She says that she experiences an inner tension that she cannot reach, but that is constantly nagging her. She has to do something, but she doesn’t know what, she struggles with it. She doesn’t know where it comes from, what causes it, or how to get rid of it. While telling the story, she wrings her hands together in front of her chest, literally portraying what the tension does to her.
Today in therapy we work from movement. First, we experience what each movement does to you. With every movement – straight lines, wave line, angular shape and circular movement – experiments are carried out with speed, intensity and size of movement. This information is then used to depict one of the feeling cards chosen at the start.
She chooses the inner tension and uses the angular shape. She uses the tension to get it down on paper.
The next assignment is to portray the same chosen feeling through a collage.
Here she uses the same angular shape. “It’s like I’m in a box, I can’t get out, I can’t see what’s outside the box. It makes me feel like I’m drowning. But I couldn’t find a picture of water. So it has become a pile of clothes that I am covered in.”
The effect of the inner tension is made very clear and becomes literally tangible. A first step to discover where the tension comes from and what causes it.