Bridging the Great Divide

I have been struck by how persistent is the great divide between body workers who try to change the human condition by disciplines such as Pilates, Yoga, Qi Gong, martial arts, deep tissue massage, Rolfing, Kit Lauglin’s Stretch Therapy, or the people working directly with primitive reflex retention, and mind workers (psychotherapist) who try to change the human condition with ideas, validation, and inspiration. (Allopathic western medicine by the way treats the mind)

There is a minority of therapists advertising ‘bodymind therapy’ but largely the approach seems limited to working with the mind’s conceptualization of the body rather than any actual kinesiological work.

For a time I have attributed this to a  limitation of the practitioners (with, I admit it, a mild sense of culpability) Now I think this is too inhuman a view. A split between body and mind is driven by the need to keep from being overwhelmed. This is true for an individual, or a business, or a licensed discipline.

An individual may well undertake to bridge the divide–he or she could do well to employ both mind-and body workers. While specialization of this sort is in some fundamental way evidence of the problem, it seems to be the way excellence is packaged at our current time and place. My general recommendation is to anchor one’s program in an excellent kinesiological discipline, and stay with it, knowing from Reich and Lowen principles that bumpiness is ahead in one’s life. A non-judgmental sincere support group of some sort is the next lower hanging fruit, and this does not have to have any specialized knowledge. Last of all, a mind-worker may be of great assistance, but of course the choice needs to be carefully made. Some psychotherapy is inimical to the life of the body, but much of it is compatible with body work even if not synergistic. ┬áReally character analysis is the only mind work that is synergistic with body work

Michael Samsel

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