The noted Reichian scholar Dr. David Boadella, Director of the Biosynthesis system, has called Lisbeth Marcher “the Scandinavian legacy of Wilhelm Reich” and described the Character Structures model of Bodynamic Analysis as “one of the most advanced models to come out of the new generation of body psychotherapies emerging in Europe”, as it goes significantly beyond those of Wilhelm Reich, Frank Lake, Alexander Lowen and other somatic theorists.
Several decades of research have led Bodynamic Analysis to distinguish eleven categories of psychological function, which we call the Ego Functions. Each muscle in the body, and groups of related muscles, embody a highly specific psychological content that is associated with one Ego Function, and occasionally with more than one.
An exceptionally precise tool for psychological assessment and psychotherapy. The ultimate working tool in the Bodynamic System is the Bodymap, an elaborate and precise chart of both resources and blockages in the client’s body, mapped in terms of patterns of elastic response in the muscles and fasciae, and correlated precisely with psychological content.
Shock Trauma and PTSD
The Bodynamic model of working with Shock Trauma and PTSD includes the body in a direct and physical way. The aim of Bodynamic trauma therapy is not only to work with the origin and lasting affects of the trauma itself, but to help the client develop new cognitive, psychosocial and physical resources that will allow greater possibilities for future action.
All major therapeutic modalities of the Bodynamic System – the Character Structures, Ego Functions, Shock Trauma – PTSD work, the Bodymap, etc – fully incorporate the body in the therapeutic process. Our list of somatic-verbal tools for therapy is long and includes