The theory of Gentle Bio-Energetics is very simple and can be taught in two to three hour lectures. However, one should not equate its simplicity with lack of profoundness as the theory can be amplified in many ways and the art of applying the theory is a lifetime endeavour.
At our centre or core is a life energy that pulsates, expanding and contracting, a characteristic of all living things. We experience this life energy through the flow of emotions and sensations. Emotion is not an idea but an expression of energy, something moves. Our need to love and be loved is part of the pulsation of the energy. However, from conception to the present we experience traumas that affect the flow of our life energy. As a result of the trauma, we develop armour, usually unconscious, to protect ourselves. The armour is for the purpose of surviving but also shuts down the flow of our life energy. Armouring can be in the form of verbal defenses, bodily defenses, or energetic defenses. The purpose is to prevent the experience from happening again or if it does to avoid experiencing the pain or emotions. However, this decision to armour ourselves prevents us from experiencing the full joy of life now. The process of moving from the free flow of life energy through trauma to armouring is a developmental process, explaining how we got to be who we are right now.
The goal of Gentle Bio-Energetics education and therapy is to enable individuals identify his/her armouring mechanisms, heal any underlying conscious or unconscious memories and restore the natural flow of life energy. Eva Reich often refers to the phrase "glow and flow" meaning that the life energy glowing in the center of our being is free to flow expanding beyond our being into our energetic field. The process might involve talking or gentle touch to restore the energetic flow resulting in new energy for life, emotional health, healing the memories, and integrating the work into our present life experiences. The process of understanding and melting armour, healing underlying memories and restoring the natural energetic flow is a healing process.
Gentle Bio‑Energetics involves working with all aspects of the individual ;cognitive, physical, emotional and spiritual. It is not just a body therapy. However, there are special areas that the therapy addresses where the memory may be maintained in our bodies including pre-verbal trauma, unconscious states, and trance states. The traumatic or even joyous experiences of these times may have been repressed or lost to us because of the pain or the lack of permission from others. Now from within ourselves we continue the repression stopping the experiencing of the fullness of life. Through the Gentle Bio-Energetics process of touching we will be enabled to get back to the earliest and deepest memories stored in the cells and body tissues.
The aim of Gentle Bio-Energetics is to restore the natural flow of life energy by:
(1) applying techniques immediately when a trauma happens to avoid having to do therapy many years later; or (2) helping individuals sometime later recover and heal memories of trauma held in the body for years.