THE BIONERGETIC ANALYSIS APPROACH
Bioenergetic analysis is a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Dr. Alexander Lowen in the early fifties. Having been impacted by Wilhelm Reich, who had been his therapist and mentor and who, in his time, had been one of Freud’s disciples, Alexander Lowen not only pursued Reich’s work but he also expanded on it. Among other things, he developed the concept of grounding and designed various exercises to help soften muscular tensions in order to allow fuller emotional expression.
What is bioenergetic analysis
Bioenergetic analysis is a form of
psychotherapy that combines body work (postures, movements) and
verbal, analytical work (character analysis). It postulates that all
of us had to develop a defense system while growing up, in order to
survive the painful situations we had to face during childhood and
IMportant Aspects in Bioenergetic Analysis Therapy
As we know, deep, natural breathing allows us to re-energize.
Unfortunately, most often, our breathing is restricted when it is
not altogether impaired due to chronic tension that gradually became
structured in our body as we were growing up.
Grounding is related to a person’s capacity to feel his/her
connection with the ground, which is associated with being in touch
with reality. Often times, our connection with the ground is
precarious. We hold ourselves “up”, tightening up our jaw and
tensing our shoulders, in an effort to “stay on top of things”
instead of connecting with the ground, with the reality of the
Basic Therapeutic Goal in Bioenergetic Analysis
goal of bioenergetic analysis is primarily to help increase one’s
vitality, expressiveness, as well as enhance one’s capacity to enjoy
How does a bioenergetic session unfold?
At the beginning of a session,
the person is invited to focus on what he/she feels and on the
themes he/she wants to bring to the session.
The analytical dimension of the work is designed to help a person deepen her awareness of what is going on for him/her on an emotional level, and to give meaning to these experiences within the context of his/her personal history. Thus, the person will gradually process and integrate whatever is experienced during the sessions and will develop creative new responses to the challenges he/she faces in his/her life.
For more information concerning Bionergetic Analysis, you may wish to view the video of a short speech I made during the May 1st, 2010 SoQAB Day held in Montreal and entitled "Historique et fondement de l'analyse bioénergétique". Simply click on the image to view the video which will open in a new window. Kindly note that this speech is available in French only.