Professional Practitioner Certification

US / EU Regions | October 18th - 20th, 2024

Professional Practitioner Certification is designed for individuals ready to begin their journey of professional certification with the intention of providing online BBTRS® sessions to individual clients. With this certification, you will gain the necessary skills and knowledge to safely administer BBTRS® virtually.


Upon completion, you’ll be equipped to conduct BBTRS® sessions online, with the option to expand your practice in the future by transitioning to an Advanced Professional Practitioner.


Embark on a comprehensive journey towards certification with our Professional Practitioner program.

Professional Practitioner Certificate
187 Hours of Study | 3 – 6 Months

Below is a detailed roadmap outlining the key milestones on your path to becoming a certified Professional Practitioner of the Biodynamic Breathwork Trauma Release System (BBTRS®). Each milestone is meticulously designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct BBTRS® sessions online, ensuring you are fully prepared to serve your clients effectively.

Once you’ve explored the roadmap, discover the upcoming start dates for Online Module 1 Trainings, available year-round and tailored to fit your schedule, location, and time zone.

187 Hours of Study | 3 – 6 Months


*Tuition is not inclusive of four (4) $120 individual mentor sessions payable directly to the mentor.

BBTRI offers Professional Practitioner Certification Trainings throughout the year to match your availability, location, and time zone. Below are the start dates for our upcoming Online Module 1 Trainings, any of which can be attended to begin your journey towards becoming a certified BBTRS Professional Practitioner.

Also listed are start dates for Module 2 which are required to complete certification.

US / EU Enrollment option 1

Online Module 1 (October 2024)

Online Module 1 is a three-day, fully experiential Zoom experience designed to familiarize you with the foundations of trauma.





Dates :

Day 1: October 18th

Day 2: October 19th

Day 3: October 20th

Daily Schedule:

Pacific (LA):

7AM - 1PM

Eastern (NYC):

10AM - 4PM

Central European:

4PM - 10PM

Upon completion of Online Module 1, you will need to register for Online Module 2 in order to satisfy the requirements for Professional Practitioner Certification. Below is the next Online Module 2 Course for the US / EU Region. Please contact registration to enroll.


Online Module 2 (November 2024 - December 2024)

This six-day module is a compilation of live Zoom classes, group sharings, and student “buddy pod” meetings; additional recorded study sessions support the content.





Dates :

Weekend 1: November 2nd – 3rd
Weekend 2: November 23rd – 24th
Weekend 3: December 14th – 15th

Daily Schedule:

Pacific (LA):​

7AM - 1PM

Eastern (NYC):

10AM - 4PM

Central European:

4PM - 10PM

We have answers for you!

Embarking on a new career path and training as a BBTRS® Certified Practitioner requires a significant commitment, to yourself, the training, and the clients you’ll be serving. We promise you, it’s worth it. Yet, we understand that you may have some questions or concerns about whether this is really right for you.

That’s why we offer both free 30-minute consultation calls with members of our team, as well as live Q&A Sessions with fellow prospective students and BBTRI team members. These opportunities are designed to address any questions you may have and help you make the right choice.

Our next live Q&A will be hosted on Sunday July 14, 2024 at 8:30pm CET / 2:30pm EST. Click “Free Q&A Sessions” below to learn more.

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Our Accrediting Partners

Our BBTRS® Practitioner Certification Program is the most widely recognized professional breathwork facilitator training in the market. It meets or exceeds the standards of these affiliated organizations and accrediting bodies for minimum required hours as established by the Australian Breathwork Association, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, International Breathwork Foundation, and the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance.

Online Module 1

The first of two primary educational modules is a three-day, fully experiential Zoom experience designed to familiarize you with the foundations of trauma—including the basics of how the body works when under stress—as well as the fundamental principles of breathwork and trauma release, built on key supporting ideas from leading somatic researchers.

