Achieving harmony, the bodywork way
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Achieving harmony, the bodywork way

Bodymind therapy offers realistic tools for healthy and happy living.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 19:41 IST

Pain is a gateway to bliss when skilfully handled, according to bodymind therapy, which offers realistic tools for healthy and happy living, say two students of Dr Paula Horan, who has introduced this therapy in India

In our practice, we find constant verification every day that bodywork is one of the most skilful approaches to dissolving 'body armour'.

Wilhelm Reich, a student of Sigmund Freud, coined the term 'body armour' to describe the chronic muscular tension held in the body wherever unprocessed stress and/or suppressed unpleasant memories or emotions are stored.

Chronic muscular tension resulting from the unconscious suppression of unwanted feelings is manifested as stress, depression and commonly as lack of physical energy or 'inner fire'. Bodywork helps release these through pressure applied to chronically tense muscles and by stimulating certain release points.

This therapy frees the psyche and harmonises the body and the mind. Body-mind is seen as one fluid continuum forming an uninterrupted feedback loop between body and mind. Bodymind therapy offers a whole variety of realistic tools for healthy and happy living.

The term 'bodywork' implies that working on the body, particularly when done well, can be pleasant and beneficial even if it means experiencing the bit of pain that is being released in the process.

For practitioners, bodywork or massage therapy is a wonderful way of conveying caring, love and healing through the ultra sensitive medium of touch.

It is a drugless therapy and a saner, healthier alternative to the mindless and often dangerous dumping of chemicals and toxins in the body through indiscriminate use of over-the-counter and prescription medicines and painkillers.

First Published: Apr 10, 2006 19:41 IST