Biodynamic massage is a therapy where no two treatments are ever the same. Each treatment is specifically designed to meet the client’s needs at that time. On some occasions, therefore, the therapist will provide a gentle, flowing massage; on others, the massage movements will be deeper and more penetrating; and on others the therapist will combine the two. There are touches, stretches, energy work, polarity etc.
Biodynamic massage is a holistic, integrative form of massage, developed by Gerda Boyesen, a Norwegian physiotherapist and clinical psychologist. Its principle is to restore the free flow of energy in the body and help the body to self-regulate. It builds on the belief that our bodies hold everything that we are and we experience, emotionally, mentally and health-wise. Therapists are trained in a multitude of techniques and a variety of strokes, to respond appropriately to both the emotional and physical dynamics in the body, and with this can help make sense of both the physical and psychological aspects. They may use a stethoscope for listening to the psychoperistalsis (tummy rumblings), for feedback on the client’s internal state. A trial period of a number of sessions might be suggested, after which progress is discussed.
Biodynamic massage is particularly recommended for treating conditions which are thought to have a mind–body connection. Possible benefits are: