Panel III

Vitality and Flow


Marc Rackelmann

What is vitality and how can it be promoted? How is our vitality shaped and impaired by the systems surrounding us? Since Wilhelm Reich's interest into these questions, a comprehensive understanding of living human functioning is essential to body-psychotherapy. This includes among others the ability for emotional oscillation, somato-psychic agility, the ability to attach to others, the ability to surrender and to being present in the moment. In this panel, representatives of various body-psychotherapeutic schools will be describing how they understand vitality and how they foster the ability to 'flow' with life. In doing so, we will keep an eye on the role of society and on the extent to which crises and suffering are a necessary part of our vitality.

Marc Rackelmann

Heiner Steckel

Vitality shows in free flow inside flexible boundaries. Pulsating structures that adapt to different life-circumstances are vitally important. Painful experiences and crisis are part of life and our organism is designed to deal with it, using protective mechanisms.
Reconnecting to basic biological ways of releasing tension patterns and herewith connected believe systems can invoke pain and uncertainty in tolerable doses , so that the here and now vitality get strengthened by it.
The use of the vibratory-response is my bioenergetic „royal road“ .
Impulses - experienced, expressed and regulated - facilitate trust in our potential for psycho-physical re-organization.

Heiner Steckel

Dipl.Päd. , Heilpraktiker für Psychotherapie
Since 1990 faculty member of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (IIBA), founded by Alexander Lowen.
Heiner Steckel is working in private practice as Bioenergetic therapist and supervisor. He is coordinating professional trainings and post-graduate workshops in various countries for more than 25 years. In his Bioenergetic work he is integrating former experiences of martial arts (Tai Chi Chuan) , breathing therapy (Ilse Middendorf) , Shiatzu and his interest for eastern philosophy. He started working with Dr. Berceli ( TRE® ) in 2007 and became a TRE®Certification Trainer as well.

Marilena Komi Vitality and flow: Towards a re-organization of the system-organism

Vitality can be seen both as the result of the flow of an inherent energy and as a flow of information between the numerous systems of an organism.
The psychotherapeutic setting promotes a movement of energy-information that is not only sensorial, affective and cognitive but also involves brain stem, limbic, cortical, ANS systems etc. Its aim is to influence on most levels of the system-organism towards their harmonic integration.
Character and psychopathological phenomena are also expressions of the vital capacity of an organism, in order to survive in adverse environments. Therefore, they show a remarkable immobility and resistance to change, which involves an inevitable amount of distress and suffering, prior to the rehabilitation in a new more vital level of existence.

Marilena Komi

Marilena Komi is a Psychopedagogist, Body-psychotherapist, Trainer and Supervisor, with previous background and professional activity in Architecture and Urban planning.
Trained in Characteranalytic Vegetotherapy (EINA) in Gestalt psychotherapy (trainer Barrie Simmons) and EMDR Traumatherapy (Greek Institute of Traumatherapy)
Secretary of the Greek association for Body Psychotherapy (1998-2006) and Board member of the Greek NUO of EAP (2006-2008)
Member of the International Scientific Committee for Body-Psychotherapy and ECP holder
Author of:
“The group,the body and psychotherapy”, Thymari Editions, Athens, Greece
“Character Analysis”, EINA Editions, Athens, Greece

Will Davis

Vitality and flow are central elements of my approach. I use Reich's model of pulsation to help the patient experience a self-oriented gathering called the ‘instroke’, resulting in a safe, creative expansive outstroke towards others.
Most pain, suffering and crises are distorted/uncompleted states of vitality and flow. When the flow is constricted, blocked, split off, the patients become identified with these distorted states as the living state itself.
Using touch and talking, I support the patient enhancing vitality by mobilizing the instroke process. This allows the patient to move below defenses, trauma and conflict to the still intact, undamaged, endo self state. This unified, embodied subjective self state is where life's vitality is still intact but trapped.

Will Davis

Over 40 year’s experience practicing and training in America, Japan & Europe. Developed Functional Analysis which focuses on the instroke, the plasmatic origins of early development and disturbance, the bioenergetic qualities of connective tissue and its role in character development, the endo self, the release technique of Points&Positions and a unique synthesis of verbal therapy. Member of editorial boards of Energy&Character and the IBPJ, the Italian Society of Psychologists and Psychiatrists, the EABP, AETOS and teaches as a guest trainer.

Rosa Maria Govoni Vitality and Creativity

We live in a world which is rapidly changing not only its geographic, political, economic and social borders, but also its fundamental values and cultural reference points. This crisis enhances feelings of anxiety, insecurity and fragmentation. Pathologies of the self and social challenges confront us with difficulties in communication within ourselves and with others, so that we need to go back to our first and most fundamental language, which is body movement. Being fully alive, “living creatively”, depends on the quality of the relationship between body and mind: movement and play are fundamental to restore our lives.

Rosa Maria Govoni

Rosa Maria Govoni is a psychologist, psychotherapist, Dance Movement Psychotherapist, BC-DMT USA, AM Trainer, S Kerstenberg Movement Profile level I, Sensory Motor Psychotherapy, level I. Co- Director of the Institute of Expressive Psychotherapy integrated to Art and Dance Movement Therapy, Bologna.
Today she works in Bologna, Como and Switzerland in Private Practice, Teaches DM Psychotherapy also abroad: in China for Inspirees Institute, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou , in Russia for Institute of Practical Psychology and Psychoanalysis IPP&P, Moscow, in Switzerland AM introductory courses at the Jung Institute in Küsnacht Zurich, in Turkey at Bigli University, Istanbul.