Bioenergetic Analysis (BA) is a form of body psychotherapy (body-oriented Reichian psychotherapy) that combines psychological analysis, active work with the body and relational therapeutic work. Psychotherapy is a general term referring to therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and a client or patient; family, couple or group. The problems addressed are psychological in nature and of no specific kind or degree, but rather depend on the specialty of the practitioner.
Psychotherapy aims to increase the individual's sense of his/her own well-being. Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialog, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family).
BA places a strong focus on the body in a holistic manner. Proponents of BA see the mind and body as important piece of the unified whole. The body serves as a conduit for the minds problems. Therapists using BA will use talk as well as physical therapy in order to help people move closer to their desired goals. In a normal session, the therapist and patient may work on breathing techniques or chronic muscular tension. This involves performing a variety of exercises and movements in order to bring about positive change. BA proponents believe that by facilitating change in the body, there will be a correlated improvement in the mind.