I usually inform my patients that therapy will have periods which are painful, frightening and difficult. It will require an expenditure of time, effort and courage. At times people associate Reichian-based therapies with a macabre scene of black and blue marks and B-movie screaming!
Strangely, the advice has not discouraged anyone from beginning this journey. Perhaps they know on some deep level that it is a truth that effective therapy requires expression of some painful aspects of themselves which have been buried and hidden and that it is an illusion to think one can grow whilst ignoring their "shadow." Or perhaps, they really don't believe me.
Intuitively we shrink away from pain because it is associated with threat and danger. Pain is not always negative, however. Many walk around with immobolized and unfelt parts of their body and begin to feel pain whn the area is mobilized and returns to "life." This can be a welcome sign. Allhealing modalities speak about anaggrevation or temporary re- emergence of older disease symptoms. This is common in classical homeopathy, acupuncture and orgonomic therapy among other systems.
Pain indicates a tension or internal conflict. The pulse of life has been obstructed or contracted. If one withdraws pulse, there is no experienced pain, but there is a loss of experience and limitation. Thisis akin to a frostbitten finger that is not experienced as painful until the blood flows back stronger into the area which is consciously painful. But this is an expression of the life force rather than the contraction of energy.
One need not be frightened of the experience of physical pain if it develops in the course of therapy as it is life-affirming. Going with it rather than contracting and inhibiting the breathing will reduce the fear and tension. This reminds one of going to the dentist where going with it rather than resisting makes for better healing and less pain. Orgonomic therapy is ultimately about healing and regaining greater awareness not masochism.