IBF Guidelines for Qualified Breathwork Practitioners

Working with Clients

  1. Take a full and thorough history of a new client with details to include physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, medical and psychological conditions either prior to, or during the first session.
  2. Establish a clear contract with clients regarding number and duration of sessions and financial terms.
  3. We do not offer guarantees of healing. Healing comes when practitioner, client and Spirit work in co-operation.
  4. Establish clear practitioner ethical boundaries withclients.
  5. Be aware and ownyour own professional limitations, and ofthe appropriate time to refer a client on.

Continued Personal and Professional Development

  1. As practitioners we maintain our practice of conscious ‘intention led’ breathing, both on our own and facilitated by fellow practitioners, so that we continue to take responsibility for our own thoughts, feelings and actions.
  2. Know and understand the different types of conscious breathing techniques and their effects.
  3. Continue to identify and clear personal birth process and our basic thought-patterns, family patterns, inherited attitudes and specific negative thoughts.
  4. A continuous and on-going commitment to personal professional and therapeutic development.
  5. Awareness and practice of spiritual purification processes e.g.: water, earth, fire and air.

Recommendations for Breathwork Practitioner Training

  1. The length of a Breathwork training is approximately 400 hours over a minimum of 2 years. The training will ideally include theoretical input from the teachers; supervised practice with clients; a minimum of 20 individual breath sessions as a client and 20 individual sessions as a facilitator with fellow students; written assignments, readings, and assisting at Breathwork trainings/seminars.
  2. A clearly outlined program of study where the input topics covered by the trainers is stated and the output/individual work from the students is also outlined. Applicants are aware of the program and requirements thereof before they register for the training.
  3. The training has stated entry requirements and they are communicated to the training candidates. Trainers assess the suitability of applicants through interviews, application forms and references.
  4. There is more than one trainer to deliver the Breathwork training, giving students a rich, varied and broad experience of what is possible within Breathwork.
  5. There is one assistant for every six students.
  6. There is a support group or “buddy” system to facilitate the exchange of Breathwork sessions by students between trainingmodules.
  7. The program has a holistic perspective and acknowledges the need for the study of anatomy, physiology and psychopathology i.e., the symptoms of mental disturbance.
  8. The students should be made aware (or presented with copies) of the IBF and the GBPA training and ethicalstandards.
  9. A reading list of recommended books and CDs is given to students.
  10. Students receive both theoretical and experiential knowledge of different forms & applications of breathing, including the differences between nose and mouthbreathing.
  11. The training includes the theoretical and practical training experience of breathing in hot and cold water under supervision. With a full understanding/explanation ofthe differences and benefits ofthe hot&cold-water environments.
  12. Students are taught to work from a ‘heart centred’ and intuitive perspective, supported by their theoretical knowledge.
  13. Students are trained in affirmation techniques and the concept that ‘Thought is creative’.
  14. Students only work with the public under supervision until they are considered to be ready by the trainers and in any case not before they have successfully completed the first half of the training.
  15. Students who want to work as professionals take 3 (public) clients through a minimum of 10 sessions, under supervision, in order to complete their training.
  16. On successful completion of the course, the graduate’s certificate clearly documents the hours covered in theory, experiential work and supervision.
  17. At the end of the training an evaluation form is given to the students and their thoughts and feelings are discussed openly.