Bioenergetic therapy blends traditional psychotherapy with a body-oriented approach. Based on the connection between mental, emotional and physical health, Bioenergetic therapy focuses on freeing blocks to the natural flow of energy in the body. Symptoms of unhappiness and stress such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, or decreased sexuality can be linked to chronic body tensions which inhibit energy flow. Over time, chronic tensions, often out of our awareness, can also lead to physical disease such as heart attacks, ulcers, and headaches. By working directly with the body to relieve tensions and release blocked emotions, we can become more free, more relaxed, and more able to enjoy life.
Bioenergetic therapy sessions generally include a combination of talking and body-oriented work. Sessions are individualized for each person’s specific issues and needs. Exercises incorporate deepening the breath, bringing greater awareness to the body, releasing tensions, increasing contact with the ground through the feet and legs, and expressing emotions. Talking integrates the mind in understanding the conditions from a person’s past which originally led to developing bodily tension as a way of coping.
Massachusetts Society for Bioenergetic Analysis
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