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PELVIC-HEART INTEGRATION® (PHI)

"Pelvic-Heart Integration is a comprehensive, methodic and experiential practice of Bodymind Integration, developed by Jack W. Painter, PhD, that helps you to consciously integrate the sexual energies associated with your pelvis with the emergent qualities of your heart (e.g. feelings of trust, love, caring, sensitivity, compassion, …). We "wear our hearts on our faces" and also express connection through our voices, gestures, and touches. In PHI we not only foster trust and safety around the issues of love and sexuality within human relationships but also improve health and physiological regulation at the level of our autonomic nervous system".. Dirk HM Marivoet

Pelvic-Heart Integration® can be used in the context of a psychotherapy or in an environment of personal growth. It emphasizes the necessity to connect and to integrate the power of sexual energy with our higher social brain functions.  Seen the many ways in which our culture has distorted the natural flow of sexual, ecstatic and orgasmic energy, it provides a valuable framework for both sexual growth and for healing. Primordial in the practice of Pelvic-Heart Integration is the necessity to create a context of safety in which sexual dysfunctions or traumas can safely be unraveled and healed and trust and harmony between men and women, adults and children, .... can grow.

Pelvic-Heart Integration®

Uniting Love and Sexuality, Masculine and Feminine, Pelvis and Heart (+Face+Voice...)

PHI was developed by Jack Painter, Ph.D., whose life's work has been to create "bodymind integration" ways: Initially he developed Postural Integration® in the 1960s and 1970s, Energetic Integration® in the 1980s and 1990s and Pelvic-Heart Integration® as a deepening of the previous inventions. These approaches are all very successful systems that help humanity embrace and develop their deepest potential on all levels. There are three Bodymind Integration Methods developed by Jack W. Painter, PhD. These powerful methods are Pelvic-Heart Integration® (PHI), Energetic Integration® (EI) and Postural Integration® (PI). In 1988 Jack Painter founded The International Council of PsychoCorporal (Bodymind) Integration Trainers (ICPIT) in order to preserve and teach these methods worldwide. See also icpit.org.

ICPIT offers Pelvic-Heart Integration® Certification (see CERTIFICATION) to those in the field interested to guide individuals in PHI work. Certified PHI-practitioners offer individual sessions and/or lead group sessions, and are listed as practitioners in the ICPIT database and online. Practitioners always offer Pelvic-Heart Integration® at the level of ICPIT requirements and ethical standards.

The training of Pelvic-Heart Practitioners is in accordance with Jack Painter's discoveries, given by qualified and certified ICPIT- trainers according to the ICPIT standards. ICPIT was founded by Jack Painter, PhD in 1988 and he was himself a full member of it until his death in 2010). ICPIT outlines the requirements for certification in Pelvic-Heart Integration, Energetic Integration® and Postural Integration® and offers trainings worldwide by certified trainers in all of these Bodymind Integration methods.

PHI : A Model for Uniting Sexuality and Love

Pelvic-Heart Integration® (PHI) focuses on various dimensions of sexuality and love. At the level of our neurophysiology, it aims at connecting our genitals, heart, face and voice. In creating this, it also helps us in uniting the masculine and feminine aspects within our personality in a playful and exciting way. Masculine and feminine are non stereotypical nor are there strict rules that apply to gender. It is a bit like referring to the Earth as associated with the feminine (Mother Earth), and the Sun with the masculine (Father Sun). For others it is sometimes the other way around, for example the Sun Goddess and Father Moon.... The importance is that we bring consciousness and transformation to the internalised outdated inner models of the masculine and the feminine. Difficulties to develop intimate relationships, energy blockages, bodymind splits, and thought distortions of all kinds, may be signs of a lack of pelvic-heart integration.


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Pelvic-Heart Integration helps you to consciously integrate the energies of your pelvis ( "Pelvis hence pelvic") with you heart qualities ( "heart"), and since we "wear our heart on our face" and express it through our voice and gestures, we are looking for ways how to create safety around the issues of love and sexuality within relationships. In Pelvic-Heart Integration, we consider the flow of energy from your heart (which qualities are being expressed in our face and in the prosody of our voice) to your genitals and from your genitals to your heart (including the expression in the face and the voice) are seen as expressions of your feminine and masculine inner poles respectively. 

In this journey we deal with common survival patterns that you develop at a young age, in response to inadequate sexual mirroring by parents or educators. We explore - applying the underlying theories - how we can become socially engaged and safe again in our sexual and loving capacities. In many peoples' lives a range of sexual traumatization, misuse or abuse has occurred. These traumas may have been contracted in childhood or later in life as well as through problems or complications encountered in therapeutic and other intimate relationships. In PHI we make use of an experiential, playful and yet sophisticated and elaborate therapy model that has been clinically tested. Central in the model is what is known as the "Energetic Cycle” (consisting of nine stages well defined stages). This map offers a stepwise learning and therapeutic process around the different sexual stages of childhood development and into maturity and it's blockages. In this natural energy cycle, the Oedipal phase (occurring around the age 3.5 to 4 years of age) is an important period, but in PHI we also explore and look at the things that have happened to you as a teenager, adolescent, adult, and elder. PHI has the potential to improve the love and sexual life of people of all ages. 

