Every problem or difficulty resides in both the body and the mind. Anxiety, for instance, is an awful feeling that something bad is about to happen. In the mind, there can be self-blame, a sense that there is something wrong with me and I should not be feeling this way. From the body perspective, there are physical sensations that go with anxiety, which may include, tightness in the chest, constricted feelings in the heart and throat.
It may seem like these sensations are about what is happening in the present and we look around to find the reason for the distress. Actually, these feelings and sensations can have roots in the past, such as childhood abandonment, a tense family dynamic or a previous traumatic event. The previous trauma is activated and so the body remains in the state of the trauma.
The mind wants to get rid of the uncomfortable feelings but the body wants to pay attention to them. The sensations are expressions of the both the trauma and the unmet needs at the time of the trauma. When we pay attention to the sensations we can meet these needs and integrate and metabolise the trauma so that it does not continue to replay itself in the body and the mind. The most basic of these needs is loving, non-judgemental presence. This is the ground for healing.
BCT enables you to listen to pay attention and be present in this unconditional way. It is almost impossible to do this by yourself because the material/sensations can seem overwhelming, but with the presence of a Body Centred Therapist you can reach places within yourself that have been longing to be seen and felt. By sinking into the body and acknowledging the sensations we can unlock information that the mind did not have previous access to.