Elsa Gindler and her influence on Wilhelm Reich and body psychotherapy

  title={Elsa Gindler and her influence on Wilhelm Reich and body psychotherapy},
  author={Ulfried Geuter and Michael Coster Heller and Judyth O. Weaver},
  journal={Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy},
  pages={59 - 73}
This article explores the background of Elsa Gindler, in the early part of the twentieth century in Berlin, and whom she influenced in the 1930s and later, both in body psychotherapy and in other disciplines. It particularly explores the connection with Wilhelm Reich and Gindler's indirect influence on the development of his Vegetotherapy. 
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