What is Biodynamic Massage?
Biodynamic massage is a psychotherapeutic form of massage concerned with the integration of all aspects of an individual - physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual within the context of an individual's life and relationships at home, at work and at leisure. It is derived from methods used in Norwegian physiotherapy and was developed and brought to the U.K. by Gerda Boyesen, psychologist, physiotherapist and analyst.
Biodynamic massage rests on certain theoretical principles, which it holds in common with other therapies:
Rather than trying to cure an illness, the aim of a biodynamic massage therapist is to understand with the client the meaning and message of an illness, and in this process symptom relief may come about through creating a new balance within oneself and life generally.
The basic premise is to communicate or make non-verbal contact with you and your body. It is a way of relating to each other, which transcends the actual method being used. Through this relationship, you are able to relate to your own inner (bio)dynamic for self healing.
Biodynamic massage has a large repertoire of techniques to suit individual needs. Each person receives an individually matched massage session, but no two sessions will be exactly the same for an individual.
Oil is not used, so there is direct person-to-person contact between the therapist and the client.
Clients only undress to a level they are comfortable with and can determine what feels right for them each session.
A stethoscope is placed on the belly to listen to gut rumblings called psycho-peristalsis. These sounds are used by the therapist as guidance as to what is happening in the autonomic nervous system. This feedback from the gut provides both the therapist and the client with additional information. From a biodynamic perspective, a key function of the gut is to digest and process emotional material and residue from experiences, and from thoughts and memories which carried a level of energy’s.