"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."
Bioenergetics is based on the belief that what affects the mind affects the body, and vice-versa. As children, we learn certain ways to protect ourselves from hurtful experiences. These defenses form not only in the mind, but also in the structure of our bodies. This influences the body's movement, breathing patterns, posture - even the way we shake hands tells a story about our life experience.
As children, we needed these defenses to survive. But as adults, they limit our capacity to enjoy life. Bioenergetics works to identify and shift these patterns as they appear in the body. This is done by attempting to read the muscular patterns; and then by applying specific exercises and techniques which help to release repressed emotions. Bioenergetic therapists also use different forms of body work, and therapeutic touch to help shift the patterns.
As clients progress in this therapy, the physical armoring which restricts the life force is lessened through both physical and emotional release. This in turn creates a much more satisfying relationship with oneself, others, and a much greater capacity for finding joy in one's life.