Postural Integration

Postural Integration is a process-oriented body-based therapy originally developed in the late 1960s by Jack Painter[1] (1933–2010) in California, US, after exploration in the fields of humanistic psychology and the human potential movement.[2] The method aims to support personal change and self development.[3][4] [5]


During his time as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami, Painter became interested in working with the body and personally explored many different approaches – massage, acupuncture, Zen, yoga, the work of Ida Rolf and her Rolfing method,[6] Gestalt therapy developed by Fritz Perls, and the theories of Wilhelm Reich in the form of Vegetotherapy.[7]

By the seventies he was calling his form of holistic bodymind bodywork 'Postural Integration'.[8][9] In the eighties and nineties Painter then went on to develop two further methods, Energetic Integration[10] and Pelvic-Heart Integration.

In practise

In the course of a twelve-session series[11] modeled loosely on Rolfing Structural Integration, the Postural Integration process integrates Gestalt therapy with bodywork,[6] as well as breath work, fine energy work and elements from the Five Phases system.[12] The initial seven sessions address specific body areas and focus on releasing defensive armoring habits, characterized as "letting go of the old self".[11] During sessions, spontaneous emotional expression is encouraged. Additional tools include drama therapy, attention to body language[13] and self-awareness.[6]

Since Postural Integration works simultaneously with the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the whole person, [14] it contains elements of both psychotherapy and bodywork, some practitioners qualified in psychotherapy focus more on the therapy aspect while others use it primarily as a form of bodywork with psychotherapy-based awareness and insights.[6]

Postural Integration is taught and practised mainly in Europe, and also in the US, Mexico [15] and South Africa.

Postural Integration trainings are organized by the International Council of PsychoCorporal (Bodymind) Integration Trainers (ICPIT).

In the 1990s Psychotherapeutic Postural Integrational (PPI) developed in Strasbourg, France [16] out of Postural Integration with the inclusion of Jungian psychology and Gestalt therapy, the institute accredited by the European Association for Body Psychotherapy as qualifying their students in this method as ECP [17] practitioners of psychotherapy.

See also


  1. ^ Ziehl, Silke: Recalling Jack Painter
  2. ^ Erken, Rita and Schlage, Bernhard: Editors: Transformation of the Self with Bodymind Integration
    Postural Integration – Energetic Integration – Psychotherapeutic Postural Integration;
    Articles by 14 international authors; Hubert W. Holzinger Verlag, Berlin (2012) ISBN 978-3-926396-67-9
  3. ^ 1985_.pdf Painter, Jack: Postural Integration, Transformation of the Whole Self (1985)
  4. ^ Painter, Jack: Deep Bodywork and Personal Development: Harmonizing Our Bodies, Emotions, and Thoughts; Bodymind Books, Mill Valley, Calif., ISBN 0938405012 (1986)
  5. ^ Painter, Jack: Technical Manual of Deep Wholistic Bodywork, Postural Integration; published by
    The International Centre for Release and Integration, Mill Valley, Calif. US (1984) (2nd edit. 1990)
  6. ^ a b c d Ben-Shahar, Asaf Rolef: Touching the Relational Edge; Body Psychotherapy A Roadmap to Body Psychotherapy modalities,
    \PI defined: pp.43-44, Karnac Books Ltd., London (2014) ISBN 978-1-7822009-4-9
  7. ^ Cascone, Raffaele in: Erken & Schlage: Editors: Transformation of the Self ; Biology, psychotherapy & somatic ecology p.68.
  8. ^ Keleman, Stanley: Your Body speaks its Mind, Center Press (US) (1989) ISBN 978-0934320016
  9. ^ Erken, Rita and Schlage, Bernhard: Editors: Transformation of the Self with Bodymind Integration
  10. ^ Energetic Integration
  11. ^ a b Knaster, Mirka (1996). Discovering the Body's Wisdom: A Comprehensive Guide to More Than Fifty Mind-Body Practices. Bantam. pp. 205–6. ISBN 9780307575500.
  12. ^ Painter, Jack: Technical Manual of Deep Wholistic Bodywork (1984), 'Five Element Associations' pp.54-57
  13. ^ Ben-Shahar, Asaf Rolef: Ch.VII The Language of the Body pp.151-187
  14. ^ The Free Dictionary: Segen's Medical Dictionary, Postural Integration: the technique works simultaneously with the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the whole person. Farlex, Inc © 2012
  15. ^ Sevilla, Rosa María (Integración Postural): p.114 in Lachica, Fernando Ortiz: Psicoterapia corporal Bases teóricas de la práctica, Painter, Jack (Postural Integration) pp. 3, 17, 62, 92, 114, 115, 138, 169, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico (2016), ISBN 978-607-9472-27-6.
  16. ^ IFCC Institute, France
  17. ^ European Association of Psychotherapy

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