Looking around in society, we notice that each person's body has its own shape. Wilhelm Reich, a psychiatrist of the 1930s, discovered that different body positions can give us an idea about the conditioning of the person and their childhood patterns.Depending on our education, we cultivate a specific form of protection.
Reich named five different body types according to the different stages of development in a child. Once we know them, we recognize ourselves in the five types, but often we find that we mainly identify with only one.
In the case of each respective tension character, Reich saw a blockage of our emotional responsiveness and an inhibition of our individuality.
The five character and body types have particular habits, preferences, fears, weaknesses, tensions, and strengths. They develop during childhood and are influenced by the social environment. The protections and tensions that develop do not allow us to express our feelings like anger, fear, sadness, joy and love freely. Not expressing these impulses prevents the flow and vibration of energy throughout our body.