The aim of PCA bodywork is to facilitate the activity of the Actualising Tendency. Instead of only talking, the physical presence and touch are used in order to realise authenticity, empathy and unconditional positive regard.
Possible Applications of Bodywork
- Psychotherapy accompanied by bodywork
Verbal person centred psychotherapy with moments of bodywork
- Bodywork bringing attention to bodily felt sense of the client
Clients choses specifically bodywork for increasing the self-consciousness in a bodily felt way.
- Body-encounter work
The importance is put onto the encounter between people, based on physical attention.
The basis of every bodywork is that sexual interaction and aggressiveness are not lived out. Any feeling and need has the right to exist, but some cannot be realised in this setting. It can be expressed verbally or symbolically in an acceptable way for all participants. But even with agreement, it cannot be worked out here. For example, someone feels the need to beat someone, and the other would say “oh yes please beat me strongly”, the therapist would not allow it in this setting. But he would help to find a way to express it. For example, replace the “to-be-beaten person” by a cushion. Concerning sexuality, high attention has to be taken on what touch is right for every person. If sexual arousal appears, it can be expressed, but no mutual excitation or sexual interaction can be possible here. It is a part of the mutual agreement that opens space for freedom of awareness of yourself and exploring interaction.
Opening the possibility of working out sexuality or aggressiveness would need a specific environment, agreement and skills which are not given here.
If this sounds restrictive or limiting, I would like to attract the attention to the freedom created by this frame. When I know that there is some limit preserving my security, I can experience more freedom for discovering, opening, trying, develop, change and encounter.
And the best is that you always have a remote control of what you allow yourself and others to explore. If it is not the right moment, intensity, topic, partner, energy…. you just stop, low down or change. Being aware and sure about having this remote control is an essential part of the freedom to learn.
Specifications for Body encounter work (application 3)
In a group or in a pair, participants work on their presence face to other persons. The aim is to work on awareness, interaction, perception of space, perception of yourself.
The way of working is always to base on what every participant experiences, encounters or finds out. Exercises and specific settings are only proposed in order to put an experience on the way. The experience itself cannot be predicted or programmed by definition of the person centred approach. As far as possible the therapist or facilitator does not aim a specific reaction, but creates a space where the individual or mutual experience can take place.
Examples of exercises:
– walk around and feel the presence of others as well as the presence of yourself in that space
– approach others or take distance to others
– check if touch is useful, appropriate, possible
There can also be exercises with more physical touch in order to discover yourself and the other. That means a gentle touch discovering, feeling, understanding the Being – more than the body – of the other and of yourself.
It might surprise that many feelings, thoughts, physical reactions, memories, imaginations and all sort of inner discoveries can happen by simple presence to yourself and others. But it happens? And often in a very intensive way.
The PCA bodywork can lead to higher awareness of inner processes.
It also helps to feel and understand connections between psychological and somatic reactions.
Clients often describe the experience of freedom, allowing themselves to be more open to seeing themselves and the others, to see in a clearer way the options of possible change.
Essentially, it helps to feel more centred, that means stronger in the middle of all the influences we are exposed to.
The inner critic who always tries to hinder us from being really ourselves can often be bypassed as thinking is not always in the first place
The group is based on the Person-Centred Approach (PCA) of Carl Rogers, which places the individual into the center of interest. This group will not be based on concepts or strategies, techniques nor aims, but congruence, empathy and full acceptance of the growing self.
The communication language is English, but you do not need to be fluent in English. Instead we will use the language skills and intuition of trainer and participants in order to understand everyone. This is the basis of the group work.
Thursday 13rd of October 2016 9 am to 11:00 am
Following dates will be fixed together. If you are interested but cannot come on one of these dates, please inform us about your possibilities.
Facilitator: Willi Rös
“I am at my best level in a helping relationship when I can perceive the other person with my brain, my emotion and my body.”
Place: Radlicka 99, Prague 5 (More info)
Price per session: 300 Kc
Registration: by email to email@example.com (please precise your preferred date)