Bioenergetics: This form of bodywork is based on Reichian therapy and the flow of energy in the body. Based on his belief that emotional traumas resulted in blockages of bioenergy in different muscle groups, Wilhelm Reich determined seven different zones in the body where pent-up emotion is stored.
Once areas of repressed trauma are identified in the body system, physical exercises, deep breathing and other various forms of massage can be used to allow the body to release its need to "armor" itself against the outside. Bioenergetics are especially effective for asthma, migraine and headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, sleep disorders and stress. Bioenergetic therapists are usually psychiatrists, psychologists or other professional practitioners who have specialized in Reichian therapy.