Bioenergetic psychotherapy brings the body into the therapeutic process
. It is based on the premise that each of us needed a number of things as infants and children, many of which we did not receive. To cope with these pains, we developed defense mechanisms that became habituated into a character structure. That is, the cells in the body carry the pain and unexpressed emotions, which are frozen into a defensive structure as protection. Our beliefs and the ways in which we see the world are therefore distorted through this lens that becomes our neurosis. Bioenergetic psychotherapy works with the physical body, employing breath and physical stress to get at the unconscious material. Exercises are performed to increase self-expression and help the client sense how they inhibit or block the flow of excitation in their own body, how breathing is limited, and how movements are restricted and the capacity for pleasure is decreased. Grounding, centering and regression are essential elements of this Toronto psychotherapy process.