Pelvic-Heart Integration® (PHI) is the last method (in time), developed by Jack Painter, PhD. This approach helps you to integrate the energy qualities of your pelvis (“Pelvis – hence Pelvic”) with you heart energy (“Heart”) on the physical, emotional, psychological and symbolic level. This approach focuses on finding and reactivating the unity that can exist between your sexual (Genital) and love energy (Heart). The energy flow from your heart to your genitals and from your genitals to your heart are seen in PHI as expressions of your feminine and masculine inner poles respectively. Much work is done around the experiential exploration of whether or not you adequately mirror your sexual energy at a young age by your parents and other educators. The survival patterns that develop at a young age, as well as the further evolutions on sexual and love level, are examined and worked through in PHI. Also covered are all kinds of possible sexual trauma that you may have contracted at younger or later age. There may also have been problems or complications in relational, therapeutic and other intimate relationships. We all look at this. PHI uses the 9 phases of the “Energetic Cycle” to support a step-by-step learning and therapeutic process around the different stages of sexual development that each of us goes through from birth. We look at the oedipal phase around the age of 3.5 to 4 years as an important phase, but we also look at what happened to you as a teenager, adolescent, adult, elderly and elderly person. PHI is for people of all ages (my oldest client who did PHI therapy was 84 years!). What will all of you experience and develop around the theme of sexuality, eroticism and love? Jack Painter, PhD, a pioneer of the “Human Potential Movement” in California, developed this methodology – which also has influences from and influenced Postural Integration®, Energetic Integration® and Sexual Grounding® – to help people reconnect with their beauty, their purity, their primary innocence, their keenness, their sexual curiosity and their “quiet excitement” that can be experienced every stage of your life with insight, adequate support and reflection and response from others.
The refreshing and playful methodology inherent in all forms of “Bodymind Integration” offers an answer to the physicality and sexuality of our cultural history, often with taboos and perversity. It is not usually the more regular psychotherapy approaches that you can expect such an approach. The therapy is an alternative and fits for anyone who is confused about their sexual identity, the erotic and the sexual experience, as well as the relational expressions of love. Specifically, the degree of splitting between the heart and pelvic body parts, the consequences of inadequate sexual reflection and the surviving survival strategies to deal with frustration, compulsiveness, obsessions, rigidity, frigidity, maniacal states, perfectionism , loss of passion and meaning, … and so on.
Proven “Reichian techniques” (after Wilhelm Reich, MD, grandfather and mastermind of “body-oriented psychotherapy” see www.EABP.org), breathwork, bodymind drama, gestalt, therapeutic touch (possibly deep connective tissue work) at the level of the sexual and heart blockages as well as on the connection of both fields with the cognitive level. The genital relational development from 4 years is in PHI divided into eight phases: in each phase there is a different relationship structure and there are certain attachment styles, a different relationship content and there are other functions for the parents, the children and other members of the family. This relationship content is deeply elaborated in PHI and in each phase “bodymind drama” arrangements are applied, (such as father-mother-child constellations and a ncestral male and female lines) to give curiosity, excitement, innocence a new and healthier place as well as a healing physiological regulation, with consequences on subjective and objective well-being.