The Body: A rich source of knowing and feeling
We have moved away from the physical experiences of our lives, sitting in chairs, driving cars, being entertained by the images on our TV screen, communicating in text rather than speaking face to face and relating personally. There is an enormous amount of information within our bodies which can assist us with the healing of a large number of issues in life. If only we could find our way back, by tuning in to the information that is there waiting for us to notice in the bodily sensations .
A student of Sigmund Freud called Wilhelm Reich developed a way of working with his patients/clients which focused on what he called "Body - Armour" where he observed how the distortions in the musculature protected the patient/client from uncomfortable unbearable feelings .
Since those early years around the turn of the twentieth centuary when Reich battled with the orthodox medical establishment as well as with the United States authorities, many practitioners have worked with developing methods to work in the body-mind connection field to improve the quality of life for their clients, in order to return to better states of health and greater aliveness.
Many have published valuable works about this field of endeavour, and more information is coming forth on a regular basis, some of the more recent are "The Body Keeps the Score" by Bessel van der Kolk, MD, "In an Unspoken Voice" by Peter A. Levine, PhD, "Freedom from Pain", Peter A. Levine PhD and Maggie Phillips PhD
There are different yet overlapping ways in which we can effect improvements in our lives, health, relationships, careers, the level of contentment we feel.
We can take on a spiritual discipline, improve our physical fitness, change the diet, engage a Life Coach or seek out the service of a Psychotherapist.
Even with that last choice there are options, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy meaning changing your behaviour, Psychotherapy addressing the underlying issues, Somatic Psychotherapy uniting your experience by getting mind and body to function in syncronicity and returning to wholeness.
Where Wilhelm Reich used a forceful way of working with the body, the Norwegian physiotherapist and psychotherapist Gerda Boyesen developed a more gentle version of working psycho-therapeutically.
Using a stethoscope while the client/patient would lie on the massage table or futon she applied a specific approach of massage aimed to release tensions and suppressions of mind-body conflicts in a specific manner of what she called Bio-dynamic massage to integrate mind and body using touch to heal the mind.
My training over the years has included Rebirthing/Breathwork, Bio-dynamic Massage, Ortho-Bionomy,
Mindfulness Meditation and other body-mind modalities.
Please call me, Elisabeth on 02-4784 2553 to find out more and make an appointment.