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Chronic armoring is a physiologic contraction of the musculature that begins in childhood and serves to protect the organism against inner feelings and threats from the outer world. By blocking the free flow of life energy through the longitudinal axis of the body, armoring inhibits spontaneous pulsation of organ systems and the organism as a whole. In childbirth armoring prevents easy surrender to the process of labor.
Psychiatric orgone therapy utilizes a functional blend of character analysis, deep respiration, and manual pressure on spastic musculature to remove armoring. Two cases illustrate the function of armoring and the effects of its therapeutic release in childbirth.
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2. Ibid, 326-339.
3. Ibid, 294-306.
4. Ibid, 276-298.
5. Reich, W. (1948). The Cancer Biopathy. New York: Orgone Institute Press.
6. Reich, W. (1951). Armoring in the Newborn Infant, Orgone Energy Bulletin, 3:3, 121-138.
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9. Baker, E.F. (1952). Genital Anxiety in Nursing Mothers, Orgone Energy Bulletin, 4:1, 19-31.
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Richard A. Blasband, M.D., Robin R. Karpf, M.D., and Charles Konia, M.D.
Richard A. Blasband, M.D. is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, is President of the American College of Orgonomy, is on the editorial staff of the Journal of Orgonomy, and is in the private practice of orgonomic psychiatry in Inverness, CA. A recent article, "The Orgone Energy Light," (1988) was published in 22:1 of the Journal of Orgonomy. Please send all requests for reprints to Dr. Blasband, c/o The American College of Orgonomy, Box 490, Princeton, N.J. 08542. Robin Karpf, M.D. is a diplomate in Psychiatry of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is in private practice in Princeton, N.J. Charles Konia, M.D. is a diplomate in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, is Chairman of the Training Committee of the American College of Orgonomy, is on the editorial staff of the Journal of Orgonomy, and is in the private practice of orgonomic psychiatry in Easton, PA. Recent articles on Orgone Therapy (1988, 1989, 1990), appeared in the Journal of Orgonomy, 22,23,24. Some of the material for this article was taken from an article by the same authors titled "Armoring in Women in Labor," (1988), Journal of Orgonomy, 22:1 56-61.
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