Alexander Lowen's life story reveals a man who dared to defy traditional methods of psychotherapy that not only ignored…but denied…the body.
Lowen’s early work with Wilhelm Reich began a nearly 70-year professional journey dedicated to honoring the body-mind connection. The work of Alexander Lowen grew to become an international phenomenon, and today his “Bioenergetic Analysis” therapy is thriving throughout the world.
Dr. Lowen earned four college degrees throughout his life: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.); Bachelor of Law (L.L.B); Doctor of Sciences of Law (J.S.D.); and a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). He eventually created a large and viable organization, theInternational Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis(IIBA) to sustain and promote his therapeutic approach.
The IIBA now has over 1500 members and 54 training institutes worldwide. Bioenergetic Analysis is practiced not only in the United States, but also in Canada, Europe, Latin America, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and other countries.
Dr. Lowen authored 14 books (translated in nearly a dozen languages) as well as numerous articles and other professional abstracts. He is most noted for developing the concept of bioenergetic grounding, one of the foundational principles of bioenergetic therapy.
When asked during an interview in 2004 what has given him the most meaning in life, he responded without hesitation, “Feeling the pleasure and life of the body.”
Dr. Lowen lived and practiced in New Canaan, Connecticut until his death in 2008 at age 97.
“A person cannot be divided into a mind and a body. Despite this truth, all studies of personality have concentrated on the mind to the relative neglect of the body.” ~Alexander Lowen Excerpt from Pleasure (1970)
Founder Alexander Lowen: A lifetime of helping mankind