The somatic methods of body psychotherapy2 (Greek, psyche = breath, soul) treat body and simultaneously. Thus inner conflicts are resolved more effectively and cost-saving. Nowadays, we seem to live under the impression as if head, body and soul are leading separate lives - which would have been unthinkable for humans in the past. In the meantime, research explains the interplay: how long suppressed emotions, medically inexplicable symptoms, are caught in the body; how they eventually self-regulate through renewed adjustments in the tracking of emotions; how new behavioral patterns and way of life develop. Why can Rosen Method bodywork be integrated in body-trauma-psychotherapy? Find the answers in Body Sense!
2Body Psychotherapy: History, Concepts and Methods, by Michael C. Heller, W.W.Norton, NY, 2012
The origin of body psychotherapy is rooted in the 19th century with the body work and research of Pierre Janet 3. The 20th century saw new developments in Germany coming between the I. and II. World War. They survived in the United States, where various developmental routes were added and progressed. Later, when returned to Europe they became known as body work, body therapy, body psychotherapy or somatic psychotherapy. The German Society for Body Psychotherapy (DGK) is part of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP). In absence of the above mentioned developmental progress in body work, then based in the US, Psychosomatic Medicine was established by Thure von Uexküll in Germany. Sooner or later, body psychotherapy will be recognized in Complementary Medicine and will be added to Integrative Medicine.
3 Psycho-Physical Synthesis at the Foundations of Body-Psychotherapy: The 100-Year Legacy of Pierre Janet (1859-1947), Boadella, David, International Journal of Psychotherapy, 13569082, May 97, Vol.2, Issue1
Modern medicine has lost its sense of direction: its knowledge got stuck in mechanistic modularity; for the most part guidelines govern diagnostics and therapy; objective technical data are constricting diagnostic vision.
A patient's subjective experiences in cases of unclear symptoms or obvious diseases are often not taken seriously. Prognoses, derived from technical results, can create despondency or fear and hopelessness in humans.
The German law for patients rights of 2/2013 (Patientenrechtegesetz) describes the doctor's obligation to inform the patient about "therapies, their risks ... and possible alternatives". I wonder about other countries ...?
" ... Among older physicians I encounter dismay and despair. As one states: "Overreliance on advanced technologies has crippled physicians' use of the mind and the five sensory faculties to make a diagnosis. Jumping from the patient's chief complaints to a host of tests and procedures has become virtually routine. When that approach fails, the physician typically orders more tests and seeks numerous consultations." It is widely acknowledged that medical students are apt to regard the physical examination as an arcane curiosity irrelevant to doctoring."4
Bernard Lown - Cardiologist, Inventor of Cardioversion and Intensive Care; Peace Noble Prize for IPPNW, 1985 -
Body Sense Perception
Modern working men and women need to function properly, consequently they hide or protect their true self.
The True Self develops from the exuberance of the soul and reflects itself in the perception of body senses.
The False Self wastes away in the soul and suppresses its feelings. The power of the body's caught emotions or released emotions will be detected in body psychotherapy. Its influence on physical and psychological ailments or discomfort is equally valued and used in the therapy for recovery.
The neuro-muscular-fascial structure is a dynamic organ system with mechanical and emotional functionality. Emotional tension in the muscle & fascia tone changes the breathing; simultaneous treatment at the moment of emotional re-experience releases muscular and fascial rigidity from freezing. Through this therapeutic process new behavioural patterns will evolve not only for the patient, but also in relationships with others. The autonomic nervous system memorizes new experiences in its capacity of embodied self-awareness: insights, gained in aha-moments, connect the nervous systems to new networks; old and future stresses are easier to cope with.
... in Pictures
Thinking and perceiving in images makes comprehension much easier for the brain: it thrives on associations, the creation of combinations and links. The brain continuously connects itself and in doing so it creates (in-) security, fear, panic or joy and other emotional states. The art of collages illustrates the concept of embodiment. The therapeutic field and its transformations becomes visible - with only few words.
Why and How?
Suppressed feelings are leading to diverse symptoms in body and soul: Chronic suppression creates stress, rigidity, false posture, illness. Rosen Method Bodywork with its special touch contacts deep body senses and can be understood as emotional surgery: feelings lead to emotions and vice versa, together they move through and out of the body, so that body and soul can find relief (emotion = Latin, 'emovere'; surgery = Greek, 'hand work').
See chapters: Craftsmanship, Trauma & Attachment.
Individual therapy concept
Individual support in physical & psychological transformation requires special therapeutic attention. The duration shows its own pace, depending on the amount and quality of traumatic stress, diseases and their development. Along with Rosen Method Bodywork treatments I will set consultations in my surgery, if needed. They focus on the embodied self-experience (see Rosen Method - self-awareness) during the treatments and provide (new-) orientation and clarity in the therapeutic process. It is wonderful to experience an eager-to-learn patient and a creative body achieving self-regulation. That goal will be reached by the newly experienced spectrum of emotions.
I pay attention to the wide range of psychosomatic disorders or diseases, the neuro-muscular-fascial and skeletal system, depression, underlying grief and their overall integration. The client's willingness to be curious and open minded for the change process to occur, as well as to use and implement them is very important in the process of body psychotherapy and they often happen naturally, anyway. The therapy process will bear changes in strains, postures and medical results to occur. Traumatic experiences do not need to turn into diseases otherwise, when treated at an early stage.
Anew learning allows for change; implementing life decisions with reclaimed joy of life on its own path.
The recuperative therapy process into self-organisation will be followed by tiredness. It provides the chance for the body to rest for cellular repair ; the tissue, which has been damaged by depression before to recuperate itself.