Biodynamic Massage is concerned with the integration of mind and body. It involves a broad range of techniques that work not only at the physical level of skin, tissue, muscle and bone, but also at the more subtle level of energy flow in the body.
In health, there is a relatively free flow of energy through the body and the system is balanced. But when the system becomes imbalanced, for whatever reason, blockages can occur in the energy flow that may lead to physical symptoms and ill health. Biodynamic massage helps to dissolve the blockages of accumulated tension and bring the body systems back into balance, leading to improved health and well-being.
Working with the effects and origins of stress, it can promote deep relaxation, improvement of the circulation, increased energy and well-being. It can also help to relieve chronic symptoms, such as headaches, tension, pain, digestive problems and insomnia. Each course of treatment is designed to suit the individual’s personality and health needs, and the Biodynamic therapist will select the appropriate techniques to restore balance and improve overall health.
In a first session the client is asked to say a little about themselves and their medical history. During the massage the client may remain fully or partly clothed and kept warm and comfortable at all times. Privacy is ensured throughout the session.
Some benefit may be observed after one session, although a sustained change is usually only made possible by regular sessions over a period of weeks or months.
Benefits and Effects
Touch that is sensitive, appropriate and compassionate creates a sense of well-being.
Biodynamic Massage therapists are trained to help make sense of both the physical and emotional aspects of daily experiences. Sometimes people get in touch with feelings or memories which help them find meaning in their current situation, and the massage therapist will give support and space for this process if it is chosen.
How we breathe directly affects our energy levels, and our ability to let go of tension and worry. The massage therapist tunes into the rhythm of the client’s breathing to encourage a sense of expansion and pleasure.
Biodynamic Massage will increase a client’s awareness of his or her own body. It aims to encourage us to value and trust our bodies as part of our whole self. It also helps to make connections between mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of our lives. This approach enhances the body’s own self-healing capacity.
Information reproduced with permission of The Association of Holistic Biodynamic Massage Therapists (AHBMT).