Neo-Reichian massage or release is a system based on theories developed by Wilhelm Reich. Practitioners locate and dissolve "holding patterns" (also called "body armoring"). Reich theorized that obstructions to orgone energy cause neuroses and most physical disorders. Muscular contractions (body armor) in various parts of the body manifest such blockages.
In addition to strict Neo-Reichians, the work has provided the basis for further explorations both in the areas of Somatic Psychology and postural body therapies such as Rolfing and Postural integration.
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