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PELVIC-HEART INTEGRATION® (PHI)

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. PHI is the third Bodymind Integration Method perfected by Jack Painter during the course of his life. This website is dedicated to this particular method (Our other websites discuss Energetic Integration® and Postural Integration®).

Pelvic-Heart Integration®

Uniting Love and Sexuality, Masculine and Feminine, Pelvis and Heart...

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. It aims at connecting and uniting the masculine and feminine aspects of the person. 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 The importance is that we bring consciousness and transformation to the internalised outdated inner models of the masculine and the feminine.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.


PHI : What is it?

Pelvic-Heart Integration® (PHI) is the last method (in time), which was developed by Jack Painter, PhD. 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.

This approach helps you to consciously integrate the energies of your pelvis ( "Pelvis hence pelvic") with you heart qualities ( "heart") on both the physical, emotional, psychological and symbolic level. This approach focuses on the recovery and reactivation of the unity that can exist between your sexual (genital) and love energy (Heart). In PHI, the flow of energy from your heart to your genitals and from your genitals to your heart are seen as expressions of your feminine and masculine inner poles respectively. 

A lot of work happens around the survival patterns that you develop at a young age, in response to inadequate sexual mirroring by parents or educators. Also dealt with are all kinds of sexual trauma that one may have contracted in childhood or later in life as well as problems or complications encountered in therapeutic and other intimate relationships. PHI uses the nine stages of the "Energetic Cycle”, developed by Dr. Painter to support a stepwise learning and therapeutic process around the different sexual stages of development, each of us goes through from birth. The Oedipal phase around age 3.5 to 4 years is an important step, but we also look at what has happened to you as a teenager, adolescent, adult, and elder. PHI is for people of all ages (my oldest client who took PHI therapy was 84 years old!). What will you still go through and develop around the theme of sexuality, eroticism and love? 

The refreshing and playful methodology common to all forms of "Bodymind Integration" provides an answer to the often fraught with taboos and perversion physicality and sexuality of our cultural history. 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 the relational expressions of love. 

Concretely we look at the level of cleavage that is present between the body the heart and pelvis, the characterogical effects of inadequate sexual mirroring and the developed survival strategies in order to deal with frustration, compulsions, obsessions, rigidity, frigidity, manic states, perfectionism, loss of passion and meaning, etc ...

With proven "Reichian techniques" (after Wilhelm Reich, MD, the grandfather and mastermind of "body-oriented psychotherapy" see www.EABP.org - IBI as well as ICPIT are organizational members of it), breath work, bodymind drama, Gestalt, therapeutic touch (possible deep tissue work if the therapist is trained in it) we work on the sexual and heart blockages and the connection of both areas also on a cognitive level. The genital relational development from the age of four onwards is divided into eight phases. In each phase, there is a different relationship structure and 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 this work can be found on this website as well as or www.icpit.org

 

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 psychodrama, body reading and Eastern Philosophy. PHI was fully developed in the late 1990s and 2000s as a deepening program of its predecessors PI and EI, with a focus on establishing sexual grounding and integrating 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.

In the 1990s Willem Poppeliers who is a developmental psychologist, a certified PI Practitioner and Bio-Energetic Analyst attended several ICPIT meetings to stress the need for sexual grounding. He and Jack Painter organised a training and asked that ICPIT Trainers and their students colaborate with them. They initially led a training for ICPIT Trainers in 1993-1994, which was the beginning of their work together followed by a training for Teachers and Group Leaders in Somatics in 1995-96. A second training for ICPIT Trainers as part of the requirements to become a certified ICPIT Trainer finished in 1997 along with a supplemental Body Oriented Supervision Training. Their most significant collaboration was leading one year Sexual Grounding trainings (1997-98) held in Germany, Holland and Mexico (with Rosa Maria Sevilla). Jack and Willem’s book about the methodology was never published and they went their separate ways in 1999; Poppeliers solidifying his SG model and Jack pursuing a path to integrate more of his concepts into his Postural Integration® and Energetic Integration® which eventually evolved into the new Pelvic-Heart Integration® (PHI) model.

From 2000 onwards Jack Painter fine-tuned, enhanced and fully developed the PHI model and taught PHI methodology while hosting many trainings though out Europe and the U.S. The culmination of his efforts and endless collaborations with ICPIT-Trainers has resulted into a powerful state-of-the-art method being taught by certified ICPIT Trainers though out Europe. Introductory workshops, one year personal growth trainings and comprehensive three year programs are now available world wide.

In bringing his work to the world, Jack Painter taught Pelvic-heart Integration® within different contexts. ICPIT Certified trainings where held in Belgium with Dirk Marivoet, in Austria with Elisabeth Renner and Margot Wieser (1951-2014) and in Italy with Carmine Piroli and Gilberto Bianchi. In the USA he gave workshops and collaborated with Deborah Taj Anapol, Ph.D. (1951-2015) author and certified PHI Practitioner.

PHI-Process19Like all other Bodymind Methods (PI, PPI and EI), trainings for Pelvic-Heart Integration® (PHI) practitioners can only be offered by certified Trainers that are currently members of ICPIT. For a full list of all trainers (amongst whom are the Pelvic-Heart Integration® Trainers), see ICPIT-MEMBERS and ICPIT-COUNCIL.

 

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