Alexander Lowen (December 23, 1910 – October 28, 2008) was an American physician and student of Wilhelm Reich. In the 1940s and early 1950s he developed bioenergetic analysis with his then-colleague, John Pierrakos.
Bioenergetics is a way of understanding personality in terms of the body and its energetic processes. If one doesn’t breathe deeply, doesn’t move freely, the life of the body is restricted. If one doesn’t feel fully, it narrows the life of one’s body. And if self-expression is constricted, the life of the body is limited. A person does not “have” a body, a person is a body.”
Bioenergetics is an adventure in self-discovery. It differs from similar explorations into the nature of the self by attempting to understand the human personality in terms of the human body. It explores the inexorable link between the body and the mind.