Topics/activities include:

• BBTRS’s 6 Elements of Breath, Movement, Sound, Touch, Emotions, and Meditation
• Its most important supporting principles of Felt Sense, Resourcing, Pendulation, and Titration
• Self-care
• Language and listening skills
• Active Meditations
• Guided group breathwork sessions
• How to set up a 1:1 Online BBTRS Session
• Use of sound and music in sessions
• Principles of confidentiality
• Creating a safe session space for both client and practitioner
• Individual BBTRS sessions with mentors
• Session exchanges with other students
• Group Q&A Session

7 - Part Guided Breathwork Journey / Home Practice

In this online, home-practice course, BBTRS® founder Giten Tonkov guides you on a personal journey with the Biodynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release System. You can access and experience the 7 guided sessions of 30 to 45 minutes each in two ways: Do the program once, with access for 7 days only (maximum of 5.25 hours); or do it three times in a row (15.75 hours over 21 consecutive days), and retain lifetime access to the online program.

Online Module 2

This six-day module is a compilation of live Zoom classes, group sharings, and student “buddy pod” meetings; additional recorded study sessions support the content. This experiential module uses breath and self-bodywork techniques to invite a deep, personal understanding of how and why trauma is stored in the body. Students learn how to run an actual session, both through instruction and through receiving sessions in exchanges with other students. These techniques allow participants to learn both more about themselves and how to guide clients safely through the same process—with targeted attention to hands-on techniques that support clients in a virtual space.

Topics/activities include:

• The psychosomatic theories of Wilhelm Reich, the founding father of body-based psychotherapy

• How trauma and tension are stored in the body’s 7 “Belts of Tension,” which roughly correlate to the chakras

• Session Demonstrations for 7 Belts of Tension (Live and prerecorded)

• Developmental Trauma • Self-bodywork techniques for trauma release • Conscious movement and unwinding

• Skills involved in facilitating in-person, small-group breath sessions/workshops

• Skills involved in facilitating online group breath sessions/workshops

• 1:1 Session exchanges with other students

• Regular group sharings

• Q&A sessions with the faculty and student “buddy pods”

• Individual BBTRS sessions with mentors

21 - Day Meditation Challenge

Students are required to complete a 21-day meditation challenge using meditation(s) of their own choice. Benefits of this practice include developing inner space, an inner witness—which is extremely important in embracing the process of supporting other people. Meditation allows us to track felt sensations, look at the self objectively, and be present to our own experiences in non-judgmental awareness. The ability to grow the ability to be present for others is an extremely important skill for all professionals in the helping and healing arts.

BBTRS Webinars

Live instruction is supported by pre-recorded webinars that are accessed by students on their own time. These materials provide “deeper dives” into topics informing the foundations of BBTRS, and provide background and context for the live sessions. Therefore, we recommend that students become familiar with these webinars before they attend Module 2. Please note: These webinars reference the work of standard-setters in many fields, and some topics might at first appear to be science-heavy—but don’t feel concerned. Our instructors have made the content accessible to students from all walks of life and specialties. Plus, you’ll learn a lot about your own body!

  • Self-Bodywork for BBTRS® and Breathwork Practitioners
  • Somatic Skills & Practices for Online Sessions
  • Bodywork Techniques for BBTRS® – The Seven Belts of Tension
  • Anatomy & Physiology of Breathwork
  • Introduction to Reichian Character Structures & Developmental Trauma
  • Understanding Trauma: Our Body, Brain & Emotions

35 - Online Practice Sessions

Students must provide 35 online practice sessions. These are documented sessions, and often are shared with friends, family, or other student or professional clients. These sessions support the student’s growth as a preactitioner; throughout these sessions, a mentor is available to consult if needed.

35 In-Person Practice Sessions

Similar to the 35 required Online Practice Sessions, students must provide 35 additional In-Person Practice Sessions. These are documented sessions, and often are shared with friends, family, other students, or professional clients. These sessions support the student’s growth as a practitioner; throughout these sessions, a mentor is available to consult if needed.

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.

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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.

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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.

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