IIBA – International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis
C/ Berguedà, 21 2º 5ª
08029 Barcelona (Spain)
Phone: +34 936 007 448
Austin Society for Bioenergetic Analysis
Bioenergetic Society of Northern California
What is Bioenergetic Analysis ?
Bioenergetic Analysis is a specific form of body-psychotherapy – based upon the continuity between body and mind – rooted in the work of Wilhelm Reich and founded by Alexander Lowen.
BA basically combines a bodily, analytic and relational therapeutic work, based upon an energetic understanding.
Bioenergetic Analysis helps to release chronic muscular tensions, manage affects, expand the capacity for intimacy, heal sexual difficulties and learn new, more fulfilling ways of relating to others. Tenderness, aggression, assertion – and their confluence in sexuality – are seen as core lifesaving forces. The therapeutic relationship provides a place of safety in which healing begins.
The therapist reads the body, resonates with its energy, feels the emotions, listens, hears and answers the words. The language of the body (posture/gesture, breathing, motility, expression) is on focus as it indicates the status on the way to personhood – from the past to the present and future. Techniques are used which address the energetic aspect of the individual, including her self-perception, self-expression, and self-possession. These also include work with body contact, boundaries, grounding, and the understanding of muscular tensions as indications of somatic and psychological defenses against past trauma. The goal of therapy is more than the absence of symptoms – it is having aliveness, getting a taste of pleasure, joy, love – vibrant health.
Dr. Alexander Lowen was born December 23, 1910, the first of two children of Jewish parents who emigrated to the USA from Russia. The family atmosphere was often very stressful. He spent a lonely childhood and adolescence playing in the streets of Harlem and engaged in physical activities, such as playing handball.
Alexander Lowen received a bachelor’s degree in science and business from City College of New York, and a Doctorate in Law (JSD) in 1936, at Brooklyn Law School (New York, USA) and his Doctorate in Medicine (MD) in 1951 at the University of Geneva (Switzerland).
During his youth, he practiced regular physical activity and sports: yoga, rhythmic gymnastics, based on Emile-Jacques Dalcroze method (“body movement as an expression of being”) and Jacobson relaxation (control of muscle tone and breathing).
The Alexander Lowen Foundation
The mission of the Alexander Lowen Foundation is to continue the profound legacy and wisdom of Dr. Alexander Lowen. The wish is for this foundation to hold the collective testimonials of the life-shaping and life-changing ways that Dr. Lowen has touched lives. The wish is to use the Bioenergetic wisdom he has given us to share and expand his work and his life.
The Alexander Lowen Foundation is a non-profit foundation that is registered with the US government. It has been formed to honor and enhance Dr. Lowen’s work by preserving and making easily available his teachings and beliefs about Bioenergetics.
The Foundation is inviting and encouraging people to exchange thoughts, ideas and insights as to how to most effectively bring bioenergetics into the lives of more people.