Reichian Therapy and Bioenergetics
         and their Developmental Extension into                                           Bodywork

                 As practiced by Nicholas Evan O'Connor  Dip PHINZ


                          The art of movement from the source





17-The Treatment of Depression 

Depression is anger that has been turned inwards on the self, creating a lock. If you look at it in energy terms, what would have been an outward flow of healthy expression in a person with an  open body system, thereby using up the associated energy, in depression,  the outward expression is halted and locks the attached energy into the body state. This creates a feeling of powerlessness.  

When the ability to express outwards has been limited by the way we are conditioned, the "impulse to express" our deeper nature, is suppressed. The relationship between the mind and the body is stressed, with the mind not being comfortable with what or how the body wants to assert itself. The minds discomfort with the bodies self declaration has been learned on the passage to adulthood. This discomfort with self assertion relates to what has been taught about acceptable and non acceptable behaviours in relation to the society. 

The feeling in the mind can be likened to a floodgate that is trying to open and close at the same time. The more force applied to the opening manouver triggers an equal and opposite force trying to close it and consequently the gate remains in exactly the same position.  Eventually, the deciding factor as to whether the floodgate opens or closes  will be a weakness somewhere in the controlling system. The gate will open or close by a breakage of some sort and in a human being the breakage is felt as a breakdown. When that occurs, the stress is extreme and technically, the breakdown is caused by holding back "The Impulse to Express".

As this Therapy is energy based and orientated, the energy systems are worked with in a way that is acceptable to the mind.Depression itself is not actually worked on as that is only the result of the actual problem. Once the mind understands what the body really wants to say and allows for those expressions to be lived through movement, then the energy that the depression is attached to, is released. 

The analysis of body movements gives the mind a "feeling understanding" of the inner needs for self expression  and from that moment on, looks at the body in a different way. Once having worked through an extreme state like depression the resulting clarity brings up a feeling of self worth and a deeper understanding of the relationship problems that have been entwined in disharmony. 

To contact me for sessions or a series of appointments you can Email me at or write to Nicholas O'Connor at

O'Connor Bioenergetics. 

PO Box 105.

Mangawhai 0583.

New Zealand

or phone/fax 64 09 431-5089 

All correspondence is strictly confidential. No information you give about yourself or others is discussed with anyone else. No document or part of any document that you may email, fax or post to me is given or shown to any other person or company.

If you live overseas or in a part of New Zealand where it is impractical for you to travel for an appointment, two, three, four, five day or more, intensive Therapy can be arranged with local Accommodation at Lake View Chalet's  Reduced rates can apply from Monday to Thursday bookings. Owners Gabi and Sven. Email  or phone 0800-525-384

Or at Hidden Valley Chalet's  Owners Pauline and Bruce McVicar. Email or phone 09 431-5332 and Fax-09-431-5552.   


Normal session rates for therapy are $120.00 per hour for individuals.  

Intensives are one session per day on consecutive days and are $100.00 per hour.

Couples on normal session rates are $100.00 each per hour  and $90.00 each per hour on Intensives. 

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