Biodynamic massage is a method of bodywork that aims to connect with people at both the physical and emotional level. Developed in the 1960s by Norwegian physiotherapist and psychologist Gerda Boyesen, it uses a wide range of techniques to work on the physical body – muscle, skin, connective tissue and bone – and the emotional body – how touch is felt, received and energetically experienced.
Biodynamics conceptualises health as the harmonisation of mind and body, and the free, easy flow of energy throughout our systems. When this process is hindered and energy becomes blocked, dis-ease may occur, manifesting as tension or illness. Using empathetic touch, biodynamic massage facilitates the movement of energy through our bodies to support physical and emotional integration, wellbeing, and the body’s natural ability to self-heal.
During a biodynamic massage, close attention is paid to the whole range of a client’s responses – changes in words, breathing, muscle tension, and even the sounds of the digestive system, for which practitioners use a specialized stethoscope to hear. The gut has long been seen to have a strong emotional connection, and the stethoscope gives us an extra piece of information about our clients’ internal process of change.
Biodynamic massage begins with an initial consultation, and is typically done over partial or full clothing without the use of oil or lotion. Clients can benefit from a one-off session, although most often clients choose to have weekly sessions over a mutually agreed time period to support more sustainable development.
Biodynamic massage is suited to a range of people, including individuals with chronic pain conditions, people who have experienced physical or emotional trauma, and those who seek a fuller connection between their body and mind.