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Baner główny strony BBTRS

Certified Training of Biodynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release

Release mental, emotional, physical trauma and tensions in the body and mind.

What is BBTRS?

The Method of Biodynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release® (BBTRS) is a new approach to body-oriented therapy. It consists of thoroughly chosen specific breathing patterns, conscious movement and dance, specialised techniques of touch and bodywork as well as exercises releasing tension from inside of the body, gentle emotional release techniques, exercises in self-awareness and meditation practices. Their thoughtful combination into an integrated flow allows the release of long-held trauma from the body and mind.

The Method of Biodynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release© was developed by Given Tonkov after over 20 years of exploration, learning and experience with clients individually and in groups. The goal of the BBTRS is to break through multilayer body armour, and by doing so also release the body, mind and nervous system on a mental, emotional and physiological level.

The result of the BBTRS can be a transformation of deeply-seated developmental, religious and social patterns. The Method allows one to experience the full spectrum of sensations and emotions available to a human being and at the same time developing their capacity to support and embrace a free flow of life energy.

The BBTRS consists of 6 main elements, which give support in releasing trauma and in integrating body and mind.

  1. Deep, connected breathing.
  2. Body and touch work (resources, supporting somatic expression).
  3. Conscious emotional expression.
  4. Movement and dance (including exercises releasing muscle tension).
  5. Sound.
  6. Meditation.

The Method of Biodynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release:

  • it creates resilient and dynamic experience, deeper than in the case of traditional therapies
  • it strengthens the body’s natural process to heal from beginning to the end
  • it releases chronic tensions and restructures systems on the cellular level
  • it allows for an intimate connection with oneself and others
  • it allows one to feel the full scale of emotions, impressions and fully celebrate life
  • it uses the power of all body systems
  • it supports the unique needs of your body at any moment
  • it allows one to deepen one's understanding of trauma and gain the following professional skills in releasing it from the body

BBTRS Training is for:

  • Everybody involved in personal healing, development and transformation.
  • BBTRS® training creates a deep and permanent change in your life (one does not have to be a professional).
  • People who want to gain professional skills in working with breath and body in order to release trauma, and by that new professional experience (no previous experience is needed).
  • People who already give sessions using BBTRS can deepen their knowledge and skills.
  • Bodyworkers, body therapist, therapeutic massage practitioners, yoga students and teachers, psychologists, psychotherapists, nature therapists and acupuncturists can deepen their understanding of trauma and gain new professional skills in releasing it.

Thanks to your personal experience you will learn how to support others on their path of transformation and healing using this deep and holistic method.

Are you looking for a real shift in your professional and/or personal life, a revolutionary toolbox to help release old patterns, traumas & long-held physical, mental and emotional tension?
Are you ready to step into greater leadership and to be a light for yourself, for others and for this world during these extraordinary times of change and transformation?
Then this training is for you!

BBTRS® Training Routes

We offer two flexible professional training routes, enabling you either to study exclusively from home or combine home study with our life-changing, in-person training workshops—depending on whether you intend to work with this modality exclusively in the virtual space or whether you want to offer hands-on, in-person client work.

The primary mode of delivery for the BBTRS Practitioner Training is online and everyone has to complete the 6-month Online Course that certifies you to give online 1:1 BBTRS sessions. If you wish to also practice BBTRS in its original 1:1 hands-on, in-person format, then attendance at two 8- or 11-day BBTRS training workshops is required. These can be completed at any of our beautiful worldwide locations.

Both routes are fully experiential, meaning that you will receive many guided individual and group BBTRS sessions and also learn how to give sessions. In either route—virtual or in-person—you will practice on other students, clients, family, or friends as part of your certification.



Online BBTRS Certification Training

260 hrs Online Course + 35 documented practice sessions, taught in 3 modules over 7-8 months



Online & In-person BBTRS Certification Training

400 hrs total, combining Online Course with three 8- or 11-day in-person workshops over a period of 8-18 months + 70 documented practice sessions.

In addition to completing the Online Course, students of the combined route are required to attend two 8- or 11-day BBTRS in-person training workshops at any of our beautiful worldwide locations.

The first in-person workshop can be taken either BEFORE starting the Online Course, or anytime during the Online Course. The second in-person workshop must be attended AFTER completing the Online Course.

  • Fully experiential workshops designed to deepen your understanding and application of the contents of the Online Course.
  • Receive and learn how to give 1:1 BBTRS sessions using touch & bodywork techniques through daily session exchanges and specially designed exercises to support your in-person work.
  • Minimum of 70 documented practice sessions for certification.
  • The timeframe for completing the Online Course + two in-person workshops can be anywhere between 8-18 months (or longer, if needed due to local COVID restrictions)

The first workshop is focused on your own experience of giving and receiving BBTRS sessions. The second workshop contains additional group mentoring sessions with the facilitators to deepen your knowledge and skills for graduation.




