Biodynamic massage is a specialist form of massage that addresses both the body and mind. It was developed by clinical psychologist, Gerda Boyesen, and is often used within biodynamic body-psychotherapy. Adding body work to more traditional psychotherapy works to release stress and tension stored in the body, as well as breaking down the barriers and blocks in the mind.
“The biodynamic therapist is aware that when they touch the body, they are in touch with the whole person.”
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, perhaps, a person feels too sensitive or overwhelmed; others help to increase energetic awareness, and to encourage expansion and strengthening. What makes the depth of work possible is the relationship between the therapist and the client. The development of trust is important as it provides the safe space necessary for insight and healing to occur. It uses no oils and can be done over light clothing.
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. Biodynamic massage can be done skin to skin or over light clothing.
“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 particularly valuable for those with psycho-physiological or stress related symptoms such as headaches, aches and pains, anxiety, insomnia, depression, arthritis, M.E., etc.; for those who feel “under the weather” or that something is not quite right, but where there is an absence of diagnosable disease; and for those wanting to embark on a process of self discovery through a body approach.
- Rebalancing the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system
- Pain relief
- Relief of internal emotional pressure
- Release of muscular tension
- Toning of under-toned muscle
- Increased body awareness
- Release of toxins
- Discovery of a more “natural” breathing pattern
Whilst one off sessions are possible, biodynamic massage is most beneficial if given over a course of a minimum of six weeks. This relates to how emotional holding in the body tends to soften as you as you become increasingly familiar with the touch of the therapist and the flow of a biodynamic massage.
To read more about biodynamic massage, see the Association of Biodynamic Massage Therapists website ABMT
“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.”