A playful, safe, socially engaged and refreshing methodology

Thanks to the refreshing and playful methodology common to all forms of "Bodymind Integration," Pelvic-Heart integration lowers the barriers to heal deep pains around love and sexuality. Traditionally in our shared cultural history, love and sexuality have been fraught with taboos and perversions. The therapy is an alternative to traditional psychotherapy and applies to anyone who is struggling with confusion around the perceived sexual identity, the erotic and the sexual experience and loving relational expressions. 

Concretely we look at the level of cleavage that is present between the body, the heart and pelvis (also extended to the striated expressive muscles of the face, the limbs, and core of the body), the characterogical dynamics as a result of inadequate mirroring, and the survival strategies that keep us in frustration, compulsions, obsessions, rigidity, frigidity, manic states, perfectionism, loss of passion and meaning, etc ...

Typical of Jack Painter's classes were the use of play, music (singing), drama, and off course all kinds of bodywork, neural exercises and psychotherapeutic techniques. In PHI we are using all that, plus the most recent insights coming from current neurobiological and trauma theories (Polyvagal Theory, etc.).  So the traditional Reichian techniques (after Wilhelm Reich, MD, the grandfather and mastermind of "body-oriented psychotherapy" see www.EABP.org), the breath work, bodymind drama, Gestalt, therapeutic touch (possible deep tissue work if the therapist is trained in it) will always support the regulation of our system in the areas of sexuality and love, leading us to the potentialisation of our higher emerging qualities like finding pleasure, satisfaction, orgasm, ecstasy, connectedness, compassion, etc.  The genital relational development from the age of four onwards is divided into eight phases. In each phase, there is a different relationship structure which creates certain attachment styles, another relationship-content and there are other functions for parents, children and other members of the family system. This relationship-contents are deeply elaborated in PHI and in each stage "bodymind drama" setups are being used (such as father-mother-child configurations and ancestral male and female lines) in order to give a healthier place to curiosity, excitement and innocence, as well as to allow for a healing physiological regulation, with effects on the subjective and objective well-being.

More information about the historical foundations of this work can be found on this website as well www.icpit.org

Pelvic-Heart Integration® (PHI) is the last method (in time), which was developed by Jack Painter, PhD (1933-2010). He was a pioneer of the "Human Potential Movement" in California, and developed this methodology, which also has influences from Postural Integration® & Energetic Integration® to help people to get back in touch with their beauty, their purity, their primary innocence, their conciseness, their sexual curiosity and their "peaceful agitation" which can be experienced every stage of your life provided insight adequate support and reflection and feedback from others.

A piece of History about PHI

 

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JACK W. PAINTER, Ph.D.

 

Pelvic-Heart Integration® (PHI) was developed by Jack W. Painter, Ph.D. (1933-2010), whose life's work has been to create Bodymind Integration ways (i.e. procedures, protocols and systems). Initially he developed a body based process-orientated therapy, Postural Integration® (PI) in the 1960s and 1970s. He then developed Energetic Integration® (EI) a breath-orientated life energy therapy in the 1980s and 1990s. After a period of collaboration with Drs. Willem Poppeliers from the Netherlands with whom he gave the very first training courses in Sexual Grounding; he formalised a distinct method, Pelvic-Heart Integration (PHI) which is his final contribution in broadening the field of BodyMind Integration. This method is a synthesis of body, breath and energy therapy combined with bodymind drama (an original embodied form of psychodrama), body reading and Eastern Philosophy. PHI was fully developed in the late 1990s and 2000s and also deepened its predecessors PI and EI, with a focus on establishing sexual grounding and health and integration of pelvic-heart connections. Together, these three approaches are extremely valuable and effective systems that help individuals and groups embrace and successfully develop their deepest Bodymind potential.

The culmination of his efforts and collaborations with ICPIT-Trainers has resulted into a powerful state-of-the-art method being taught by certified ICPIT Trainers though out the world. Introductory workshops, one year personal growth trainings and comprehensive three year programs are now available world wide.

ICPIT Certified trainings where held in Belgium with Dirk Marivoet (PHI Trainer), in Austria with Elisabeth Renner (PHI Trainer) and Margot Wieser (1951-2014) and in Italy with Carmine Piroli (PHI Trainer) and Gilberto Bianchi. In the USA he gave workshops and collaborated with Deborah Taj Anapol, Ph.D. (1951-2015).

PHI-Process19For a full list of all current accredited trainers of Bodymind Integration (amongst whom are the Pelvic-Heart Integration® Trainers), see ICPIT-MEMBERS and ICPIT-COUNCIL.

 

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