Therapy and Teaching

Therapy and Teaching


“Let the Breath in aliento1
Let it out and wait
Until it goes in again by itself”

Ilse Middendorf

According to Professor Ilse Middendorf, the creator of this breath education, “Breath is life”. It feeds every cell, it sustains every word pronounced, every sound produced by the vocal cords holds on to its flow. Its strength infuses life in our feelings and provides balance for the difficulties of our existence. Both the basic and advanced work follow the same method: the body perceives breath movement through the acts of inhaling and exhaling, and the break provides rest – mentally and physically, Breath becomes the source of experience.

By turning to ourselves, we perceive our body and breathing becomes experience. That is where the three pillars of Breathexperience stem from:

– Focus on the body (presence)
– Perceive oneself (feel oneself)
– Breathe

These three components influence and depend on one another and are the basis of Breathwork with Breathexperience”, claims Ilse Middendorf.

 Breath education and therapy is genuine and innovative in terms of its methodology and aims, taking natural breath as the matter to be treated, investigated, and transformed.

Every human being that dedicates themselves to learning is his or her own teacher: getting to know one’s own Breath the way it is, experiencing its laws, and living its transformation into the physical and the mental go hand in hand. It’s a profound personal process. The teacher or the therapist provides the guidelines to be followed during the exercises, but the student decides how involved they get and they act within their abilities. The student experiences Breath movement and everything that goes with it: the peace of mind becomes palpable from the onset and as the work progresses, it turns into a lasting state. Learning and therapy become experience: they unchain the knowledge and the word starts to make sense.

Every breath is bodily movement and can be perceived as such. This can be learnt. Developing our “memory of perception” we realise that our breathing can be an inexhaustible source of new knowledge. This knowledge is based on the ample field of instinct, emotion, and intuition.