In biodynamic psychology, we recognise cycles of impetus/charge, expression, discharge and integration.
During impetus/charge, raw emotions surge up the core of the body towards the neck and head. If the cycle is completed, that is, the person is able to take action (expression), the emotions subside and melt downward and the residual charge is eliminated through the peristalsis (discharge). Now the body is ready for integration, relaxation and repair.
However, if the cycle is incomplete, that is, the expression is held back, due to a conflict regarding the emergency situation, the emotional energy is stuck at the neck and head and is prevented from melting down and being discharged through the peristalsis. The cycle is incomplete and the body cannot recover. When rising emotions are not discharged, the charge remains as a layer of repressed emotions. The upward flow of energy is not balanced by an equal flow downward.
When the body gets stuck somewhere in the cycle and cannot complete it on a regular basis, the body is caught up in chronic stress, which can lead to ill health.
In health, we need to be able to move between stress and relaxation and regeneration.
In biodynamic massage we aim to help the client complete the cycle and teach the body to self regulate (relax and regenerate).