Breema Bodywork’s name comes from the village in the Kurdish mountains where the therapy originated. The practice has been passed down through the generations by local masters and is now found not only in Iran and Afghanistan but also in the West. Malicheck Mooshan learned this form of healing from his grandfather and then brought it to the United States, where he developed a teaching center during the 1980s. Breema Bodywork teaches people to be present with the experience of their bodies in motion. Working with its nine principles of harmony creates balance and cooperation between the mind, body, and feelings and awakens and revitalizes every cell of both the practitioner and the recipient. Like other Eastern forms of bodywork, Breema Bodywork recognizes that the act of cultivating the life-force energy, known to Kurds as del-aka, is an essential part of healing.
The applied bodywork, done on a fully clothed client lying on a padded floor, uses a variety of techniques ranging from the simple holding of points on the body to movements that enhance flexibility and dexterity. From the traditional point of view, Breema Bodywork should balance all the energy systems as a part of daily life, so the delicate or vigorous sequences of body movements used in activities such as forming bread dough or doing farm work are also employed. The bodywork is similar to Thai Massage in the way the body is rhythmically flexed by the practitioner’s forearms, feet, knees and hands, but differs in the types of brushes, bends, rhythmic stretches, and holds that are used. Breathwork is also incorporated with stretches during the treatment. As with most energetic modalities, the work is intended to activate the body’s own self-healing forces.
This comprehensive system of healing includes additional self-help Breema Exercises that are safe, nurturing, and energizing and taught to clients for their personal use. These employ natural rhythmic movements that depend on the relaxed weight of the body rather than external force. (See details in Chapter 11.)
Contact: Breema Center – www.breema.com
This modality comes from “Our Inner Ocean”, a book by Captain LeCain W. Smith: The author, LeCain W. Smith, learned early in life that his personal path to awakening was through ocean sailing, bodywork, and transformational energetic experiences. When living on the sea, making friends with the elements and with nature, he uncovered his passion for adventure, exploration, fitness, and health. He spent many years studying and experiencing bodywork and practicing yoga, qigong, breath-work, and meditation. This passion, combined with seeing numerous friends struggle with health problems, eventually drove Smith to reach out and help others through the writing of this book. If this endeavor changes the life of only one person, he will consider it a success.
Good health is something we all aspire to, but it’s so much more than just being free of disease. A perfectly functioning body, tranquil mind, and vibrant spirit working together harmoniously create the joy and happiness that put the good in good health and the worth into a life worth living. Our Inner Ocean describes ancient and new holistic modalities of practitioner-applied bodywork and revitalizing self-care practices.