Genetic profiling is set to be the most far-reaching health revolution of our time. Due to huge leaps forward in DNA medicine, we can now discover much we need to know about our own bodies, and for the first time, make informed choices about which lifestyles will lead to health and happiness, avoid potential illness and maximise our physical and mental well-being.
Although most people are familiar with Sigmund Freud, few have heard of his student in psychiatry, Wilhelm Reich. While Freud founded psychoanalysis as a method for gaining insight into unconscious processes in behaviour, Reich worked in a uniquely different way with his patients, focusing more on the body and non-verbal responses as a direct route to the unconscious. Reich discovered the relationship between body processes and emotional functioning, that the body and mind are really one, and that the body holds a frozen history of our life experiences.
Groundbreaking research in neuroscience is creating a paradigm shift where the overemphasis in our society on left-brain rational, logical, and analytical functions is now shifting to right-brain emotional and social circuits as being the key to mental health. This is why all therapists and clinicians are informing themselves about brain and attachment development, emotion and stress regulation, the autonomic nervous system, and mind-body interactions.