A Body/Mind Approach to Health and Wellbeing
Doyle, CSM, CCC
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is Bioenergetic Analysis?
Bioenergetic analysis is a holistic form of psychotherapy that
combines work with your mind and your body to reduce emotional
stress, and to increase your potential for pleasure and joy in
therapy is based on the premise that there is a fundamental connection
between your mind and your body: that psychological stress reflects
and creates what is happening to you physically, and that physical/somatic
experiences both reflect and create your mental and emotional
states. For example, emotional stress from relationships, family
crises, jobs, sickness, etc., can produce tension in the body.
When these emotional issues are unresolved, such muscular contractions
often become chronic, diminishing your energy level, and your
capacity for spontaneity, joy, creativity, and feelings of well-being.
listens not only to your words but also to what your body has
to say. If a person is suffering from some emotional difficulty
such as anxiety, a bioenergetic therapist is trained to work in
a traditional verbal way with this. The bioenergetic therapist
is also trained to work with such problems at a body level, and
may, for example, create exercises to deepen and increase breathing,
and loosen chronic tensions in the jaw, throat and diaphragm.
After such bioenergetic work, clients often experience the feeling
of having the "space to breathe," and sense a letting
down and a relaxation. There is body/mind/spirit relief.
of us sense that there is an intimate connection between many
of the physical symptoms that trouble us, and the emotional stresses
and strains of our lives. Taking a mind/body approach to such
distress as headaches, low back pain, bowel dysfunction can increase
the depth and effectiveness of healing work. Bioenergetics is
particularly useful in working with abuse issues because the memories
of such trauma are deeply etched in the body as well as the spirit.
It is a fundamental bioenergetic principle that no one can force
a tension to release. The use of willpower creates tension rather
than releases it. Here is a very brief description of four key
habits you can work with to allow your body to let go:
Let your knees be soft. Locked knees are a common cause for feelings
of unbalance both emotionally and physically.
Let your abdomen out. The sucked-in abdomen constricts breathing,
cuts off feelings and uses energy needlessly.
Let yourself breathe. If you become aware that you are holding
your breath, give a sigh.
Let yourself have a voice. This means letting yourself be heard.
If you make a sigh, make it audible.
a Bioenergetic Therapist is Trained
Becoming certified as a bioenergetic therapist involves an intensive,
postgraduate, part-time, 5-year training program. This rigorous
certification process not only teaches practitioners bioenergetic
techniques but gives them an in-depth knowledge and understanding
of how, when, where and why interventions should be applied.
in Atlantic Canada
In Atlantic Canada, there are certified bioenergetic practitioners
working in each of the maritime provinces. If you would like further
information, call Rosalind McVicar in Saint John, (506/657-5172);
Pauline Dalton in Halifax, (902/429-0230); or Bethany Doyle in
Charlottetown, (902/894-3244). The Atlantic Canada Society for
Bioenergetic Analysis may be found at: www.isn.net/bioenergetics,
or e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doyle, CSM, CCC is a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist whose private
practice is in Charlottetown.
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