Breathing and Bodywork
We all know how to breathe… or do we???

2½ hr Midwifery Workshop at your location.

Workshop Leader: Monika Boenigk, CMS, CNS, Childbirth Educator, Dip. Couns.


Breathing and bodywork workshop

For most of us, most of the time, breathing comes naturally — so naturally that we are barely aware of it. But in childbirth, awareness of breathing is crucial. Breathing gives a woman power over her labour. Knowledge of the range of breathing modalities available in the various phases of labour is essential for both woman and midwife. In the “Breathing” part of this workshop, participants learn to appreciate and control every nuance of breathing: timing, rhythm, depth, effort, and the production of constructive sounds. The focus is always on “relaxing and opening — down and out”.

Breathing and bodywork workshop

In the “Bodywork” part of this workshop, we focus on the physical areas that matter most in childbirth: neck, shoulders, pelvis, soft birth passage, and thighs. A variety of exercises increase our awareness of these regions. We learn how to release tension and enhance overall relaxation. Special stretching exercises enable participants to appreciate the various internal resources they themselves employ in coping with uncomfortable sensations — just as a woman needs to do when she inevitably realizes that labour is “more painful than she thought”.

All exercises are suitable for pregnant women to practise in antenatal classes or in antenatal bodywork at home. This training is an integral part of the preparation for normal childbirth and provides a firm foundation for the relaxation component of holistic midwifery.


After completion of this workshop

Breathing and bodywork workshop

Note: We require a large, quiet, well-ventilated room. The floor should ideally be carpeted for our practical exercises near floor level; alternatively, each participant should bring a blanket or small mat.

This workshop is suitable for approximately 14–20 participants.

For further details of this workshop, please contact Monika at BirthRite Head Office (Germany).

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