Dr. Alexander Lowen was a patient of Reich's in the early 1940s and subsequently developed Bioenergetics which is usually described as an offshoot of orgonomy. Many orgonomists consider Lowen as an opportunist who watered down many of Reich's concepts for public consumption and narcissistic fame.
I believe that while Lowen erred in certain ways, particularly his aggressive breakdown of pelvic armoring which takes place at the end of orgone therapy, he contributed in some ways. His book Fear of Life was an interesting attempt to look at the connection of fate and character and explore the Oedipus Complex within body oriented therapy.
While I practice orgonomically and not bioenergetically I was a patient in bioenergetics with one of Lowen's associates in the late 1970's and early 80's. While not as profound as orgonomy and more conservative in its approach, it is certainly not useless. Many people might benefit from it (although a proportion might be harmed by its vigorous onslaught.)
As an orgonomist it is worthwhile to read Lowen's books for some insights.
We are such a small percentage of the mental health field. It would be a shame to not dialogue with other Reichian based offshots and work together where possible.
My original mentor and the one who trained me in orgonomic therapy, Bernard Rosenblum, MD, certainly felt that it was important. Likewise, my current therapist and mentor, the medical orgonomist Arthur Nelson, MD, was actually a patient of Lowen's in the mid 40s when Lowen was still an orgonomist. He told me many funny anecdotes about Lowen which I will share in future posts.