BIODYNAMIC BODY PSYCHOTHERAPY
Biodynamic Psychotherapy was developed by Gerda Boyesen (1922 - 2005) and as with other forms of Body Psychotherapy it has its roots in the work of Wilhelm Reich.
Biodynamic work addresses the whole person taking into account their physical, mental or emotional needs. We recognise that these needs are often interlinked and therefore working with one element can often benefit the others.
Throughout each session we might use a mixture of the following; talking, movement Vegetotherapy or massage. Choosing the methods will be a collaborative process between the client and the therapist. It will depend on what comes up through the work and what feels safe at any given moment. Trust and safety are key to this work and although I work in an integrative way, my therapeutic style is centred around a relational model. I take a client led approach with the belief that ‘expertise’ and ‘wisdom’ lie within the client.
Throughout the sessions we will look at your patterns of behaviour and how you have learnt to relate to yourself, your environment and other people. The emotional Vasomotoric Cycle is a term that comes from Biodynamic Psychotherapy. It is closely related to the Reichian concept of pulsation. As we move through the cycle we go through phases of sympathetic and parasympathetic activity. Charging, expression, winding down and relaxation. Our ability to complete the cycle without being inhibited by our defences represents healthy self-regulation. We can get stuck at any point in the cycle and if this becomes chronic it can lead to ill health and patterns of behaviour that may be unhelpful for example we may present as over charged or shut down.
Over time our stories manifest themselves in our bodies, Biodynamic work involves unlocking these patterns, bringing them into our awareness so that they can be looked at, understood, integrated, completed, or changed.
Biodynamic massage is grounded in an integrated approach to health which recognises the connection between repressed emotions and physical health. It addresses both the body and the mind. It looks at the individual as a whole being within the context of their life and relationships.
Biodynamic Massage is derived from methods used in Norwegian physiotherapy and was developed and brought to the U.K. by Gerda Boyesen, psychologist, physiotherapist and analyst.
The therapist and client work together in an atmosphere of curiosity, awareness and acceptance to invite a natural movement towards health and wholeness. Biodynamic massage rests on the premise that, given the right circumstances, individuals have the capacity to self-heal and to self-regulate.
Biodynamic massage has a variety of techniques to suit individual needs. Each client receives an individually matched massage session and no two sessions will be exactly the same.
In the first session you will be asked to say a little about your life and medical history. All consultations between therapist and client are strictly confidential.
During the massage you can be fully or partly clothed, as you wish. Comfort is paramount and privacy is ensured throughout the session.
Although you may feel some benefit from one session, a sustained change is only possible with regular sessions over a period of months.
The Association of Biodynamic Massage Therapists
The Association was established in 1992 to maintain a high professional standard of work amongst its members, encourage research and provide information to the public about biodynamic massage.
Registered biodynamic massage therapists are required to be in supervision, commit to ongoing professional development and adhere to a code of professional ethics.
If you would like to read about Biodynamic massage in greater depth and find out more about the association please visit www.abmt.org.uk
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