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Body-oriented therapy: returning to the body

Updated: Jul 23, 2019

Body-oriented therapy is applied in the context of psychotherapy and self-development in order to return your energy to the body again. Body-oriented therapy uses the body as an entrance. In the past, the body tensed up and contracted to stand up against stressful situations. All these painful memories are stored in the body in the form of physical blockages. These blockages can look like a hardening in the muscle and connective tissues or as a soft cushion, but also as overweight or underweight. Body-focused therapy generally uses breath, movement, sound, and manual touch. Breathing intensively, moving with it and making a sound, the body is activated to express and let go of emotions and feelings associated with old, stressfull situations. If one can allow this, it is not difficult, because the body itself finds its way. In this way it is possible to deal with old frustrations that sometimes started to lead a life of their own below the level of ones´ consciousness. This can be a painful moment but also joyful. The body relaxes and becomes softer and more transparent so that the energy can flow better. This is felt as a vibrant vitality that spreads throughout the body. People returning home to their bodies find

that they experience greater vitality, more freedom of movement, less stress, less pain and that they can enjoy life more and determine their own course.

(Credits to Willem J Overvliet)

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