Graduates after completing Online & In-person BBTRS Certification Training and obtaining the title of BBTRS Practitioner:

  • are invited to apply to attend further workshops as an assisstant at no additional cost (excluding accommodation and meals)
  • can put their data on the official list of practitioners published on our website

The BBTRS is a training program accredited by:

  1. BBTRS is an approved continuing education provider for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in the USA (www.ncbtmb.org).  Our trainings are approved to offer Continuing Education units for Board Certificants.  In the USA, Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB®) is the highest credential within the massage and bodywork profession. Check the details here.

    Check the numbers

    • 7-day training = 55 points of CEU
    • 5-day training = 40 points of CEU
    • 2-day training = 16 points of CEU

    BBTRS webinars also give the possibility to obtain credit units, CEU, according to the following conversion:

    • “Anatomy and Physiology of Breathing” – 2.5 CEU
    • “Introduction to Reichian character types and developmental trauma”– 5 CEU
    • “Understanding trauma: Our body, brain and emotions” – 4.5 CEU

  2. The International Breathwork Foundation (ibfnetwork.com)
  3. The Global Professional Breathwork Alliance (breathworkalliance.com)
  4. Australian Breath Association

MODULE 1: Foundations (approx 90 hrs over 9 weeks)

The foundational module is fully experiential in nature and designed to familiarize you with all aspects of breathing and breathwork, the fundamental principles of BBTRS, what causes trauma and how it is stored in the body and affects the nervous system. You will get to know your facilitators, mentors and fellow students and, of course, yourself through a series of Zoom live teaching sessions (3×2-day units on weekends @ 5 hrs/day), group sharings and Q&A sessions with the team and student family, individual and group breathwork sessions and a 21-day meditation challenge. Teaching materials include video contents, 2 x webinars, BBTRS student manual & Giten’s best-selling e-book ‘Feel to Heal’.

Additional information:

  • Foundations of Breathwork
  • Anatomy & Physiology of Breath
  • Understanding Trauma & The Nervous System
  • The 6 elements of BBTRS & Contraindications
  • Felt Sense, Resourcing, Pendulation & Titration
  • 4 levels of (self-)touch
  • OSHO Active Meditations
  • Guided group breathwork sessions
  • How to set up a 1:1 Online BBTRS session
  • Individual BBTRS sessions with mentors


The 7 Belts of Tension (approx 120 hrs over 16 weeks)

The second module covers the fundamental psychosomatic theories of Wilhelm Reich, the founding father of body-based psychotherapy, and their applications for BBTRS. We will look at the model of 5 Body Types & Character Structures and how trauma and tension is stored in 7 “belts” of tension, specific areas in the body which roughly correlate to the chakras. You will deeply explore your own body through each belt, using breath and self-bodywork techniques, and learn how to guide others safely through the process of identifying and releasing trauma by giving and receiving 1:1 Online BBTRS sessions. Module 2 is delivered via 6 x 1-2-day weekend teaching units on Zoom (@6 hrs/day), 2 x webinars, 9 x Group/Student Family meetings

Additional information:

  • Reichian Body Types & Character Structures
  • Developmental Trauma
  • 7 Belts of Tension
  • Self-bodywork techniques for trauma release
  • Conscious movement & Unwinding
  • 1:1 Session exchanges with other students
  • Regular group sharings and Q&A sessions with team and student family
  • 21-day meditation challenge
  • Individual BBTRS sessions with mentors

MODULE 3: Bringing it all together (approx 50 hrs over up to 8 weeks

The Advanced Level includes additional meetings with facilitators, supervision during sessions and additional workshops aimed at developing specialised skills.

In the final module, you will hone and fine-tune your skills to set yourself up as a professional BBTRS Online Practitioner. You will gain tools and confidence to set up and hold safe session space, how to look after your clients & yourself, as well as the basics of how to start a business and promote yourself as a breathworker. You will be evaluated on your skills as a session giver and continue to receive the support of the team and your students family all the way through to graduation and beyond. Module 3 is taught as a consecutive 4-day Zoom teaching unit (@ 5 hrs/day). Additional time is given following the final teaching unit for students to complete all assignments and practice sessions.

Curriculum includes:

  • Online group breath sessions/workshops facilitation skills & techniques
  • Language & Listening skills
  • Use of sound & music
  • Principles of confidentiality
  • Self-marketing & promotion
  • Self-care
  • Creating safe session space for client & practitioner
  • Final group sharings and Q&A sessions with team and student family
  • Final session exchange for evaluation
  • 21-day meditation challenge
  • Individual BBTRS sessions with mentors






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Get to know the teachers of BBTRS

Zdjęcie trenerów treningu BBTRS

Giten Tonkov



Nisarga Eryk Dobosz

" Bodywork and Breathwork "