The Body and its Envelopes

This article explains how packing as a cure affects the subject and her body in a special therapeutic way. The encounter with a young psychotic woman and her suffering, written all over her body, led us to initiate this treatment which takes the body as a privileged route of access for therapy. Packing as a cure is an attempt to create a corporeal development with the aim of reconstructing a psychic envelope and as such providing access to a history that is singular. We will demonstrate how this cure is a process of permanent dialogue with the collective. Using clinical material we will illustrate how the platform of packing and theatre gives this woman the opportunity to become the author of her own personal story.