Body-Centered Therapies: A Holographic Paradigm for Understanding REST

  • Terry Hunt
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


The recent theoretical developments and research on the interplay between psyche and soma in the healing process must not go unnoticed in the therapeutic use of REST. In particular, the holographic paradigm is presented here as a model for understanding the homogeneous benefits of a variety of body-centered therapies, including: massage, rolfing, Feldenkrais, biofeedback, colonic irrigation, chiropractic, acupuncture, osteopathy, and body-centered psychotherapies. A “theory of cellular consciousness” is suggested as an implication of this paradigm and as a way to fully comprehend the value of these therapies in maintaining a homeostatic equilibrium in the body. Particular focus is paid to the author’s own work with bioenergetic analysis developed by Alexander Lowen. The principles of charging and discharging, grounding, psychic contactlessness, and the orgasm reflex are each defined and discussed with respect to the therapeutic issues that are involved and the possible value of REST in the treatment of these problems.


Holographic Model Sensory Deprivation Colonic Irrigation Recent Theoretical Development Real Feeling 
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