9780781737821

The Psychology of the Body

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  • ISBN13:

    9780781737821

  • ISBN10:

    0781737826

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/4/2003
  • Publisher: LWW
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Summary

This book is designed to provide massage therapists and bodyworkers with a greater understanding of the psychological issues that can arise from using touch in their therapy sessions. The book describes the connection between the body and the mind, how touch affects this connection, the client's emotional reaction and release, and how to respond to the client in an appropriate manner. The purpose of the book is to clearly define the scope of practice in this area for massage therapists, and bodyworkers.

Author Biography

Elliot Greene, ma, nctmb: Co-Director of the Washington Institute for Body Psychotherapy Private Practice Silver Spring, Maryland Barbara Goodrich-Dunn, bfs: Co-Director of the Washington Institute for Body Psychotherapy Private Practice Silver Spring, Maryland

Table of Contents

Preface v
Acknowledgments vii
Reviewers ix
Introduction---How to Use This Book xi
SECTION I: The Body Organizes Experience
The Psychological Life of the Body
1(11)
Massage As Intervention
3(1)
The Psychology of Touch
4(2)
The Paradox of Healing
6(4)
Overcoming Resistance and Letting Go
10(2)
Psychological Factors Affecting Massage Therapy
12(21)
Relationships and Role Assumptions
12(8)
The Therapist's World
20(6)
The Client's World
26(3)
Interactive Factors
29(1)
The Paradox of the Healer
30(3)
Psychological Defenses Affecting Massage Therapy
33(34)
Client Defenses
34(24)
Therapist Defenses
58(9)
Boundaries and Limits in Massage Therapy
67(28)
Scope of Practice Boundaries
67(6)
Boundaries Concerning Limits of Behavior
73(9)
The Therapeutic Frame
82(13)
SECTION II: The Inseparable Body and Mind
The Bodymind Connection
95(15)
An Experiential Exploration of the Bodymind Connection
95(3)
Characterizing the Bodymind Connection
98(12)
Emotional Release
110(21)
Why Emotional Release Happens in Massage
111(1)
How Emotional Release Manifests
112(1)
Characteristics of Clients Likely to Experience Emotional Release
113(3)
Dealing With Emotional Release
116(8)
Effects of Emotional Release on the Massage Process
124(7)
SECTION III: Armoring and Chronic Psychological and Physical Patterns
Armoring
131(20)
Nature of Armoring
131(4)
How Armoring Develops
135(5)
Components of Armoring: Charge, Grounding, and Bounding
140(5)
Components of Armoring: Tissue Patterns
145(4)
Components of Armoring: Layers of the Body
149(2)
Armoring: The Disembodied, Collapsed, and Compressed Character Structures
151(41)
The Relationship Between Armor and Character
151(2)
The Disembodied Structure
153(9)
The Collapsed Structure
162(14)
The Compressed Structure
176(16)
Armoring: The Rigid Character Structures
192(31)
The Rigid Structures
192(2)
The Controlled Rigid Structure
194(5)
The Achieving Rigid Structure
199(6)
The Entertaining Rigid Structure
205(7)
The Romantic Rigid Structure
212(11)
SECTION IV: Interactions: Yourself, Your Clients, and the Therapeutic Community
Understanding Mental Health Conditions and Disorders
223(30)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
224(1)
Phobias
225(1)
Panic Disorder
225(2)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
227(2)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
229(1)
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
230(2)
Addiction and Substance Abuse
232(3)
Eating Disorders
235(3)
Somatoform Disorder
238(1)
Mood Disorders
239(3)
Psychosis
242(1)
Sexual or Physical Abuse
243(1)
Chronic Pain
244(2)
Chronic Illness
246(1)
Uncontrollable Anger or Rage
247(1)
Marital Problems
248(5)
Working With Mental Health Professionals
253(16)
Situations That May Require Referral
253(3)
Professionals Within the Mental Health Field
256(5)
Collaborating With Mental Health Professionals
261(5)
Networking With Other Professionals
266(3)
Index 269

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