Biodynamic Massage

While having the benefits of traditional massage- relaxation, and the easing of pain – Biodynamic massage is also suited to those interested in exploring the mind-body connection, whether it be for insight into specific bodily issues, or as a means to self-discovery and change.

Biodynamic massage can be particularly valuable for those with psycho-physiological or stress related symptoms, such as headaches, insomnia, depression, musculoskeletal pains, or circulatory problems; all of which are symptoms of an imbalance in the body’s natural self-regulation. It can also help calm the nervous system at times of acute anxiety and stress.

Unique to Biodynamic massage is the therapist’s use of an electronic stethoscope to monitor the sounds of the digestive system. This provides crucial diagnostic feedback and guides effective treatment. Unlike more traditional forms of massage, the therapist uses no oil or powder. The contact is skin to skin, through light clothing or other covering.

Whilst one off sessions are possible, biodynamic massage is most beneficial if given over a course of a minimum of six weeks. This is related to how emotional holding in the body tends to soften as you become increasingly familiar with the touch of the therapist and the flow of a Biodynamic Massage.

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“Peristalsis opens, breathing releases, body’s startle patterns begin to dissolve, the texture of the skin changes. Over a few months the changes in personality and attitude can be remarkable. People feel more open and relaxed, more in touch with their bodies and with pleasure, and there often comes a desire for a simpler, less frenetic way of living.”

Frequently Asked Questions about Biodynamic Massage


Biodynamic massage was first developed in Norway in the 1960s by Gerda Boyesen. Working as a clinical psychologist, she became interested in the connection between mental health and bodily experience, and began using massage in her clinical practice. Gerda Boyesen is recognised internationally as a pioneer in the profession of body psychotherapy.

Central to Boyesen’s work was the importance of the gut-brain axis and its regulatory function in the nervous system. She discovered that the digestive system not only takes in, digests, processes and assimilates food, but also emotional experience. Biodynamic massage is designed to help us literally digest our stress, not just in our minds but also in our bodies.

In what way is Biodynamic Massage different from other forms of massage?

In BDM we address the energy flow of the client. The aim is to balance, enhance, stimulate or calm the available energy and to clear the system of metabolic waste accumulated through stress. 

When we are unable to process our emotional responses to stress, our body will hold this pattern of tension until it can be assimilated (digested through psycho-peristalsis). Biodynamic Massage facilitates this process of assimilation, and the massage therapist will be aware that emotions may be underlying these patterns of stress and tension.

What are the effects of Biodynamic Massage?

Your natural energy flow is enhanced, which can be felt in different ways. Clients report they feel “deeply relaxed”, “back in one piece again”, “relaxed and at the same time energised”, “connected with all the part of the body”, “having let go of tensions”, “revived”, or  “connected with a deeper source”.

How deep is Biodynamic Massage?

There are several forms of Biodynamic massage. Some aim to soften the tightness in the muscles, to encourage more aliveness and feeling in the body. Some aim to contain and integrate when a person might be feeling too sensitive or overwhelmed. Others help to increase energetic awareness, and to encourage expansion and strengthening. Different techniques and levels of touch are used to suit each person’s needs and body type, and the massage will be tailored to their needs on the day. It can be that the therapist chooses to work on the skin level, the connective or deeper tissue, the muscles or even down to the bone level. In any case, the therapist will endeavour to meet you at the level that is both enjoyable for you and effective.

Why does the therapist use a stethoscope?

The therapist puts an electronic stethoscope on your tummy and uses it as a feed-back for how your system is unwinding during the massage, i.e. the tummy rumblings (called “psychoperistalsis”), broadly speaking, indicate to what degree your system is “digesting” past stressful events.

It was Gerda Boyesen’s discovery that the gut has the second function of digesting our nervous stresses and emotional strains.  This second function of the intestine she later termed ‘psycho-peristalsis’ to differentiate it from the digestion of food.  The psycho-peristalsis is our innate self-regulation system which would ‘clear the remnants of the day’ when we relax at the end of a stressful day. Listening to the bio-feedback gives the therapist a further layer of information in addition to what they feel in the muscles and tissues.