Body-oriented psychotherapy is an integrative approach to human consciousness. In body-oriented psychotherapy, we use the body as a map of the psyche. Every form of trauma, hurt, neglect and discomfort is stored somewhere in the body and is preventing us from experiencing our true potential and inner truth. Once freed from protection patterns, our bodies become an incredible treasury of pleasure, aliveness, and inner wisdom.
We all seek to feel good, to have a good life and to be happy. Once we step into the wisdom that is already within we see clearly who we truly are and what is important for us.
The deepest longing every human being has is to live all that we are, to achieve our talents and potentials, to feel pleasure, to be intimate with other people, and to realize our deep need for life. But rare are those who really live this kind of reality. Is it luck, destiny, or something else? The truth is, in order to live the life we truly deserve; we must become aware that sometimes we are our own worst enemies.
In body-oriented therapy, apart from the talk, the body is used as a tool for expressing emotions, most often suppressed emotions such as sadness, anger, or fear. We do this by tracking the impulse in the body and discovering the story behind the impulse. For example, when I feel pain in my heart what is that related to? Where do I feel fear in my body and what are the circumstances that cause it? Usually, we discover patterns of early childhood that are unconsciously repeated in adulthood. We often identify ourselves with our stories, but a story is only the result of a specific emotional and energetic reaction. In our bodies are stored our defense mechanisms and traumas. The way we hold our bodies, where we are tense, or where we have chronic pain are all guidelines to detect repressed emotions. Until we get to know all that we are, it is likely that our behavior will be conditioned by learned reaction patterns.
We use breath and movement as a tool for releasing and allowing emotions. When we allow ourselves to feel one emotion, we open ourselves up to different kinds of emotions. Without this, we are stuck in the single emotion we are trying to suppress. We do this because we are afraid the pain is all there is and therefore we choose what is safe, otherwise known as the comfort zone. Often, we are more afraid of the positive and unexplored rather than the negative and familiar experiences. For that reason, we get stuck in a vicious circle.
We learn how to feel without getting attached to feelings. It is a way out of discomfort, painful emotions, and traumatic experiences. Then we can allow and experience what has always been there, our natural state of being, such as pleasure, trust, joy, and expansion of our being.
Through this therapeutic process, we learn how to respond to our own needs, set boundaries, sort important from unimportant. We come to realize that all of our experiences, both pleasant and unpleasant, have brought us something beyond measurement: wisdom.
Wisdom helps us to accept our human self and opens us up to a fulfillment of one’s own potential of an embodied mastery. Life is happening in our body in the now moment and the only wisdom you’ll ever need is already within, you just have to learn how to reach it.
Only when we stand on our own ground and are deeply rooted in it can we begin to identify with what we truly are.