|Wilhelm Reich, an Austrian
Psychiatrist, based his original psychoanalytical work on Freudian
concepts. Later he left Vienna and established himself in the USA, where
he augmented and questioned Freud's methods.
He advanced the theory that suppressed emotional traumas create physical tensions, which could be cured (along with the trauma) by specific physical movements. The Reichian therapist alerts the patient to the emotions mirrored in his/her posture - termed 'body-armoring' By physical manipulation designed to relax the 'body armoring', both physical and emotional tensions are released.
These ideas were later expanded into BIOENERGETlCS.