“And the truth must finally lie in that which every oppressed individual feels within himself but hasn't the courage to express”

Wilhem Reich

 

The model of bodywork I use is based on an integration of the theories of two psychotherapists, Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen. Both of these devoted a large portion of their professional lives to understanding the impact on the body of formative process.


Wilhelm Reich, who was a student of Freud, developed his theory of character structure defence at the turn of the last century. Character structure defence is how we have learnt to protect ourselves form bring hurt emotionally. We do this by creating core belief about ourselves and the world and also energetically in the body. Alexander Lowen, who was a client and student of Reich, collaborated in developed the approach known as bioenergetics, which is techniques learnt to help identify emotional energy in the body and discharge it. In practice, these models gracefully complement each other in their theories and approach to resolving the effects of unconscious trauma in the body.


Within psychotherapy, I frequently use cognitive memory to look backwards at our history, to observe how we got to here, why we have become who we recognise we are. This is not the full extent of our resources of self- information. I also maintain an emotional history of self that we inhabit physically/somatic - a body history. There is an obvious and significant triad here.


Character structure defence and the bioenergetic approach have at their core an inclusion of the body in their theoretical framework and seek to provide an understanding of how the body process can be accessed and included in the psychotherapy relationship.

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