Biodynamic massage is a psychotherapeutic form of massage concerned with the integration of all aspects of an individual - physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual within the context of an individual's life and relationships at home, at work and at leisure. It is derived from methods used in Norwegian physiotherapy and was developed and brought to the U.K. by Gerda Boyesen, psychologist, physiotherapist and analyst.
Biodynamic massage rests on certain theoretical principles, which it holds in common with other therapies -
- Individuals are perceived as energetic beings.
- health is apparent when there is a free flow of energy in the system.
- Given the right circumstances individuals are believed to have the capacity to self-heal and to self-regulate.
- Illness is regarded as being out of harmony with oneself and our surroundings.
- Past and present may have a contribution to any symptom.
- 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, and in this process symptom relief may come about through creating a new balance within oneself and life generally.
The basic premise is to communicate or make non-verbal contact with the client. It is a way of relating to each other, which transcends the actual method being used. Through this relationship, the client is able to relate to his or her own inner (bio)dynamic for self healing.
Biodynamic massage has a large repertoire of techniques to suit individual needs. Each client receives an individually matched massage session, but no two sessions will be the same for an individual.
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Massage should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.
Choosing a therapist
It is important to choose a qualified massage therapist who has undertaken the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of this particular therapy.
By choosing a massage therapist who is an FHT member, you can be confident that they are professionally trained, qualified and insured. They will also be listed on our Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, as massage is considered a form of complementary healthcare.