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Bioenergetic therapy, or bioenergetic analysis, is a type of body psychotherapy that combines therapeutic treatment techniques, with psychological study and active bodywork, using specific physical exercises and breathing, focusing on the body, the mind and in the energy that flows between them, as it considers that the mind and body function as a single unit.
This type of therapy considers that all life events and experiences are actually body experiences, which can generate defensive behavior patterns for survival and security, and that over time can manifest in psychological symptoms, chronic muscle tension or physical and emotional distress.
In this way, the bioenergetic psychotherapist focuses attention on the person's muscular patterns and relates it to body movements, breathing, posture and emotional expression, to activate the energy flow, renew the person's vital energy and help reduce or remove any type of emotional blockage (conscious or not) present or trauma, which can interfere with the person's emotional and psychological well-being and relationships.
What is it for
Bioenergetic therapy is mainly indicated for people who have some kind of emotional blockage, such as phobias, depressions, low self-esteem, panic attacks or obsessive compulsive disorder. But it can also be used to help control some respiratory, digestive or neurological problems.
Depending on where the exercises are focused, bioenergetic therapy can then help to unlock various types of repressed problems. Some examples are:
- Pelvis: body exercises performed with the pelvis are aimed at unblocking problems related to sexuality;
- Diaphragm: diaphragm body exercises seek greater breathing control;
- Chest: exercises are aimed at expressing repressed feelings and emotions;
- Legs and feet: body exercises with these limbs seek to connect the person with their reality.
In addition, bioenergetic therapy can also be applied to the neck, with the aim of relieving tension and promoting relaxation.
How the technique is made
Bioenergetic therapy techniques include physical exercises that can be performed on various body segments such as legs, feet, pelvis, diaphragm, chest, neck, mouth or eyes. Some examples are:
- Basic vibration exercise: stand still with feet 25 cm apart. Lean the body forward, until the hands reach the floor, the knees can be bent for the exercise to be done more comfortably. Relax your neck and breathe deeply and slowly. You must remain in this position for 1 minute;
- Stretching Exercise: This exercise includes the stretching movement. To do it, you should stand up straight and with your feet parallel, put your arms up, intertwining your fingers, stretch for a few seconds, feeling the hyperextension of your abdomen and then relax. It is important to inhale deeply, and when exhaling to make a prolonged “a” sound.;
- Shaking and punching: in this exercise you must shake the whole body, without synchronization or coordination. Start by shaking hands, arms, shoulders and then the whole body, relaxing even the muscles of the feet and releasing tensions. Punching movements can be made with the arms.
Each bioenergetic therapy session lasts an average of one hour, and allows its practitioners to provide tranquility, emotional balance and relaxation.
In addition, exercise techniques are integrated into psychotherapy, which helps in self-knowledge, self-expression and body self-awareness, which allows for more liveliness, pleasure, creativity and he alth.