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APsySE Analyse Psycho-Somato-Energétique

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Welcome to the web site of SomaPsy, the Institute for Psycho-Somato-Energetic Analysis (APsySE).The Institute was created after a long process of maturation involving the collaboration of a team of psychotherapists. Its mission is to bring together professionals engaged in Psycho-Somato-Energetic Analysis     (the acronym is APsySE). This methodology is an extension of the Freudian approach, its methods and its objectives.The SomaPsy Institute is based in Lyon, France, in the psychotherapeutic center that bears its name. It was founded in 2004 and reflects the commitment of a dedicated group of psychotherapists.Our primary mission is to help to relieve suffering, psychological and mental, through somatic and psychological therapy, recognizing the importance of both the mind and the body in regaining complete health.Our backgrounds are varied, our paths as well. This variety and depth gives the breadth and openness needed for a compassionate and attentive approach, attentive to the wounds of life which all of us carry in our inner selves.Registered with our respective professional bodies and alert to the rigor required to develop the profession of psychotherapist, we respect the rules and ethics of our profession.We hope you find the answers to your questions and what you are looking for on this site.We hope to meet you soon.Please leave your details and contact us for news of online updates.

Jacques Vaissac-President -


The Soma-Psy InstituteActive members of the institute


HOW to BEGIN a APsySE Therapy

 1) WHAT is APsySE ?    Psycho-Somato-Energetic Analysis
    Uniting the Body and the Mind ,the Psychic and the Somatic   

Another type of analysis that starts from the body as it is.    Neurosciences prove today that our life experiences leave a trace in our nervous system, especially in our autonomic neurovegitative nervous system. The unconscious is linked to the neural system. It leads us to always reproduce the same situations (acts that are repeated in our lifetime), and so does not commit us to new experiences.    APsySE offers the patient a chance to free themselves from existing scenarios to live new experiences through corporal exercises called Sistims (simulation - stimulation).    The brain and neural system have great plasticity. The sistims and their repetition influence this, imprinting these new experiences that replace the old patterns, which were put in place as a defense mechanism.    These Sistims mobilize neuromuscular activity. It’s an ordered series of functional movements followed by a guided verbalisation with the therapist, as first outlined by Reich. This simple tensioning of  muscle groups, done in a planned progressive sequence, act on muscular and energy blockages, provoking emotional abreaction that favor  the process of remembering and the expression of internal conflicts. Verbalization to the therapist after each Sistim allows the reassociation of emotions, perceptions and feelings in a profound transformational goal, assisting in the development and strengthening of the ego.    The objective of the ApsySE methodology is to break down the pathological programming of the autonomic neurovegitative system and so to regain access to sensations, feelings and memories. The flow of energy is then recovered from head to foot, to live one’s body freed from blockages, find a great vitality, but also throughout the process, reappropriate one’s orgasmic capacity and so free up sexual energy and access genitality.    It is the theme of Loving that it worked on via these neuromuscular mobilizations (Sistims). Leaving behind archaic suffering and so to open up to being able to love oneself and to love others.
    The purpose of the ApsySE method is not sexuality but the restoration of powerful orgasmic energy that opens to abandonment. When we talk about orgasmic power in the Reichian and ApsySE sense, it is about opening the heart, releasing blockages, armour or carapace,  which make the human body a machine without a soul.

    The three essential stages of human love are:

    - to be lovable, to be loved
    - to love oneself
    - to love others, access to alterity and openness of heart.


    The Sistim is an apparently anodyne exercise that puts in tension a part of the patient's body (eg the eyes, the mouth, the neck ...), which is charged with unconscious tension. With the judicious choice of the exercise and time chosen (typically 15 minutes), the energy activates the autonomic nervous system and bring out feelings, relived situations ..., finally leading to verbal expression. The verbalization can take from 5 and 25 minutes.

    In practice:

    1. The "massage" Reichian: A rapid analysis of the muscle condition by touch that takes note of the tonicity and tensions. It also brings the person towards awareness of bodily sensations.

