Alexander Lowen, famous student of Wilhelm Reich and founder of Bioenergetics, reveals in this book how to reclaim a natural, childlike state of joy through exercises that revive the body's vitality and liberate the energy of suppressed feelings. Using examples from four decades of clinical practice, Lowen shows how painful emotional experiences - from sexual abuse and fear of dying to the anger and heartbreak all human beings experience in life - are manifested in bodily symptoms. He then instructs readers how to listen for and answer the unique signals in the body that serve as internal cries for freedom. The vibrant health that results has a wide range of holistic benefits for the total being including enhanced sexual pleasure and heightened spirituality. Joy, the culmination of Lowen's life work, is a wonderfully hopeful and transformational guide from one of the pioneers of body/mind therapy.
About the Author:
Alexander Lowen, M.D. (December 23, 1910 - October 28, 2008) was an American psychotherapist and father of Bioenergetics. A student of Wilhelm Reich, he developed Bioenergetic Analysis with John Pierrakos, and founded the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (IIBA). His clinical work has led to insights that have become mainstays of modern psychiatric understanding and psychotherapeutic practice, and has inspired body-psychotherapy modalities, such as Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) and Biosynthesis.
Dr. Lowen's innovative approach views the body as an essential component of overall health and focuses on helping people reconnect with their bodies. He was the first psychotherapist to have patients stand on their feet and pioneered numerous exercises aimed at releasing chronic muscular tention and repressed emotions.
"Grounding, Breathing, and Vibration are the three basic Bioenergetic principles." A person who doesn't breathe deeply reduces the life of her/his body. If one doesn't move freely, the life of the body is restricted. If one doesn't feel fully, it narrows the life of one's body. And if self-expression is constricted, the life of the body is limited. A person does not "have" a body, a person is a body."
This strong conviction and Dr. Lowen's passion to help people heal their mind-body split led to the creation of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (IIBA), which remains the leading training organization for Certified Bioenergetic Therapists, and now has over 1500 members and 54 training institutes worldwide. Sustaining and promoting Dr. Lowen's therapeutic approach, Bioenergetic Analysis is now practiced not only in the United States, but also in Canada, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Israel, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and other countries.
Dr. Lowen authored 15 books, which were translated to a dozen different languages. His books were well received and continue to be published worldwide. He also wrote numerous articles and other professional publications, and established the Journal for Bioenergetic Analysis, which gave him much satisfaction since it provides an ongoing forum for examining and furthering the ideas he pioneered.
When asked during an interview in 2004 what has given him the most meaning in life, he responded without hesitation, "feeling the pleasure and life of the body."
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