Psychosomatic symptoms are widespread and can be traced back to the holistic connection between body and mind.
Body, thoughts and feelings form an inseparable unity. A change on one level is inevitably carried over to changes on another level.
We take a sick part of the body to the doctor as if we were going to a repair shop and do not pay attention to the connection to another level. If the psychosomatic meaning of a physical disease e.g. is an inner attitude, the physical illness can only disappear if the attitude changes.
The connection between emotion and body becomes clear by a simple example: in a stooped posture, it becomes almost impossible to feel joy. The other way around, we can hardly be sad with our arms stretched out high. Posture and emotion go together. And this just a simple example of a strong connection.
Our organs have a direct correspondence with our stat
e of mind and also with the way we think. The immune and hormone systems react sensitively to long-term depression, to stress, but also to happiness.
All too often, non-functional behaviors are reflected in symptoms and illnesses. Likewise, (self)prohibitedemotions are expressed in physical symptoms.
Why does a person have heart problems and another migraine or high blood pressure or skin problems?
As a holistic approach of Gestalt Therapy gives the following answer: Every organ has its very own quality. Each organ has its own way of functioning. This is directly related to our way of life and our views. When we fall ill, we usually conflict with one of the qualities of the diseased organ.
The process takes place subconsciously.
We understand body – mind – emotions as a single dynamic system.
In psychosomatics we refrain from looking for causes. Rather important is the process of becoming aware of “what happens” and how the symptoms relate to the lifestyle of the person concerned.
When an awareness arises and we understand and work on the underlying relate functions, the symptoms are usually relieved at the same time.
The therapeutic work consists in placing the function of the psychosomatic symptoms in relation to the behavior and attitudes of the person and to make them aware. Relief already arises normally when an undetected conflict becomes visible and conscious.
Finally, a simplified example of the heart:
Our heart is a muscle that contracts and relaxes. Our heart works as much as it rests.
A heart problem can arise if a person is exposed to continuous stress for a long period of time, i.e. the rest phases are by far too short. The opposite conflict can arise if the rest phase occurs unwanted or unprepared, due to an unemployment or an early retirement.
We expressly point out that psychological processes do not substitute a medical treatment .
Accompanying psychosomatic therapies supports psychosomatic medicine, recovery processes and the prevention of relapse.
We offer a symptomatic work with the body parallel to medical treatments, if no medical causes can be found or medical approaches are ineffective.
We would be happy to inform you about your individual treatment options.