Principles and Guidelines of Kelley-Radix


First written by Charles R. Kelley, these Principles and Guidelines were preparatory to new curricula for Training In Feeling and Purpose, which he was in the process of developing at the time of his death in 2005.  The current volunteer Kelley-Radix organization is working on the development of this training program.  For those interested in a current training program we recommend application to the Radix Institute ( for training in "Feeling" work as developed from Dr. Kelley's program of 1986.

Kelley-Radix work is an educational personal growth discipline based on and carried out under these concepts, principles, and guidelines: Trainees are not required to “believe” the life force concepts embodied here. It is Chuck’s concepts that for him underlie Radix work. Trainer applicants are required to know them, but should develop their own concepts underlying their work.

  1. There is a real natural force that animates the body, that pulsates, charges and discharges within the body. Reich called it orgone, and Kelley calls it the radix. It is not a metaphor or construct, but real, existing apart from our experience of it. Radix theory ascribes somewhat different properties to the life force than does Reich’s orgone theory, but the two are closely related life force concepts.
  2. The function of the life force in the body is affected by patterns of muscular tension which block radix processes, including feeling processes (Reich’s muscular armor) and which contain, channel, and direct radix processes in the service of thought and will (Kelley).
  3. Human life is best served by a balance between feeling and spontaneity on one hand, rooted in primary radix processes in the body, and purpose on the other hand, rooted in the blocking and shaping of radix processes by patterns of muscle tension in the service of thought and will.
  4. Kelley-Radix work deals with the radix processes of the body and the muscular patterns through which they can be blocked and controlled. Freeing excessive and chronic muscular blocks to the body’s radix processes, including feeling processes, is Radix “Education in Feeling” or Radix “Feeling Work.” Building patterns of containment, control and direction of these radix processes is Radix “Education in Purpose” or Radix “Purpose Work.”
  5. Kelley-Radix no longer certifies teachers in Radix Feeling work alone. All Kelley-Radix work teachers are trained in education in feeling and purpose. “Kelley-Radix Work” thus means “education in feeling and purpose.”
  6. Kelley-Radix work is primarily for the healthy, sound person searching to grow, to become more alive, to develop in character, to achieve more of his or her human potential. It helps the student become a more balanced, thoughtful and feeling person, to relate better to others, to enhance sexuality, to work more effectively, to gain autonomy and power, and to deepen contact with the spiritual dimension of life. Any and all of these objectives can be served by “education in feeling and purpose.”
  7. Kelley-Radix work is a professional body-oriented self-improvement discipline, developed for the personal growth of healthy adults. As such it involves no diagnosis, prognosis, prescription for treatment of illness, medical dysfunction or disease, and should not be paid for by government or private medical third party payments.
  8. A licensed therapist, like a physician, chiropractor, clinical psychologist, or clinical social worker may become licensed as a Kelley-Radix Teacher and use Radix techniques as an adjunct to his or her therapeutic practice. Principle 7 only requires that the Radix techniques not be confused with or paid for as therapy.
  9. An advantage of principle 7 and 8 to the therapist professional is that it provides a license for touching and handling the client’s body in Radix work that is banned by some therapy organizations as a part of the therapy practice. For further discussion of these points see the article Personal Growth and Psychotherapy in Radix Work, available on this site and also in THE RADIX, Volume I, pp. 263-277, and related articles in the same section.
  10. It is a principle of this work that those Teaching it, or Training others in it, learn themselves and encourage students and trainees to reach independent judgments. It is far more important that trainees learn to judge independently than that they learn to reach consensus with others, and it prepares them better to function as independent professionals.
  11. Kelley-Radix work encourages innovation and freedom to work in different ways on the part of Kelley-Radix Trainers and Teachers, within the framework of this set of principles. Kelley-Radix Trainers are experienced in doing this work, and work out their own ways of doing it, their own style and clinical techniques. Trainees will first learn to work in the way taught them by their clinical Trainer, but should be exposed also to ways of working of other Trainers and Senior Teachers. Once they have mastered the way of working of their Trainer, they are encouraged to innovate, to create new ways of working within the framework of principle expressed here.
  12. Kelley-Radix Trainers and Teachers, like their students, will continue to deepen their understanding of the concepts and principles of Kelley-Radix work as a central part of their own personal development, which they should see as a process of unfolding and evolution of the self  that continues for the whole of their lives.
  13. A certified Kelley-Radix Teacher (i.e., a Teacher with a Certificate signed by Charles Kelley or his Successor) who has practiced the profession regularly, conscientiously and ethically for one year after Certification is qualified to apply for training to become an independent Kelley-Radix Trainer. Others may qualify through tests of their knowledge of, and skill at doing, Radix work.
  14. All Kelley-Radix Trainers, Teachers and Trainees will identify their work with the full name, Kelley-Radix to differentiate it from the work of others that is called “Radix” but is not governed by all of the concepts and principles stated here. Use of the Kelley-Radix name, and any other use of the Radix name that is licensed through the Trade Mark rights of Charles R. Kelley, shall be in accord with these concepts and principles.