Gerry King trained with Dr. Alexander Lowen, the founder of Bioenergetic Analysis. Bioenergetic Analysis is a specific form of body-psychotherapy that combines a bodily, analytic and relational therapy based on an energetic understanding.
See also: Somatic Psychotherapy
How Does Bioenergetic Analysis Help?
Bioenergetic Analysis helps to release chronic muscular tensions, expand the capacity for intimacy, heal sexual difficulties and learn new, more fulfilling ways of relating to others. Tenderness, aggression, assertion – and their confluence in sexuality – are considered to be core life-saving forces. The therapeutic relationship provides a place of safety in which healing begins.
The therapist ‘reads’ the body and gets into resonance with the energy found – emotions, feelings, sore spots and muscular tension – while listening to the clients’ words. The language of the body (posture / gesture, breathing, motility, expression) indicates the status of that client on their way to the present (from the past and even into the future). The therapist works with body contact, boundaries, grounding and the understanding of muscular inflexibilities as ‘red flags’ that show where there are psychological defenses against past trauma.
The goal of Bioenergetic Analysis is more than the absence of symptoms – it is having vibrant health, a sense of ‘aliveness’ and experiencing pleasure, joy and love.
Dr. Lowen wrote in his book Bioenergetics: “Bioenergetics rests on the simple proposition that each person is his body. No person exists apart from the living body in which he has existence and through which he expresses himself and relates to the world around him. If you are your body and your body is you then it expresses who you are. It is your way of being in the world. The more alive your body is, the more you are in the world. When a body loses some of its aliveness, as when you are exhausted, for example, you tend to withdraw. Illness has the same effect, producing a state of withdrawal. You may even sense the world at a distance or see it as through a haze. On the other hand, there are days when you are radiantly alive and the world about you seems brighter, closer, more real. We all would like to be and feel more alive, and bioenergetics can help us toward the achievement of this goal.”
And that’s living life full out.