    2. The basic isotonic position: A recumbent position where the muscles are in equilibrium.

    3. Typical session: 3 or 4 sistims of 15 minutes each, each followed by a time for verbalization. The therapist is in attendance throughout and manages the time.

    4. The therapist facilitates the Sistim when necessary and appropriate:  by put hands over the patients ears for one sistim, or hold a light source during another sistim related to eyes, places blankets on the client as requested, reminds the patient of the instructions when appropriate,  maintains the position of the legs, and is attentive throughout  to the patients needs.

    5. The therapist notes everything that is said during the verbalizations, as dictated using exactly the words and expressions of the person (without being overly concerned about spelling).

    6. The therapist will help the person to be precise, associate, help to give a sense, meaning and understanding to what is said.
    7. The therapist may also be a "good parent" to the patient in order to allow the patient get through and integrate the strong emotions experienced, with harmonizing or calming Sistims (polarizations, "good parent", "supporting legs, take in the arms, etc ...)

                                           The patient is the prime mover in his/her development process.

    The patient should experience the Sistim without words, letting everything come spontaneously and without volition. Then in the verbalization recount everything without omission, distortion or sorting.

 It's the whole of this "framework" that contributes to in the development of the Ego, the "I", making it more present, stronger, more existential and relational.

    How long does the whole process take?

    The work bears fruit right from the start, but especially after the 3rd level (the neck) and even more after the 5th (diaphragm).
    Expectations are mixed but the commitment is taken over a year.


    Attitude:  Present and attentive to yourself without conscious judgment of your:

    1. Sensations: Detect them, let them happen without acting on them.  Accept bodily manifestations (tremors, burps, farts, nausea, sweating, shaking, crying, sleep, different sounds...) and all impressions, to let come to the surface the “stored states” from the past, perhaps those of the baby.

    2. Images:
    Accept all: All current representations, with and without rationale, free associations. And all thoughts; real or imagined; happy, sad or aggressive; experienced, told or fantasized.

    3. Feelings:
    Very different, unexpected, multiple. Be aware of them, let them speak for themselves. The therapist may judiciously help the person understand how they sometimes manage, avoid or control their emotions.


3) THE 7th REichien's LEVELS


 A complete therapy program that begins with thorough work on the first two levels.
 The sistims are repeated until they become pleasurable. The somatic activity and the analysis of each level dissipates even the most archaic tensions and provides a basic security.
The different levels are in constant interaction.

    1st level
    Tele-receptors: Eyes - Nose – Ears. These were originally responsible for warning of distanced dangers, and they still are, although now differently from pre-historic times.
    It is here that a misinterpretation of reality can occur.
    It is also the level where the most archaic fears are found: terror, panic ... which causes cleavages, dissociation, disorientation, loss of contact with reality. This is the level of thought, of rationalization which prevents contact with the Ego, located in the chest.

    2nd level
    The mouth, The tongue
    The location of depression, orality, of anxiety of abandonment ... but also of pleasure.
    The mouth is also affected by rumination, physical (chewing) and thoughtful (contemplation, musing) or obsessive. The ability to express with speech, the kiss ... it relates to Genitality.

    3rd level
    The neck, the upper Thorax
    The location of Narcissism, shame, judgment, the self-preservation instinct. Working on the neck frees it and in addition partially releases the armour  of the 4th and 5th levels.
    It is naturally in the neck that the inferiority complex can be localized.
    The neck is the link between the heart and brain
    Unlocking the neck shows the 3 H: Humility, Humanity, Humor

    4th level
    The Thorax
    Zone of self- assertiveness, of ambivalence, the biological identity, the Ego resides in the thorax, as well as the heart and emotions.  The thymus immunity gland, situated between the sternum, discriminates the self from the non-self .

