only
needs to be done, and you are doing it. You have no sense
because you're living in the present. The pressure of
when you're in the past or future.
In the moment, time doesn't exist. There is one moment,
and the entire Existence is included in it. What was,
is, and will be are one.
You are in unity with everything that exists, because
nothing is separated
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