Panel III

Vitality and Flow

Moderation: 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.


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, (University of Ioannina,Greece),

Body-psychotherapist trainer and supervisor, -for the last 30 years-,  with previous background and professional activity in Architecture and Urban planning (University of Florence and University of Rome, Italy ). President of the “Wilhelm Reich” Center for Psychotherapy and Counselling and the Hellenic Institute of Vegetotherapy and Character Analysis ,Athens, Greece (a European level accredited school, EAPTI 2017). Trained in Characteranalytic Vegetotherapy (EINA), in Gestalt psychotherapy (trainer Barrie Simmons) and EMDR Traumatherapy (Greek Institute of Traumatherapy) as main modalities.

Secretary of the Greek national 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, ECP holder, Author of: “The group,the body and psychotherapy”, Thymari Editions, Athens, “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.

Clover Southwell Vitality and Flow

To be alive is - in Gerda Boyesen’s view - inherently pleasurable. Life energy flowing through our bodies Gerda called ‘libido’, using this term in a far wider context than Freud. In developing self-control, we build countless obstacles to this flow, both in mind and in the body. Biodynamic Psychotherapy aims to explore and ‘melt’ the obstacles we no longer need. We welcome and support the spontaneity and vitality of the ‘primary personality’ we were each born with.


Clover Southwell

I studied Biodynamic Psychotherapy with Gerda Boyesen and her family in the 1970s and was heavily involved in the development of her Centre in Acton Park. After Gerda’s death, I was a founding director of the new Centre for Biodynamic Psychotherapy. Having taught this work worldwide, I am now mainly in London, writing and giving therapy and supervision.