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Body Oriented Therapy

Many 'modern ills' arise when the mind and body work at cross purposes. Most people immediately grasp the truism that the body and the mind should work together. However, when it comes to the practical endeavor of increasing good feelings and decreasing bad feelings, it is not so clear how to proceed.

Most traditions of physical wellness still treat the body like a car and the mind like a driver. That is, they still view 'the person' as the mind, and the body as a necessary vehicle. Some people want to drive a Ferrari, and others are content with a more modest car, but largely we seem to believe that a mental sense of direction is all that affects where we end up. This point of view is deeply ingrained in our culture. Even most eastern traditions, such as yoga, that are taught within our culture seem to become somehow pulled into this split.

A physician and therapist named Alexander Lowen believed the biggest changes in satisfaction only came when the body was included, not as an appendage, but as the seat of feelings, and as an additional seat of personhood. He was inspired by Wilhelm Reich and spent several decades learning by trial and error how to incorporate body awareness and bodywork into counseling. He called this tradition Bioenergetics. Though the name may sound 'new-age-ish' it is remarkably compatible both with common sense, and with everyday experience and observation. Below is a link to a larger website devoted to the application of these ideas:

Read About Reich and Lowen Therapy

Bio-energetics is based on the principle that good feelings are the foundation for a good life. I have worked and trained in Bioenergetics for several years. While the general concepts inform all my work, it is possible to include more or less of this format in sessions, depending on what the client wishes.