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Getting In Touch

The Guide to New Body-Centered Therapies
Paperback Book
September, 1997
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In Getting in Touch, the founder of the Somatic Psychology Deptartment at Naropa Institute brings together for the first time the founders and leaders in the field of body-centred therapy to explain how they developed their methods, what happens during a session, and who can best benefit from the technique. Included are:

Kathlyn Hendricks of the Radiance Technique on “The Relationship Dance”

Ron Kurtz on “Essentials of Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapy”

Arny & Amy Mindell on “Dreams and the Dreaming Body”

Marjorie Rand & Gerry Fewster on “Self, Boundaries, and Containment: Integrative Body Psychotherapy”

Richard Heckler on “The Body We Are”

Ilana Rubenfeld on “Healing the Emotional/Spiritual Body: The Rubenfeld Synergy Method”

Carolyn Braddock on “The Braddock Body Process”

Christine Caldwell (the editor) on “Ethics and Techniques for Touch in Somatic Psychotherapy” and “The Moving Cycle”

Albert Pesso on “PBSP–Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor”

Caldwell’s introduction, “The Body Opens,” offers some wise perspectives on the theories, orientations, forms/tech-niques, applications, and spiritual implications of somatic therapy.

It is by breathing and being in our bodies that we locate ourselves and can transcend old, restricting forms of consciousness. When we align ourselves through our bodies, we can balance out the flights of fancy our thoughts are inclined to take, flights that can cause untold suffering when they become blaming and critical of ourselves or others. In somatic psychology we see the body as a temple, a sacred place....

Pathologizing of the body has caused immense suffering, and somatic practitioners seek to dissolve this ancient and still-festering wound by recovering the body as the part of us that holds, contains, and takes care of all our other energies. It is our earth principle, our mother figure. If we care for it and live within it and in accordance with its needs, we heal both ourselves and the world.

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