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.