BIOENERGETICS Overview Information
Bioenergetics is a type of therapy that uses breathing exercises, meditation, and physical exercises to treat mental and other disorders. It was developed in the 1950s by Alexander Lowen, MD, a Swedish physician.
Bioenergetics is used to treat depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), stress, fatigue, sexual performance problems, and cancer.
How does it work?
Practitioners of bioenergetics believe that repressed negative emotions result in a variety of mental and physical diseases. They believe that they can cure disease by unblocking repressed emotions and releasing negative energies through the use of breathing, medication, and physical exercises. In some cases, physical exercises may include kicking and yelling, beating objects, and crying. Bioenergetics practitioners use these methods in individual therapy sessions and in group therapy sessions. There is no reliable scientific support for these beliefs.