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In this sense, be they blends of Freudian, Reichian, neo­Reichian, Gestalt, Bioenergetic, Lomi, meditation, autogenic training or behavioral anesthesiology, what works is what matters.  Many rest on some Eastern philosophical system, or at least recognize the need for some philosophical middle ground, such as Taoism, to facilitate the blending of diverse perspectives into a holistic paradigm. What follows is a sampling of some additional methods and approaches participating in creating a new body/mind psychotherapy.

Pelvic Segment: involves the pelvis, genitals, buttocks, and legs, and functions especially in expressing sexuality, including sexual disturbances, such as lack of sensitivity, sexual rage, or anxious sexuality. ), posture, and physical habits of holding and moving the body.  The free movement of our breath and the undulations of our sexual feelings — without guilt, without compulsion, without tension, and without imposed morality were, to Reich, pathways to personal health, joy, and loving contact with one another.

Reich viewed commercialized pornography and repressive religious moralism as two sides of the same coin and he wanted no part of either.  And, he understood, that as dissolution or breakdown occurs, freedom for growth is also born.  Part of the reason may be attributed to the unsoundness of some of his riskier experiments; part to the somewhat romantic and sexually suggestive terms he coined to describe his psychology, such as orgonomy and orgiastic potency; and part to Reich himself, and his revolutionary belief that society itself is partially responsible for disembodying its own children and, thereby, contributing to their pain and suffering.

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