A brief example of orgone therapy
What does a session of orgone therapy look like in the office?
My work with a man named David will give an adequate, though somewhat artificial, example.
After taking some history of David's physical and psychological state, and getting to know one another a bit, (in reality this may take several sessions) I ask him if he would like to recline on the treatment couch. He does.
Then I ask David to just relax and feel himself for a time. After he has acclimated, I ask him to take deep breaths and just let go completely upon exhalation. After he has breathed like this for a few minutes he reports that his hands and nose are "tingling." He finds this interesting. As this is not harmful and does not constitute hyperventilation, I let him continue.
A few minutes later I ask him if he would feel comfortable removing his glasses. (His eyes are open.) He says OK, but when he does he is disturbed as he is quite nearsighted and he uses vision(his glasses) to "lock in" or stabilize himself in his environment.
I then work at freeing his eyes. I ask him to move his eyes rapidly around the walls of my office seeing as best he can several objects I point out. I ask that he not move his head so that his orbital eye muscles will be massaged by this motion. I then hold a penlight in front of his eyes so that he will get more photon stimulation in the retina and optical cortex.
This entire time David is breathing deeper than his usual capacity. The tension in his chest and abdomen make full breathing difficult for him. This is very common in people, even in athletes during therapy. I monitor him to make sure he is not in pain and that his bodily sensations are not too overwhelming.
Next, I sit where Dave can look into my eyes more easily. I ask him about his childhood, and about painful situations currently in his life.
David begins to cry softly. I encourage him. I gently rub the crying muscles of his cheeks and ask him to let some sound come out. The sound relaxes his throat and tongue. He tends to move his eyes away from mine, yet each time he moves his eyes back to mine, he begins to cry again. He is embarrassed ("grown men don't cry").
I reassure him, that his sorrow is a natural, healthy response to his painful life situations and is not unmanly..
He becomes angry that he is not stronger and more in control of himself. He blames his weak-willed father. He tells me he hates his boss. I encourage him to express himself. Expressing his angry emotions relaxes him and he feels more manly about crying.
Our time is coming to a close, for now, so I ask him to just relax, to feel himself and do nothing. He falls asleep briefly, and wakes up feeling much better than when he came in. Lots of relief.
Of course, the above example is only meant to give the most sparse taste of what orgone therapy is like.
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