Biodynamic massage is a specialist form of massage that is often used within biodynamic body psychotherapy. It was developed by Norwegian psychologist and physiotherapist, Gerda Boyesen (1922-2005), who is the founder of biodynamic psychology and psychotherapy.
The gut brain connection (Enteric nervous system ENS).
One of Boyesen’s greatest discoveries was that unconscious and unprocessed feelings sit everywhere, in every cell in the body and brain, and especially in the walls of the intestines. This discovery has revolutionised understanding of the links between digestion, mood and health.
By stimulating what she called psycho-peristalsis (tummy rumbling sounds) through a particular form of massage, Boyesen discovered that the chemical remnants of emotional charge left in the body and tissues from unprocessed traumatic experiences, could be cleared out.
Unique to biodynamic massage is the therapist’s use of a stethoscope to monitor the sounds of the digestive system. This provides crucial diagnostic feedback and guides effective treatment. By working with psycho-persistalsis, we see how the tummy rumblings are linked to our emotional states.
“There is an innate healing mechanism in the body which dissolves tenseness in the muscles and resolves emotional and psychological conflict on the unconscious and organic level.” – Gerda Boyesen Clinical Psychologist. Founder of Biodynamic Psychology.“
Biodynamic massage is a gentle but profound treatment, which gives the practitioner a direct link to the client’s autonomic nervous system (ANS), and a way of working through a psychotherapeutic process without needing to re-live or even consciously remember past experiences. It is designed to be a pleasurable, relaxing experience, in order for the body to feel safe enough to let go of some of its deep holding patterns.
“The biodynamic therapist is aware that when they touch the body, they are in touch with the whole person.”
Whilst one off sessions are possible, biodynamic massage is most beneficial if given over a course of a minimum of six weeks. It can be done skin to skin or over light clothing, whichever feels more comfortable.
To read more about biodynamic massage, see the Association of Biodynamic Massage Therapists website ABMT
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