Biodynamic massage is a complementary therapy developed by Gerda Boyesen in Norway during the 1950s.

History edit

"During a massage, if I see any sign of movement trying to emerge in the client, I would always try to encourage it, because my conviction is that this is going to liberate and express much more energy than would result from what I'm going to do with my hands."

— Think Through the Body - Roz Carroll[1]

In 1969, Boyesen set up the Gerda Boyesen Training School at Acacia House in Acton Park.[2] It is both a psychological and energetic therapy which is concerned with the integration of all aspects of an individual.[3][4] This includes the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of existence. A key concept in biodynamic massage is the belief in a universal life force that connects all of us.[5]

Biodynamic massage is used on its own, as part of body psychotherapy or to support psychotherapy of a different modality.[6] The touch does not attempt to cure, but rather bring the client into relationship with their body.[7][8]

Biodynamic massage techniques edit

There are a wide variety of techniques that focuses on skin, bone, muscular, fascia, energy and aura.[9][10]

Theory edit

According to Biodynamic massage, the digestive tract has a dual function. It is to digest physical nourishment, but also the emotional digestion of stressful situations. Once away from the stressful situation, the experience can be digested in our guts when rest is possible. Biodynamic therapists use a stethoscope during the massage to listen to the peristalsis and use it as feedback to guide the massage.[11]

References edit

  1. ^ Carroll, Roz. "Think Through the Body".
  2. ^ Young, Cournetay. "In Memoriam: Gerda Boyesen: 1922 - 2005".
  3. ^ Staunton, Tree (2002). Body Psychotherapy. Runner Routledge. p. 78. ISBN 1-58391-116-2.
  4. ^ Malloy, Mary. "GBII". Archived from the original on 2014-09-16. Retrieved 2014-08-29.
  5. ^ "(PDF) Setting up a Biodynamic Massage Practice - Part Two". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  6. ^ Grates, Mark. "Massage Therapy Benefits". Archived from the original on 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  7. ^ ABMT. "Association of Biodynamic Massage Therapists".
  8. ^ Nunneley, Peg (2000). The biodynamic philosophy and treatment of psychosomatic conditions. Bern: Lang. p. 75. ISBN 3-906763-16-1.
  9. ^ Staunton, Tree (2002). Body Psychotherapy. Runner Routledge. p. 79. ISBN 1-58391-116-2.
  10. ^ Hartley, Linda. Contemporary Body Psychotherapy: The Chiron Approach. p. 32.
  11. ^ Stauffer, Kathrin (2010). Anatomy and Physiology for Psychotherapists. London: Norton. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-393-70604-8.