Body-centered therapy is typically thought of as a form of psychotherapy, but I like to think of it as able to go beyond healing and into personal transformation. In the type of work I do, called the Moving Cycle, the driving energy is entered around using our current, direct experience as a means of regaining unconditional self-friendliness. Our direct experience is a combination of sensations, feelings and thoughts that form into an expression (usually movements and/or vocalizations) of who we are. Finding this rhythm of feeling and expressing ourselves accurately is the crux of the Moving Cycle work. We all inherit this capacity to feel and express truthfully and fully as part of being human - it's what sustains and nourishes our aliveness. Having our aliveness limited or our happiness sat upon teaches us to fear our excitement and try to control it. As well, trauma that has not been resolved tends to interfere with this birthright. This trauma can be physical, emotional, cognitive, or spiritual, and can occur as early as conception. Any trauma or energy limitation that goes unresolved is stored in our bodies, and causes us to withdraw from experiencing and expressing ourselves completely and unconditionally. Our unfinished experiences get stored as tension, chronic pain, fatigue, depression, closed attitudes, or a lack of grace in the body. We habituate to this lessening of aliveness, because we feel safe with the familiarity of it. However, we cannot escape these unfinished events, as our aliveness continues to reassert itself. It bumps up against our habit of withdrawal, and that bump causes our suffering. Moving Cycle therapy looks for this bump - the clash of our aliveness against old programming that says "aliveness is dangerous" - and seeks to restore our full feeling and full expression. It does this by allowing the bodys' natural processes to complete themselves. By opening to how our body wants to genuinely respond to problems and suffering, we can reassert our healthy responses to pleasure and pain and reprogram negative imprints that restrict aliveness.
The Moving Cycle operates on several assumptions:
• Our basic nature is good, whole, and growth oriented.
• A state of illness results from a person being forced to consistently abandon their experience of themselves, and assume externally imposed modes of thought and behavior.
• Part of respecting and honoring someones experience involves challenging positions and stances that cause their suffering.
• The process of healing involves a return to and trust of our direct body experience in the present moment, which is our true nature.
• The process of healing involves movement, including physical body movement, the movement of feelings and emotions, and the movement of thoughts and assumptions.