A Body Centered Therapy

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Hakomi Therapy Hakomi is a body-centered therapy that has a central focus on mindfulness, which, as a principle, is a contemplative and meditation skill as well as a state of consciousness (Kurtz, 1990). Body reading, which is about connecting to the client, understanding their body language, and even interpreting their aura (Kurtz, 1987), appears as an integral part of Hakomi. Hakomi appears to be less concerned about diagnosing and finding the “right answer”, and more about being receptive, compassionate, and accepting the client (Kurtz, 1987). The Hakomi Technique was originally developed in the mid’s-1970 by Ron Kurtz, arising from the human potential movement (Bageant, 2011). Kurtz was inspired by the techniques used in…show more content…
Kurtz (1987) claims to take this shift farther than client-centered therapy, towards a larger, unconscious self that is natural and spontaneous. Awareness is turned inwards towards experiencing the present, and is about noticing sources of thoughts, feelings, and actions. This allows for an unfolding process, which allows for a connection between the therapist and the unconscious self of the client (Kurtz, 1987). Kurtz (1987) stresses the importance of the relationship between the therapist and client, and how that connection relies on presence, openness, and honesty. Hakomi also shares some similarities with Carl Rogers and humanist theory, as it gives the same necessary conditions through its principles that Rogers discusses, including a focus on genuineness, empathy, human growth, and unconditional positive regard (Bageant, 2011). While the names may be different, the concepts presented by Kurtz (1990) are similar, but adds on the use of somatic concepts and interconnectedness with the universe. Hakomi therapy consists of several principles. The first is the Unity Principle, which is based on the concept that everything in our world is interconnected, and that we are linked with many different, complex parts, which unite to make a larger whole (Johanson, 2009). This means that people have a natural impulse towards wholeness, and it is the therapist’s role to allow clients to guide themselves there through compassion and
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