In recent times, Freud’s brilliant disciple, Dr. William Reich, was the first male to include the body in his therapy. Reich’s work on the body and energy flow are the foundation of the current Body Psychotherapy movement. No matter what Reich’s faults were, he was correct about how emotions are stuck in the body and must be released from the body in order to achieve mental health.
Each time your body relaxes and releases the emotions that are stuck in your tissue, you become more whole and alive. This is a natural process that happens over and over again as you engage in personal growth and transformation. Until your body relaxes, you have not resolved your issues. When you achieve wholeness your body lets go and you relax at the physical level.
The Holistic New Psychology knows that you need to work on the mental plane, emotional plane, physical plane and spiritual plane in order to achieve wholeness. Nothing short of the whole, works. Learn from the Greek Healing Temples with the words “Know Thyself” placed above the entrance. Your job is to discover your True Nature. Seek to know your Mind-Body-Spirit.
If you cannot find Body Psychotherapy, you have to create your own Somatic Therapy program. Look around and use the resources you have available to work on your body at the same time as you are working on healing your emotional self. What you need this year will be different from what you need next year. Weekly massages have been part of my regular routine since seeing the results of touch to help me make sure I am feeling my Temple and increasing my awareness of my home on planet earth.