What is RADIX?

RADIX¨ is a body-oriented personal growth practice. It was developed originally by Charles Kelley, PhD, who established a well-grounded training program which incorporated Reich’s principles of bodywork, enhanced by eye work developed from the Bates Method of vision improvement. Dr. Kelley chose the word “Radix” from the Latin work meaning “root” or “source,” referring to that force which underlies all movement, feeling and growth in a person and in life.

Radix is based upon the work of Wilhelm Reich. It is an approach to personal growth and healing that is:

  • Holistic – based on the principles of mind-body unity
  • Body Centered – working directly with the body through movement and attention to breath, body sensation and awareness, energy flow and other non-verbal as well as verbal
  • Experiential – ‘here and now’ engaging in your process
  • Client Centered – based on the unique needs of each client

The goals of Radix work are to help people become more fully alive and more authentic. Radix work is applied uniquely with different clients according to their individual needs, and yet common themes underlie the work such as mind/body integration, grounding, centering, creating effective and flexible boundaries, developing the ability to contain feelings, ego strengthening, pulsation, charging, discharging, intimacy, pleasure, choice, and awareness.

There are a variety of methods used within the work to address these themes, including movement, visualization and intentional touch. Yet a trained practitioner can effect change and growth during a verbal interchange when his or her interventions are guided by an understanding of the Radix process in the individual.

What is a holistic approach?

A holistic approach is defined as natural systems (physical, biological, chemical, social, economic, mental, linguistic, etc.) and their properties should be viewed as wholes, not as collections of parts. This often includes the view that systems function as wholes and that their functioning cannot be fully understood solely in terms of their component parts. As applied to body centered psychotherapy, a holistic approach focuses on the being as a whole.

For more information about Radix Therapy please visit http://www.radix.org