How to “UNWIND” with BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release System

Aug 02, 2017
Giten Tonkov


by Giten Tonkov, Creator of BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release System.

As a part of the BioDynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release approach, we use a concept of unwinding. In this context, the word “unwinding” relates to a repair process for tightly “wound,” tense, and tight deep-core muscular and connective fascial tissues in our physical body. This tightness is usually a response to emotional and/or physical trauma. One interesting note: sometimes long-term tension held in the body can result both in both tense areas and a weak and flaccid core.

In my experience, tension starts to form early in life for most people—and once present, stays in place as a protective mechanism. The past trauma basically triggers the Fight-or-Flight response, which becomes “stuck” in mid-swing, since we usually halt it. Rarely do human beings allow the Fight-or-Flight process to complete, as it does in nature. Therefore, like a metal spring that’s tightly wound and holds energy within it, a traumatized deep core prevents graceful, coordinated movement, as well as free-flowing, conscious emotional expression.

In reality, we use incredible amounts of energy to keep both this tension and its associated emotional charge in place. We find ways to adjust our physical coordination, posture, personality, and emotional responses around the tension.

Can you imagine living your life free from this inner tension? BioDynamic Breathwork is focused on releasing and healing trauma that has been stuck in deep-core physical and connective fascial tissues. BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release has proven to be a very powerful tool, simply because it unlocks our deeply “wound” tension and supports a monitored, connected, and incredibly beneficial process of unwinding.


Based on the knowledge of how our muscular system and connective tissues store tension, the concept is quite simple. In specific Trauma Release Exercises and Core Tension Release Exercises, we focus on activating more superficial musculature while slightly stretching tissues against the resistance of a skilled facilitator. All this is happening with the help of deep, connected breathing . Connected breath through the mouth activates the Sympathetic Autonomic Nervous System, which is responsible for the Fight-or-Flight response. At the same time, our particular Deep, Connected Breathing technique is responsible for building an actual physical charge in our bodies—thanks to the simple fact that O2 (oxygen) is converted into energy by our bodies.

Tension release is supported because of the activation of a “static” Fight-or-Flight response—one in which the physical system is activated without an “emergency” to respond to.

Activated energy that has been released by the superficial musculature travels deep into the interior of our body, deep down to the core. There, it activates the core and begins the process of unwinding this metal spring-like tension. If we observe a client in a BioDynamic Breathwork session, a congruent, flowing, unwinding movement—coming from the inside out—is plainly visible. This is what we are looking for while supporting a trauma-release session. The movement looks and feels like it is originating from the core and moving throughout the entire body, in fluid waves, from the inside out.

This fluid wave resembles “De-armoring”—not a cathartic expression that results in an exhausted tiring of the muscles, but the other way around. By engaging the muscular and fascial tissues to start the process that leads to connected and monitored emotional expression, we achieve deep relaxation.

In my supporting and observing hundreds of Breathwork, Trauma Release, and emotional release sessions, I notice that if we focus on emotional expression as a primary component, the resulting relaxation of the physical body is not long lasting. Usually physical tension comes back sooner or later—and sometimes right away, because the physical body might instantly respond to the emotional charge. Such a process can become re-traumatizing for a person who is unaware of how to use available resources and his or her Felt Sense to allow for a more conscious emotional expression.

On the other hand, when we approach Trauma Release through the physical body first, understanding that tension takes root from the outside-in, then the unwinding process can work. It unlocks the core and brings emotional expression to the surface, resulting in a long-lasting shift. Additional benefits include muscular and emotional freedom, as well as a pain-free existence.


Alexander Lowen, a founder of Bioenergetic Therapy and one of the pioneers of body-oriented therapy, identified the Formation of a Personality Structure model, which proposes that there are four layers to human beings. The first and most superficial layer is Ego, or Personality, with all-too familiar attributes such as Denial, Distrust, Blaming, Projection, and Rationalization. It is with this outermost layer that we make our contact with the world outside of ourselves. Since we encounter, interact with, and relate with others through this layer of Ego and Personality, no authentic meeting or encounter can take place without nourishing it. Even though the energy of the heart is activated with these encounters, we form this outermost layer in the first place as a protection—a desire to provide us with an illusion of safety and belonging.

Beneath this layer is the Muscular layer, which holds tension related to our past traumas, conditioning, and unmet needs. Chronic muscular tension is a main quality of this layer in cases when conscious bodywork and trauma release sessions are not utilized.

Next is the Emotional layer. Whatever unaddressed chronic muscular tension is held in the Muscular layer above translates to Pain, Fear, Rage, and Despair in the third layer. Then, beyond Emotion is the fourth and deepest layer—our Core. This is the layer of the heart. The essence of this layer always remains the same: it is the essence of love and connection.

