Physically oriented integrative therapy approach each person as a complete being. This means that the therapist will not only take care of your mind and thoughts, but also the body, emotions, impulses and intuition. Alternately activate and connect the conscious and the subconscious, brings your attention to what you really are, instead of losing in the negative experiences of the past, fears of the future and a limited idea of what you think you should be.
Whatever are your concerns, problems, uncertainties, longings and fears, physically oriented therapist will be seen at all levels of your being – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and voluntary. Our psychological and emotional aspects, as well as our strengths and weaknesses, are directly connected with our body. For example, when we are nervous and under stress, often feel a cramp in the stomach or have digestive disorders or high blood pressure, and when we fall in love we feel the so-called “butterflies in the stomach”. If we are under pressure or obligation mentally burdened, hurting us head. When we are in fear, breathing shallow and anxiety squeezing us so that our body is constantly feeling tired. Panic attacks, as a result of anxiety, can cause rapid heartbeat and shallow breathing, etc …
As with other therapies, you can expect that your therapist be compassionate professional who will listen, support and be present without conviction, and this in a safe place where you will have the opportunity to be, talk, think, feel, show, explore and experiment outside pressure of daily living and social responsibility. Sometimes therapy is a necessity for emotional survival and dealing with the difficulties of everyday life, and sometimes it’s an invaluable opportunity for personal growth.
Physically oriented integrative therapy looks at the emotional and mental problems in the context of the body and mind as a complete system. In order to solve the current problems, mental insights often are not enough, but it has to happen something that will affect all levels of our being. Physically oriented therapist, therefore, a lot of attention given links or (not) the connection between emotions, mind and body (physical sensations, imagination, ideas, ideas, expectations, spontaneous impulses, and established patterns of behavior, wishes, feelings). The treatment thus may include a variety of elements; of conversations, touch to launch the body, massage, imagination, fantasies, physical, emotional and mental exercises, relaxation, meditation, energy work and the combination of all of the above. Therapy should actually be space and time in which we become and where we did all that we are and how we came to that, all aspects of us – body, emotions, mind, will and spirit, should be included.
Physically oriented therapy has its roots in the 1920s when Wilhelm Reich, a student and colleague of Sigmund Freud, expanded classical psychoanalysis noticing how repression of feelings corresponded with stiffness and blockages in the body. He created the concept of “character defense” that each person develops as repetitive and restrictive behavior patterns which protects against emotional pain. These patterns are not only psychological and emotional but also physical. They permeate our physical body (eg. Breathing, metabolism, nervous system), as well as mental and emotional body.
Wilhelm Reich has created a whole range of approaches, together with his students who have developed various aspects of therapeutic work and further diversification of different modern schools physically oriented therapies. Some of them such as Bioenergetics (Alexander Lowen), Core Energetics (John Pierrakos) and Integrative Physical Therapy (Jack Rosenberg) used by therapists of the Center of personal power. In addition to the above physical-oriented approach, therapists Center used and object relation work (work with predosobnim period and conditions of development in the first three years of life (Melanie Klein), family constellations (Bert Hellinger), meditation, imagination and dream analysis Jungian model, mental maps (Ken Wilber) and access to “shock and trauma” (Judith Herman, Peter Levine). to support spiritual development, the method of Pathwork.
Bearing all this in mind, the name of the Integrative physically oriented therapy seems like the most complete name for therapeutic work to apply therapists Center. In addition, each therapist is a unique person and in accordance with his personality, spirit, inclinations, virtues, experience, creativity and intuition in their own way formed its own therapeutic work. On the other hand, the uniqueness of each person as a client comes to therapy, and the relationship that develops between the therapist and client, make every therapeutic process unique, special and different. What makes the therapeutic process is not “what the therapist makes the client,” but what is created and happens between therapist and client.