Body-mind explorations as practiced by the NYC Corporate Chair Massage Company – www.eventschairmassage.com – integrates corporate stress management with shiatsu, bodywork, movement, and chair massage.
Many Chair Massage practitioners are drawn to the movement work due to their interest in how guided movement and movement re-euducation can influence emotional and mental health. The portal to the more advanced approaches within Touch Somatics is often Body psychotherapy, also called body-oriented psychotherapy. This is an approach to psychotherapy which applies basic principles of somatic psychology originating in the work of Pierre Janet, Sigmund Freud and particularly Wilhelm Reich who developed it as vegetotherapy.
Janet was a pioneering French psychologist, philosopher and psychotherapist in the field of dissociation and traumatic memory and is ranked alongside William James and Wilhelm Wundt as one of the founding fathers of psychology.
It was Reich who took the work to the next level and today it is the post-Reichians who are considered the central element of body psychotherapy. Originally a student of Freud’s from the 1930s Reich became known for the idea that muscular tension reflected repressed emotions, what he called ‘body armour’, and developed a way to use pressure to produce emotional release in his clients. Reich was expelled from the psychoanalytic mainstream and he went into a personal decline for many reasons including the repression of his work and ideas of the psychiatric mainstream. A decade or so after his death his work found a home in the ‘growth movement’ of the 1960s and 1970s and in the countercultural project of ‘liberating the body’. Perhaps as a result, body psychotherapy was marginalised within mainstream psychology and was seen in the 1980s and 1990s as ‘the radical fringe of psychotherapy’.Body psychotherapy’s marginal position may be connected with the tendency for charismatic leaders to emerge within it, from Reich onwards.
Alexander Lowen in his Bioenergetic analysis and John Pierrakos in Core energetics extended Reich’s finding of the segmented nature of body armour: “The muscular armour has a segmented arrangement…always transverse to the torso, never along it”. Lowen claimed that “No words are so clear as the language of body expression”.[Subsequently the Chiron approach added influences from Gestalt therapy.
The early 2000s saw a ‘renaissance of body psychotherapy’ which was part of a broader increased interest in the body and embodiment in psychology and other disciplines including philosophy, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies. Object relations theory has arguably opened the way more recently for a fuller consideration of the body-mind in psychotherapy.
There are numerous branches of body psychotherapy, often tracing their origins to particular individuals: for example, ‘Bioenergetic analysis’ to the work of Lowen and Pierrakos; ‘Radix’ to the work of Chuck Kelley; Organismic Psychotherapy to the work of Malcolm and Katherine Brown;’Biosynthesis’ to the work of David Boadella; ‘Biodynamic Psychology’ to that of Gerda Boyesen; ‘Rubenfeld Synergy’ to Ilana Rubenfeld’s work; ‘Body-Mind Centering’ to Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s work, and ‘Body-mind Psychotherapy’ to Susan Aposhyan; the development of Jack Painter’s ‘Postural and Energetic Integration’ into a psychotherapeutic modality.
Many of these contributors to body psychotherapy were influenced by the work of Wilhelm Reich, while adding and incorporating a variety of other influences. Syntheses of these approaches are also becoming accepted and recognised in their own right (e.g. The Chiron Approach: Chiron Association of Body Psychotherapists).
Alongside the body psychotherapies built directly on the work of Reich, there is a branch of post-Jungian body psychotherapies, developed from Jung‘s idea of the ‘somatic unconscious’. While many post-Jungians dismiss Reich and do not work with the body, contributors to Jungian derived body psychotherapy include Arnold Mindell with his concept of the ‘dreambody’ and the development of process oriented psychology. Process oriented psychology is known for its focus on the body and movement and many Touch Somatic Practitioners have drawn from many of these sources to develop their own unique work.
Body psychotherapy and dance movement therapy have developed separately and are professionally distinguished, however they have significant common ground and shared principles including the importance of non-verbal therapeutic techniques and the development of body-focused awareness.
A review of body psychotherapy research finds there is a small but growing empirical evidence base about the outcomes of body psychotherapy, however it is weakened by the fragmentation of the field into different branches and schools.The review reports that one of the strongest studies is longitudinal (2 year) outcome research conducted with 342 participants across 8 different schools (Hakomi Experiental Psychology, Unitive Body Psychotherapy, Biodynamic Psychology, Bioenergetic Analysis, Client-Centred Verbal and Body Psychotherapy, Integrative Body Psychotherapy, Body-Oriented Psychotherapy, and Biosynthesis). Overall efficacy was demonstrated in symptom reduction, however the study design limited further substantive conclusions.
The review of outcome research across different types of body-oriented psychotherapy concludes that the best evidence supports efficacy for treating somatoform/psychosomatic disorders and schizophrenia, while there is also support for ‘generally good effects on subjectively experienced depressive and anxiety symptoms, somatisation and social insecurity.
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