    5th level
    The diaphragm, Breathing
    This is the area of masochism, of anxiety associated with guilt. Pleasure is transformed into displeasure.
    The latent homosexuality is located in the diaphragm, caused by repressive education or hyper protection. The situation of chronic anxiety change to anxiety neurosis. The compulsion is related to the diaphragm and stomach.

    6th level
    Abdomen - Viscera
    It's in the contracted back muscles that lies the fear of being attacked.
    Compulsivity, anality, reactive sadism are located in the abdomen. The psoas, the adductors can contain sexuality either in resonance, or in opposition eg hypertonic psoas, adductor hypotonic.
   An obsessional neurotic will remain stuck at this level, his obsessive symptoms allowing him to keep his aggression under control

    7th level
    The Basin and Lower Limbs
    The adductors, still referred to as the muscles of virginity are the other seat of the superego, their tensions are due to, among other things to
    - Fear of castration
    - Fear of authority
    - Sexual repression
    It is in the basin that we find the oedipal complex. The blockage of the 7th level is always secondary. This is where the character maturation of the subject rejoins the hysterical profile, the antechamber to genitalia, that is to say the state of perfect mental health in the Reichian sense.


4) APsySE, Analysis Psycho-Somato-Energetic-Its origins and history

APsySE comes from the Freudian analytical approach and research work carried out by many men and women on the mind-body interactions, Psyche-Soma: William Reich, Ola Raknes, Federico Navarro, Paul and Gerda Boyesen - among others. All based their work on a humanitarian model and a method of intervention. Sigmund Freud: We owe the foundations of modern psychology to him. Neuroscience confirms almost daily, more and more, the validity of the assumptions and intuition of this perseverant and inventive thinker.William Reich, doctor, psychoanalyst, passionate biologist, sexologist and anatomist. From 1920 he was a student of Freud. He shed new light essential to understanding the human model: the possibility of accessing the unconscious through the body, ie through the fascia, movement, sensations and the muscles. He deduced the concept of muscular armour blocking the circulation of energy, seven segments or rings staggered from head to pelvis. Reich thus contributed to the understanding of energy.He also highlighted the character armour, character traits that protect the subject against anxiety.  Fear, is recognized as the central cause of all human disorders. It engenders reactions from the autonomic neurovegitative nervous system and hormonal system.
From 1933 to 1948, William Reich developed a method which he called ‘vegetotherapy’.  (Related to what is now called the ASN, Autonomic Nervous System).

Ola Raknes: Conserved the European legacy of Reich and passed it to Gerda Boyesen and Federico Navarro. He was central to transmitting the works of Reich

Federico Navarro: Psychoanalyst and neuropsychiatrist, used the work of Reich and continued deepening the method he called NeuroVegetotherapy. It proceeds systematically from the first segment (eyes) until the 7th segment (pelvis). This method has been continuously improved with the development of neuroscience and its value has been amply proven.

The APsySE methodology, founded by  Christine Zürcher and Jacques Vaissac,  seeks to resolve these profound conflicts and so allow the removal of archaic fears and  anxieties.

 In 2004 they founded the SOMAPSY, the Institute for APsySE analysts, therapists and students.



   The  APsySE (French acronym for Psycho-Somatic-Energetic Analysis) process is a progression of neuromuscular mobilizations, also called Sistims (simulation-stimulation), from the head to the pelvis.     They follow the corporal belts, rings or segments as identified by Reich.                                                                                                                          




                                                                       DURING THE THERAPY

     The client works on the seven levels starting with the first, the eyes, surrounding musculature and nervous and vegetative systems,  and continues progressively downwards to 7th level, uncovering and resolving  the problems specific to each level and resolving archaic blockages and progressively finding relief from anxiety and fear,  as well as addressing  the different possibilities of "Loving” – to accept being  loved, to love oneself, and to love others.




                                                                            It's life


                                                                     Cats sleeping near the fire                         

    No more fears, especially of others, and the ability to live at ease in difficult circumstances, relaxed, with neither internal tensions nor stressed relationships, in self appreciation and self-love and in the love of others. Life becomes smoother and more wholesome.
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