What is it and How does it Work?
Bioenergetic Analysis is a body-based psychotherapy based on the work of Wilhelm Reich, Alexander Lowen and Bob and Virginia Hilton. As a therapeutic modality, it combines bodily, analytic and relational therapeutic work. Bioenergetic Analysis helps to release chronic muscular tension, expand the capacity for intimacy, heal sexual traumas and learn more fulfilling ways of relating to others. Tenderness, aggressiveness and assertiveness are seen as core lifesaving forces. The therapeutic relationship provides a place of safety in which healing begins: the therapist “reads” the language of the client’s body (posture/gesture, breathing, motility, expression), feels their emotions and listens to their words. It is “holistic” therapy in that both the mind and body (and their continual interactions) are addressed.
Bioenergetic analysis helps clients release unconscious holding patterns in their body through breathing, movement and emotional expression while being supported by an experienced, empathic therapist. As a certified bioenergetic therapist, I believe strongly in the connection between our mind, body and emotions. Bioenergetic psychotherapy is one of the most useful and effective techniques I know for getting unstuck from the effects of past traumatic events. Bioenergetic Analysis incorporates attachment theory and relational therapy concepts, as well that of new findings in the fields of neuroscience and trauma therapy. There is an understanding that:
- somatic, non-verbal processes are vitally important for the processing of early developmental issues
- toxic environments and early relational trauma are not only seriously damaging to the sense of self but also to the form and motility of a person’s body
- good therapy has to provide strong relational holding – as well as grounding – if the bodily and psychological self is to be restored