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Dr. Aimée Derbes, LAC

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13 W 28th St, Suite 5R
New York, NY, 10001
United States


Breathwork sessions with Aimée Derbes, LAc

Find out more about Breathwork here, and how this active meditation can help you heal yourself from stuck emotions and old trauma. Aimee Derbes, LAc facilitates breathwork sessions New York City / Manhattan (Flatiron / Union Square / Chelsea). Remote healing and virtual breathwork groups available!

I feel like more shifted in this one session than in the past year of weekly therapy. I feel SO happy!
— R.

What Is Breathwork?

Breathwork is an active meditation using a 3-part, fast-paced breathing pattern. A powerful, low technology form of self-healing, breathwork connects us to our bodies, moves stuck energy and emotions, and opens our hearts. It also helps us plug into our intuition, embodied wisdom, memory, and creativity. It can also be helpful for those working with chronic illness and physical concerns; if you’re curious to here more, you might read about my own experience healing lifelong asthma with breathwork.

I am a Certified Breathwork Healer and have studied how to facilitate breathwork for individuals and groups with both David Elliott and Erin Telford. I offer this work in person at my office in Flatiron, or virtually for people all over the country via Zoom; long-distance work is just as powerful and effective as in-person work, as I have confirmed myself, receiving many long-distance healing sessions over the years.

Because we all already have the gift of breath, breathwork is for everyone: even if you have anxiety or panic attacks; even if you have asthma; even if you experience chronic pain; and even if you're processing traumatic experience. Most (more like, all) of us are carrying around pain, fear, trauma, and outdated beliefs about ourselves and the world around us, which all live tucked away in our cells, in various corners of our bodies. Breathwork is a simple tool that supports us in finally shedding those heavy weights and strengthening our inner knowing and connection to our higher selves.

Breathwork is an invaluable complement to other forms of healing, such as acupuncture / herbal medicine / Healing Touch / reiki, and so on, as it allows you to begin to access and release the unconscious patterns, beliefs, and fears that might lie in between you and your best possible physical health and vibrancy. By supporting you in releasing pain, patterns, fear, and trauma, breathwork can help your body heal by shifting it into a more receptive mode, allowing your other healing treatments to penetrate more deeply.

In addition, I've seen breathwork lead to major shifts and breakthroughs in creative projects, as it opens up a unique receptive mind space for ideas and inspiration to come through clearly and be received. We are all fundamentally creative, whether we use our creativity consciously or not; breathwork is for all of us, including anyone who would like to be more in touch with their innate creativity, whether to support conception, sexual expression, or finding their unique voice and self-expression.

Thank you, thank you. You channeled everything at just the right time in our session today. The moment I walked out of your office, I was flooded with the solutions to my writing project, and it is now completed and submitted after months of self-doubt and stalling. Breathwork, FTW!
— M.

What to expect


A session consists of checking in about what’s coming up to be healed, about 35 minutes of active breathing to music, followed by 10-15 minutes of rest and integration. During the session, I provide guidance to keep you focused on your breath, and I use tools such as incenses (which clear the space and support your body’s connection to the earth) and David Elliott's essential oil blends (to help move, release, and balance energy) when appropriate.

There are a wide variety of physical sensations and emotional experiences that you might experience; while this is definitely unique to each person and their individual healing process, most people feel various types of tingling, vibration, and physical releases, as well as emotional releases.

Since I work with people in person and remotely via Zoom, there are a few additional logistics I'll share with you if you'd like to work together remotely.


After a session, you’ll likely feel some combination of clarity, calm, connection to yourself and others, forgiveness; increased feeling of groundedness; and / or some creative inspiration. In my experience, there is absolutely nothing like working with breathwork regularly to heal your body, mind, and spirit and open you to new possibilities.


I regularly offer breathwork groups at healing arts spaces around NYC, and virtual groups; the events page is current with my upcoming live and virtual breathwork groups open to the public. In the past, I have offered groups at HealHaus, Maha Rose, Space by Mama Medicine, and 97 Wellness Club, among others.

I am also available to facilitate private groups in various settings; if you are interested in offering breathwork at an upcoming gathering, or collaborating on a workshop or series, please send a note to aimee @ alignnewyork . com and let’s discuss the possibilities!

A Few Recent Breathwork Playlists...

Visit my Spotify page for more full session playlists.

Thanks so much for the Breathwork session last night! I haven’t felt so good in a long time, and I can’t wait to come back and do it again. :)
— L.