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





5 Sexual and Emotional Abuse, it's treatment and resolution with Reichian Therapy, Bioenergetics and Bodywork

Sexual  and emotional abuse, at any time in life, can be the most debilitating experience a person can endure. Many people have suffered at the hands of an abuser all through their childhood. In this situation,  unable to get away from it and totally controlled by it,  it permeates every moment of the life. The effects of sexual and emotional abuse  can taint the whole of our experience into and throughout adulthood, taking away all of the power that you might have otherwise been able to feel, if you were able to have loving and rewarding adult relationships. Many abused are left with the inability to build trust and self esteem resulting in a feeling of  only ever being able to live in a half life within the realms of personal achievement and self satisfaction. Abuse has such deep seated effects that it attacks the very core of our beings leaving us angry, defeated, distrustful and unable to enjoy the fullness of self expression and everything worthwhile there is to enjoy about life.  

Abused children can be so deeply affected by their experiences that in adulthood their ability to choose a healthy and well balanced partner becomes impossible and without intending to do so, are attracted to abusive, controlling and restrictive mates who tend to carry on the abuse to a greater or lesser degree than what has been experienced in childhood. Whatever the degree, any level of abusiveness, hostility or anger in a relationship is destructive and can, in time, make the recipient totally give up hope.

In Reichian Therapy, Bioenergetics and Bodywork ,the client is able to work off the problems associated with Sexual and Emotional abuse from many different angles. The foundation of all healing and specifically with how I work with people, is the understanding that the body is a healer and that given the right opportunity  the body will heal itself of all ills, both emotional and physical.  No drugs are used at any stage of Therapy. The therapy situation is geared totally to the client touching on what it is that they need to do to heal the hurts that the body carries as a reminder of it's experiences. The therapists role is to provide a situation that supports this totally. I employ a many pronged approach that is flexible enough to bend to what is required in each stage of the personal development and open enough to enable an understanding of the process as well. 

Reichian Therapy, Bioenergetics and Bodywork are all body orientated and designed to help you understand your body movements and the language of the body. The human being is seen as an Energy Organism.  Problems of the body result from Energy flows being blocked, Energy being bound in different structures and organs of the body and the different areas of the body acting in isolation from each other rather than in unison.  Separating  off areas of the body makes for a feeling of being "disjointed and out of balance". Bodywork unifies the body, easing the breathing patterns and with understanding allows the mind to be a true observer of what is felt in the body so that balanced decisions can be made in all situations. 

Sexual abuse, Emotional abuse and violence teach the body to withdraw and contain itself. No outlet is provided for the release and healing of the resulting problems and the containment of expression tends to make the whole body hard in appearance and angry in feeling. In reality the body becomes hard as a defense against the harshness of the environment. This is called "Body Armoring" and while we are "Armored"  we are unable to sense the environment fully with our bodies. This makes us over-watchful at an intellectual level and separates the intellect from the body state, furthering a feeling of disjointedness.   

In Bodywork, the body works off it's most important problem first, the body knows exactly what to do  to achieve this and once started, works down through a list of it's problems in the order of most importance. Emptying the body of Energy restriction has the effect of opening up the whole human state to the environment and as this happens, the mind becomes involved in the life more as a "supporter" of the individual rather than a "suppressor" of the individual. This role of the mind to  uplift the individual, brings self awareness, self esteem and a sense of separateness of individuality,  which in turn helps in the achievement of love. This Therapy is one on one, does not involve any set exercises or movements and relies entirely on free expression of the feeling state and the understanding of the resultant movements. 

If you are interested Reichian Therapy, Bioenergetics and Bodywork for resolving any of the problems associated with Sexual and Emotional Abuse with the view to living a full and satisfying life, understanding yourself and others, resolving anger, hurt and rejection, you can Email me on  or write to Nicholas O'Connor at 

O'Connor Bioenergetics. 

PO Box 105.

 Mangawhai 0583.

 New Zealand

or phone/fax 64 09 431-5089 

You can arrange appointments through any of the above medians.

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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