We all associate our heart with love, and love only grows when it is shared. The energy of the heart always wants to reach out to the periphery. It wants to connect to the outside world and wants to be met in this reaching out. Issues begin to arise when the impulse to reach out for connection and sharing is met with deprivation, frustration, or punishment. This in turn produces anxiety, which causes us to erect our muscular and emotional defenses—which then impacts the formation of our personality and ego. It’s easy to see how we develop defenses to protect us. However, later in life, defenses become hindrances to accessing unbound amounts of physical energy, as well as pleasure and joy.

The good news is that no matter how long our natural impulse to reach out has been interrupted—or stuck, or wound-up in our core—it never goes away. It is always alive under all the other layers that block its path.

The beauty of releasing our Muscular layer first—the second layer, resting between the Ego and Emotional layers—is that we can easily access our muscles. We can soften our muscles, releasing tension and thus relaxing both adjoining layers. The energetic impulse travels from released muscular tension to the core, passing though the emotional layer. This gentle process stimulates the unwinding process, and along with it a soft emotional release.

This means that as you relax your physical tension, both your personality structure and emotional responses are directly affected. This happens simply because the energetic impulse from the core is able to reach to the periphery of your body, traveling freely. No more blocks of tension; no more unaddressed or incomplete traumatic responses; no more interrupted Fight-or-Flight or Freeze-Dissociation.

When the energy of the Core/Heart is allowed to move though all the other layers, they become unbound in a great and liberating way. The personality and ego begins to transform; Denial, Distrust, Blaming, Projection, and Rationalization become Self-Awareness, Self-Assertion, and Self-Possession. Chronic muscular tension becomes Graceful, Coordinated, Effective Action. Emotions transform from Pain, Fear, Rage, and Despair into Pleasure, Joy, and general good feelings. Importantly, the emotions of Pain and Sorrow can still be present, but they are no longer overwhelming and do not dominate our lives. These emotional responses, like everything else, are accepted as a passing experience. We learn to recognize that no state is permanent, no matter how painful or how blissful it may be.

Just as a tightly wound screw that holds two pieces of wood together is unwound, thus freeing the pieces of wood, our freed bioenergy starts to move from the core to periphery. More space is created in all the layers, starting from most superficial to the deepest. What used to be instantaneous reactions to particular situations become reasoned, or measured responses. As more physical space is created in our bodies, we enlarge—and in some cases create a brand new container that can hold our emotional responses without our being overwhelmed by them. We develop the ability to be with whatever is available to feel, and we view every experience as a passing one.

It is no longer a hypothesis but a known fact that unaddressed past traumas cause an onset of disease. By addressing our inner tension in a systematic, scientific way, we prevent an onset of an array of potentially life threatening and debilitating trauma-related diseases. BioDynamic Breath &Trauma Release effects our entire system, releasing core tension, and setting us free to live up to our true potential as well-integrated individuals.

Giten Tonkov, Creator of BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release System

Founder of BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release Institute

Co-founder of Integral Body Institute.

Related Articles

The BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release System® 6-Element approach empowers your body’s natural process for healing.

Personal Growth & Healing Workshops

Created specifically for those interested in improving their ability to sense and interact with what’s happening within their own bodies, our Personal Growth and Healing Workshops focus on personal experience. Treat yourself to a journey of communion and healing.

Upcoming Workshops

Special Skills Courses

Our Special Skills Courses guide participants through an embodiment practice using breath, felt sense, and movement and bring awareness to the physical sensations and feeling states throughout the entire body.

Upcoming Special Skills Courses

Professional Practitioner Certification

Tailored for individuals aiming to offer online BBTRS® sessions to clients, providing them with the essential skills and knowledge needed to lead virtual sessions. This online certification allows students to study from the comfort of their home with classes offered at times that accommodate regional time zones.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Advanced Professional Practitioner Certification

This advanced level of certification enables you to conduct BBTRS® sessions both online and in person, offering greater flexibility in serving your clients. Begin your certification journey with either an immersive In-Person Training or the convenience of Live Online Training, offered at various times to accommodate your local time zone.

Upcoming Start Dates:

BBTRS® practitioners create a safe setting to breathe, sense your body, and explore feelings in a productive way. You’ll be supported to learn how to identify and connect with your own internal resources, which you can turn to for support and comfort whenever necessary.

In these online, home-practice courses, BBTRS® Faculty Members personally guide Practitioners and Facilitators through the Biodynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release System to fully experience its transformative effects.

