In Memory of
Michele Terry Newmark
1950 - 2016

Who is Michele Terry Newmark, M.S., D.D. ACS?


Born and raised in southern California, Michele attended Chiropractic College in 1973 and earned her Bachelor's degree in psychology in 1977, under Dr. Phillip Curcuruto D.C. who brought Reichian Therapy to the West Coast over 60 years ago. She received her Master's degree in biology with clinical emphasis in nutritional biochemistry in 1987, the same year she relocated to Northern California with her two young, home-born children. While continuing her Reichian Therapy and nutrition practice, she also formulated her own signature line of botanical fragrances, massage oils & incense, "Yakshi," establishing her small manufacturing business nationwide for over 12 years.

Michele is a masterful Reichian Therapist and teacher in ways of giving and receiving pleasure. She has been involved in the academic and personal study of human sexuality since 1969. The basis of her work is grounded in Reichian Therapy and the works of Dr. Wilhelm Reich. She received one of her degrees and over 35 years of personal training under the tutelage of Dr. Deborah Curcuruto, Ph.D., and Dr. Philip Curcuruto, D.C. Stemming from a chiropractic orientation, Michele utilizes Dr. Philip Curcuruto's "Cranial-Vegetotherapy", one of the most original contributions to the modalities of Reichian Therapy. The cranial technique, which removes stress in the cranial sutures, reestablishing normal pulsatory movement of cerebrospinal fluid and in turn normal muscular reaction in the body, contributes to the broader prospective of Reichian Therapy. She also holds classes on "Reichian Therapy & Kundalini Yoga Intensive"  and "Women's Reichian Therapy Intensive and Yoni Yoga". Michele currently has a private practice in Santa Rosa and in San Francisco at The Center for Healing and Expression. 415-775-6145. info at thecenter-sf.org.

Michele is board certified by The American College of Sexologists.

A Healing Journey with Michele's Unique and Effective Approach by James Miller - 

Back in 1977, or thereabouts, I went to my first neo-Reichian bodywork weekend with Al Bauman who had worked with Reich in New York and ended up working with musicians to open their bodies to the deep energy flows so their playing music was fuller and more captivating.

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Podcasts & Radio Interviews with Michele

Listen to Michele on Sex and Aging on "Call Kira About Aging"

Michele discusses Female Sexuality on the "Ask Ann" Show

Medical animation of the normal breathing cycle.

What is Reichian Therapy?

Reichian Therapy is a non-verbal "breathing" therapy. Whereas "talk" is a great way to avoid what you're feeling, there is no way to avoid your feelings while lying there breathing in a Reichian Therapy session. Over time, chronically stiff and hard muscles that are blocking sensation and energy flow will soften. Eventually, the rage we hold in our muscles will surface, giving way to more feelings of pleasure, freeing blocked energy and sexual dysfunction.

We spend an enormous part of our energy holding back basic needs and feelings which we've learned were not OK. An effective way to free these blocked energies, release anger and reawaken to your natural vitality and pleasure is through the breathing, movement and sounds of Reichian sessions.

For over 25 years, Michele has been helping people come alive to their sexuality and joy of life with Reichian Therapy. For more information, contact Michele by sending email or by calling 415-775-6145.

"Knowledge, work, and natural love are the sources of our life. They should also govern it.

"The severity of every form of illness is directly related to the severity of the genital disturbance. The prospects of cure and the success of the cure are directly dependent upon the possibility of establishing the capacity for full genital gratification."

—Wilhelm Reich, "The Function of the Orgasm"

For more information about the work of Wilhelm Reich, see www.wilhelmreichmuseum.org, www.orgonelab.org, and www.reichianinstitute.com. 

Client Testimonials

"Reliving my son's birth, clearing anger, understanding my feelings more deeply....this work is powerful, healing, enlightening....a blessing to my life."

— Tera, graphics designer & mother, Santa Rosa

"I found this work profoundly moving and revitalizing."

— Michael, Ph.D. Psychology, Sacramento

"Removing walls and layers of protection around my heart enabled me to love more freely, to feel more fully, and to live my life passionately and joyfully."

— Barbara, workshop leader & mother, Petaluma

"I finally found my anger.....my orgasm too!"

— Bob, wholesale produce & father, Santa Rosa

Dr. Andrew Weill comments on the importance of breathwork.