Bioenergetics and Its Meaning
What it is
Dr Alexander Lowen, used aspects of Wilhelm Reich, who developed Reichian Therapy, as a basis for the theory of Bioenergetics. This occurred in the 1960's and today Bioenergetics is recognized as a legitimate form of therapy by many psychotherapists. Bioenergetics is a Western form Yoga and it aims at understanding the human personality through bodily energetic processes, including body movements and breathing exercises. It relies on the idea that a "life force" flows through the body and mind and if the flow is interrupted, illness can result.
The practitioners' aim is to unblock the flow of life energy, thereby relieving tension and bringing emotional release. Personal psychological problems such as stress, emotions and a negative attitude are all believed to affect the way we sit, stand, move and breathe.
Bioenergetics helps people to become aware of their habitual postures and body movements, which is known as "character armouring" and the emotions that are associated with them. They will be shown certain exercises that will enable them to unblock this armouring so that the body can regain it's ability to function freely and naturally. By unblocking this armour, the original emotional problem is released and counselling can then help.
How does it work?
Bioenergetics begins with a one-to-one consultation. She will assess your problem and recommend a series of exercises that are designed to unblock your energy. Later you may join a group session in which you can practice the exercises for either a 2 day workshop or a series of weekly meetings. There is no set procedure for the way that the groups are conducted, but combine a series of exercises with a period of discussion.
Who can benefit?
Due to Bioenergetics range of different benefits to different people and because of it's focus on personal growth rather than the treatment of illness many people use it simply to learn more about themselves. People have also found it to be successful in treating anxiety, depression, migraines, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcers and with those that are affected by Down's Syndrome and autism. Nearly all the people who participate in this therapy have found that they have more energy or that they feel more alive.
Researched By Body and Mind