©2023 - Biodynamic Breathwork | All right reserved

Refund Policy

We do not offer refunds. If you need to change your attendance at this training, we will do our best to accommodate you by offering you the option of attending a different BBTRS training on a different date and/or location based on availability and within a year of the original training. There is a $150 administrative fee for changing training dates/locations, plus any difference in the cost of the two trainings. Please note that this option is not transferable to another person.

For processing change requests, please note that we require a minimum of 30 days’ notice before the booked initial BBTRS training starts.

If you are attending an In-Person training, we strongly suggest you obtain travel insurance to protect against potential changes or regulations related to COVID-19.

In the unlikely event that we must cancel this BBTRS Training, we will refund you the total amount, excluding any currency exchange and bank platform fees incurred.

Privacy Policy

Effective date: October 16, 2018

The BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release Institute operates the website.

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data. Our Privacy Policy for BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release Institute is managed through Free Privacy Policy.

We use your data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions, accessible from

Information Collection And Use

We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.

Types of Data Collected

Personal Data

While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Data”). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

  • Email address
  • First name and last name
  • Phone number
  • Address, State, Province, ZIP/Postal code, City
  • Cookies and Usage Data

Usage Data

We may also collect information how the Service is accessed and used (“Usage Data”). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

Tracking & Cookies Data

We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Service and hold certain information.

Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Tracking technologies also used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Service.

You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.

Examples of Cookies we use:

  • Session Cookies. We use Session Cookies to operate our Service.
  • Preference Cookies. We use Preference Cookies to remember your preferences and various settings.
  • Security Cookies. We use Security Cookies for security purposes.

Use of Data

The BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release Institute uses the collected data for various purposes:

  • To provide and maintain the Service
  • To notify you about changes to our Service
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Service when you choose to do so
  • To provide customer care and support
  • To provide analysis or valuable information so that we can improve the Service
  • To monitor the usage of the Service
  • To detect, prevent and address technical issues

Transfer Of Data

Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.

If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United States and process it there.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

The BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release Institute will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

Disclosure Of Data

Legal Requirements

The BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release Institute may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

  • To comply with a legal obligation
  • To protect and defend the rights or property of BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release Institute
  • To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
  • To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
  • To protect against legal liability

Security Of Data

The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Service Providers

We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service (“Service Providers”), to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.

These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.


We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service.

  • Google AnalyticsGoogle Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. This data is shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.You can opt-out of having made your activity on the Service available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js, and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity.For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page:

Links To Other Sites

Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

Children’s Privacy

Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 18 (“Children”).

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Children has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.

Changes To This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page.

We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the “effective date” at the top of this Privacy Policy.

You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please:

  • Email us at
  • Submit our Contact Form

Terms and Confidentiality Agreement

Please make sure that you read the full text and that you agree with every detail mentioned here. It is very important that you confirm this agreement before attending any of our events.

By registering, I understand that I am required to maintain the confidentiality and privacy of demo clients and my fellow participant’s attendance regarding anything they’ve shared or processed.

By registering, I agree this will be a safe space of openness where cultural, historical, generational, societal, and personal differences are respected without verbal or physical judgment, criticism, or harm.

By registering, I am aware that recording equipment maybe be present during this workshop. If I ask a question my voice will be recorded and I may appear on video. This video may be posted on the Biodynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release™ website, YouTube, FaceBook, and other media outlets.
If I do not want to appear on video it is my responsibility to inform the course facilitators at the beginning of course. In this case I will not be videoed.

By registering, I understand that I may be presented with the opportunity to participate in a recorded demonstration session in front of the class. I understand that my participation is voluntary. We may pause or discontinue my participation at my discretion or the discretion of BBTRI course facilitator or another Faculty member. I acknowledge that demonstration sessions may include questions about my personal trauma history and/or my emotional and psychological states. My decision to reveal such information is entirely voluntary. I am under no obligation to share anything I do not want to.

II understand that the BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release Workshop & Training can be physically and emotionally intense. By registering, I agree that neither Alexander ‘Giten’ Tonkov, Biodynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release™ Institute, nor any of its staff, coordinators, assistants, faculty members, technicians, affiliates, the venue, or representatives have any responsibility or liability for physical or emotional harm, property loss or damage that may result from attendance at or travel to and from the Workshop and I hereby release them from all claims in connection with my attendance of this workshop.

I acknowledge that I am required to inform the staff about relevant psychiatric history, infectious diseases, drug use, and all present health conditions before participation in the training. I understand that no refunds are provided under any circumstance after the beginning of the workshop. I understand that BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release Institute (BBTRI) Staff reserve the right to request termination of my participation if I have not complied with all of the above guidelines, and/or if BioDynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release Institute’s staff deems it not suitable for me to continue at any point in the workshop.