What is biodynamic massage?

Biodynamic massage is a psychotherapeutic form of massage which supports the integration of all aspects of an individual – physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual.

It is derived from methods used by Gerda Boyesen, a psychologist, physiotherapist and analyst. Her experience working with clients led her to the understanding that the peristaltic action of the gut was a way that the body processed and released stored emotional energy and toxins. She called this ‘psycho-peristalsis’. Consequently, body psychotherapists using biodynamic massage listen to the psycho-peristalsis of clients as they massaged them, and this guides the massage.

How does biodynamic massage help?

Biodynamic massage works on the whole self, since experiences take place with both the body and mind. Similar to the knowledge held by Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries, which is now being proven by modern research, biodynamic massage works because we are beings made up on energy. By working with biodynamic massage in body psychotherapy, we can access emotions which have become trapped in the body, release energies which have become stuck, or invite fresh energy into areas which have been numbed or deadened.

By working with biodynamic massage, it becomes apparent that dis-ease (mental or physical) is a symptom of being out of harmony with our self and our surroundings, and that both past and present may have a contribution to any symptom. Positively, this means that health requires a free flow of energy in the system and that, given the right circumstances, we all have the capacity to self heal and to self regulate.

Who benefits from biodynamic massage?

Biodynamic massage is suitable for anyone with stress related or psycho-physiological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, general aches and pains, arthritis, headaches, lowered immunity or those who are lacking in energy and/or motivation. It can also be helpful if you have digestive or inflammatory issues such as IBS or allergies. Biodynamic massage when used in body psychotherapy can not only help to alleviate symptoms, but can help clients to deal with the root causes of their symptoms, which may stem from early life traumas or adverse relational habits.

Rather than trying to force a cure for an illness, the use of biodynamic massage in body psychotherapy is to communicate with the body, to allow it to be heard and to understand with you the meaning and message of an illness, and in this process symptom relief and wider life benefits may come about through creating a new balance within yourself and life generally.