Biodynamic Massage

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Role of a Biodynamic Massage Therapist

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. In this process, symptom relief comes from creating a new balance within oneself and one’s life.

Placing a stethoscope on the abdomen, the therapist follows the peristaltic sounds closely. These sounds indicate to the therapist that the body tissue is succeeding in letting go of ‘stress remnants’ from old uncompleted emotional cycles. By working to increase the sounds, the therapist progressively clears the body tissue of its armoring, allowing energy to flow more freely. Involuntary autonomic nervous system reactions (i.e. muscular twitches, yawning, shivering, crying, or a need to urinate) are seen as signs of the body rebalancing itself.

By communicating with or making non-verbal contact with the client, the client is able to relate to his/her own inner (bio)dynamic for self-healing. Biodynamic massage has a large repertoire of techniques, with each client receiving an individually tailored massage session and no two sessions being exactly the same.

Conditions Treated by Biodynamic Therapy

Biodynamic massage is suitable in the case of symptoms such as:

  • Headaches
  • Aches and pains
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Feeling under the weather/that something is not quite right
  • Emotional pressure
  • Muscular tension
  • Under-toned muscles
  • Toxins

Biodynamic Massage Theoretical Principles

Underpinning biodynamic techniques are basic theoretical assumptions. Central to the technique is the understanding of ‘contactful’ or ‘essential touch.’

  • Touch in biodynamic massage is an invitation to engage in a relationship with oneself and another through caring, attentive, non-sexual touch
  • Therapeutic Alliance: Creation of an atmosphere of safety, acceptance, and comfort makes the depth of the work possible
  • Trust is vital and the massage therapist is closely attuned to the body’s non-verbal signals and to what the client is saying
  • Biodynamic massage therapists pay attention to how and where the energy or life force is flowing freely in the body

Forms of Biodynamic Massage

Unlike more traditional forms of massage, the biodynamic massage therapist does not use any oil. The contact is either skin-to-skin or through clothing and the strokes move down the body or from the core to the periphery.

There are several forms of biodynamic massage, each with its own set of movements and intentions.

  • Energy Distribution – As the name implies, encourages the flow of energy down the body and out from the deeper levels
  • Aura (human energy field) Work – Used in biodynamic work when it is not possible to physically touch the client. Helps clients contact their more spiritual side.
  • Basic Touch – Sometimes referred to as ‘diagnostic touch’; can be applied at skin, connective tissue, or muscular level as a way to get to know the client
  • Emptying – Used when tissues are full of stagnant fluid or energy
  • Connective Tissue Work
  • Deep Draining
  • Hypotonous Work – The therapist holds and stretches the muscle on the “in” breath, inviting more aliveness and tone into the tissue
  • Lifting
  • Polarization – Biodynamic massage sessions are often concluded by polarisation with the client lying on their left side

For a free flow of energy in your body, for symptom relief, and to begin the process of self-healing, locate a professional biodynamic massage therapist in your area.