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What is Body psychotherapy ?

Psycho-body therapy is based on the principles of William Reich (psychiatrist of the early twentieth century), according to which painful memories are repressed in the unconscious and recorded in the body which forms a protective armor. Therapy is therefore based on communication between the body and the emotions and the possibility of acting on one […]

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Psycho-body therapy is based on the principles of William Reich (psychiatrist of the early twentieth century), according to which painful memories are repressed in the unconscious and recorded in the body which forms a protective armor. Therapy is therefore based on communication between the body and the emotions and the possibility of acting on one to relieve the other.

Unlike classic psychotherapies based solely on speech, body psychotherapy considers the body and language as a gateway to well-being. Throughout life, the body keeps track of emotional wounds. Relieving physical tensions therefore makes it possible to act directly on the psyche and relieve suffering. The psycho-body approach favors movement, relaxation, and massage.

Different techniques are possible in body psychotherapy:

  • The relaxation
  • The relaxation therapy 
  • Yoga, qi gong, tai chi or shiatsu
  • Different massage techniques
  • The EMDR
  • The cardiac coherence 
  • Biodynamic psychology
  • Bioenergetics analysis.

Psycho-corporal therapy makes it possible to repair the painful emotions, the sufferings or the traumas present. It is useful during a difficult period (loss, break-up, suffering) or when having difficulty managing emotions, anxieties, stress, or fears. It makes it possible to overcome a psychic or physical blockage. It allows to acquire a better knowledge of oneself, and to develop their psychic and physical well-being.

Body psychotherapy: characteristics

Psycho-body therapy is based on the principle of “bodymind” or “body consciousness”. The body is not only an envelope; it records personal experiences and family heritage. It is a living memory of emotions. A person’s posture and character are influenced by traumas from the past and fears of the future. There is a real reciprocal interaction between body and mind.

This therapeutic approach is therefore aimed at people suffering from depression, stress, phobias and somatization through specific characteristics:

She is interested in the present and the way (the “how”) in which the person came to feel their current difficulty.

It does not focus on looking for the reasons (the “why”) of the person’s suffering.

She considers that a person is equivalent to the functioning of his organs. If one malfunctions, the other will malfunction too.

She uses techniques of selective concentration and attention, sometimes with the help of an altered state of consciousness.

It always offers work with the body, through movement (limbs, eyes, body), breathing (often in the stomach) and posture.

How does a psycho-body therapy session take place?

The therapist is first interested in the patient’s story, his body language and his emotions. It helps it to observe certain unconscious movements, or certain muscular or vocal tensions. The first step is therefore an awareness of his existential suffering and the traumas present in his body. The therapist then helps to unravel the blockages and behaviors associated with this suffering.

Each therapist uses different methods:

The verbalization of deep emotions and feelings through relaxation, role playing or the release of emotions.

Global gymnastics which, through dance and movement, allow you to focus on your present sensations, postures, gestures, and attitudes. They release physical tensions and psychic blockages .

Relaxation that relaxes the body and mind by relaxing as much as possible.

Massage in general and especially massage of the fascia, which envelops muscles and organs and releases emotional blockages.

A psycho-body therapy session lasts about 50 minutes. The total duration of therapy varies from a few weeks, for the simplest cases, to several months. It takes between 5 and 20 sessions for it to be effective.

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