IIBA – International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis
C/ dels Ametllers, 6 | 08670 Navàs Barcelona | SpainE-mail: email@example.com
Phone: +34 936 007 448
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International chapters can be found in Canada, New Zealand, Latin America, and Europe.
What is Bioenergetic Analysis ?
Bioenergetic Analysis is a specific form of body-psychotherapy – based upon the continuity between body and mind – rooted in the work of Wilhelm Reich and founded by Alexander Lowen.
BA basically combines a bodily, analytic and relational therapeutic work, based upon an energetic understanding.
Bioenergetic Analysis helps to release chronic muscular tensions, manage affects, expand the capacity for intimacy, heal sexual difficulties and learn new, more fulfilling ways of relating to others. Tenderness, aggression, assertion – and their confluence in sexuality – are seen as core lifesaving forces. The therapeutic relationship provides a place of safety in which healing begins.
The therapist reads the body, resonates with its energy, feels the emotions, listens, hears and answers the words. The language of the body (posture/gesture, breathing, motility, expression) is on focus as it indicates the status on the way to personhood – from the past to the present and future. Techniques are used which address the energetic aspect of the individual, including her self-perception, self-expression, and self-possession. These also include work with body contact, boundaries, grounding, and the understanding of muscular tensions as indications of somatic and psychological defenses against past trauma. The goal of therapy is more than the absence of symptoms – it is having aliveness, getting a taste of pleasure, joy, love – vibrant health.
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The history of Bioenergetic Analysis
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Bioenergetic Analysis as a Practice
Bioenergetic Analysis as Therapy
About Our Founder, Alexander Lowen
Dr. Alexander Lowen was born December 23, 1910, the first of two children of Jewish parents who emigrated to the USA from Russia. The family atmosphere was often very stressful. He spent a lonely childhood and adolescence playing in the streets of Harlem and engaged in physical activities, such as playing handball.
Alexander Lowen received a bachelor’s degree in science and business from City College of New York, and a Doctorate in Law (JSD) in 1936, at Brooklyn Law School (New York, USA) and his Doctorate in Medicine (MD) in 1951 at the University of Geneva (Switzerland).
During his youth, he practiced regular physical activity and sports: yoga, rhythmic gymnastics, based on Emile-Jacques Dalcroze method (“body movement as an expression of being”) and Jacobson relaxation (control of muscle tone and breathing).
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