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Bernard Montaud


After qualifying as a Physiotherapist in Lyons (France), he opened a private practice in Vienne (France) in 1973.

He is a passionate researcher studying human nature; he also extends his knowledge in several areas:

- Taoism and ancient Chinese with Jacques André Lavier; he learns acupuncture

- He is trained in osteopathy and learns the Mézières Method, thus discovering a global concept of the body

- He qualified as Heil Praticker in Germany.

However, beyond these methods and their application, a permanent dissatisfaction and some questions remained: what is the meaning of suffering? What would have a lasting, instead of punctual effect on it?

Full of this questioning and together with a small team, he created Body Psychoanalysis in 1983, which lead to a new understanding of human’s inner life and set the foundations of Nuclear Psychology.

At the same time, he meets Gitta Mallasz en 1985, a decisive encounter that changes his life.  Amongst other things, she encouraged him to write about his experience.

He wrote a number of books (though not yet available in English), amongst them, L'accompagnement de la naissanceLa Psychologie Nucléaire un accompagnement du VivantAllô mon corps fondements de la psychanalyse corporelle.

In 2001, together with representatives of the health professions, he created an adult education centre (FMPN), delivering trainings on Body Psychoanalysis, Birth Care, Death Care and Medicine of Acts.

Since 2004, he dedicates his life to writing and training Body Psychoanalysts, pursuing his research on human inner life.

The Origins of Body Psychoanalysis

In 1980, Bernard Montaud, then a physiotherapist and an osteopath, was using a soft technique of cranial osteopathy on a patient when suddenly her body went into a spasm, associated with undefined emotions.

Without knowing it, he had just witnessed what is now known as the first level of body psychoanalysis: meaningless spasms. From then on, Bernard Montaud and colleagues developed a passion for these unexplained body reactions and began experimenting and experiencing for themselves the meaningless spasms of the body and their related emotions.

The outcome was a growing understanding that the body is a reliable gateway to re-experience traumatic events in great details, as far back as sixty or seventy years. This later became Body Psychoanalysis.

Body Psychoanalysis is constantly evolving; therefore, an institute was founded in 2003 to pursue its development more thoroughly and continue its research: The “Institut Francais de Psychanalyse Corporelle” (the Institute of Body Psychoanalysis).

Body Psychoanalysis was developed by a few people and practised in a limited environment for thirty years (70,000 sessions for more than 650 cases archived and studied); it is now possible for a wider audience to learn Body Psychoanalysis.

Two classes have now qualified in Body Psychoanalysis, a third one began in 2010 and a class in English is due to start soon (five-year part-time programme).