Breema® is a simple, natural form of touch and body movement supported by universal principles. The aim of Breema is to bring us to a tangible experience of presence that becomes our foundation for a new dimension of health, consciousness, and self-understanding.
Breema provides a unique approach to experiencing body-mind connection. It offers a profound understanding of the underlying unity of all life that is expressed in a dynamic and practical philosophy, the key to which is found in the Nine Principles of Harmony. The practice of Self-Breema exercises and Breema bodywork is a living expression of that philosophy through the vehicle of the body.
The nonjudgmental atmosphere created by our use of the Principles is deeply nourishing and enables us to let go of conditioned patterns, so that we can connect to new and more natural ways of moving, thinking, and feeling. Breema’s Principles can be integrated and applied in any profession and in all activities of daily life, helping us bring greater harmony to all our relationships.
About Breema Bodywork and Self-Breema (watch a video)
Breema bodywork and Self-Breema exercises use nurturing touch, tension-relieving stretches, and rhythmic movements to create physical, mental, and emotional balance. Breema’s commonsense wisdom guides the practitioner to support the body’s instinctive healing energy, nurturing vitality instead of focusing on symptoms of illness or imbalance.
The Breema philosophy and its Nine Principles of Harmony address the essential nature of life, the deeper meaning of health and how to actualize it, and the means of gaining practical, self-verified knowledge that can lead to an understanding of our unique potential as human beings.
Every aspect of Breema, including the form of the movement, the atmosphere, the practitioner-recipient dynamic, the practitioner’s quality of touch, and the purpose and effect of the sequence or exercise, is a perfect expression of those interrelated principles.
By applying the principles and supporting body-mind connection, Breema facilitates a taste of presence in the body that becomes the foundation of a new dimension of Consciousness.
In Breema bodywork, one person gives while the other receives. Sessions takes place on a padded floor, with practitioner and recipient comfortably dressed. The fully-supported movements include firm yet gentle stretches, precise and gradual leans into the muscles, nurturing brushes and holds, and a wide variety of playfully rhythmic movements.
Unique in its inherent expression of the Nine Principles of Harmony, Breema eliminates the need for any force by the practitioner. Instead, it uses the natural mechanics, rhythm, and relaxed weight of the practitioner’s body to create a precise and dynamic balance that is profoundly comfortable, enjoyable, and beneficial for both recipient and practitioner.
Jon Schreiber, D. C., director of the Breema Clinic and Breema Center in Oakland, California, graduated first in his class at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Over the past three decades he has helped patients to discover the real meaning of health, using Breema, Self-Breema, and the Nine Principles of Harmony.
Dr. Schreiber has been teaching Breema in the U.S. and internationally since 1980. He has presented Breema to groups in the fields of medicine, psychology, bodywork, exercise, holistic health, and personal growth. His numerous articles and books focus on the universal and practical philosophy of Breema.
Denise Berezonsky is co-author of Self-Breema: Exercises for Harmonious Life, Associate Director of The Breema Clinic and Senior Staff Instructor at The Breema Center. Denise has helped many people increase their vitality and discover new dimensions of health through the practice of Breema bodywork and Self-Breema exercises. She has maintained an active national and international teaching schedule since 1994.