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BIODYNAMIC MASSAGE
Touch & Movement Therapies


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  • Biodynamic Massage Therapy Description
  • History
  • Conventional Medical Opinion
  • Consulting A Practitioner




  • BIODYNAMIC MASSAGE THERAPY DESCRIPTION

    This form of massage aims to release energy bound up in the muscles and gut, causing physical and emotional pain. Discussion is encouraged and techniques can be soothing and soporific, or more vigorous.




    HISTORY

    This approach was developed in the 1960s by Gerda Boyesen, a Norwegian-born psychologist and physiotherapist. She subsequently discovered that her ideas were similar to those of Wilhelm Reich. According to his theory of "armoring," suppressed emotions can cause muscular tensions, trapping energy. This may be released by working simultaneously on the body and the mind. In 1975 Boyensen founded an institute in London to train practitioners and treat patients; centers later opened in Europe and in Australia. However, this therapy is not well known in the U.S.


    MAIN USES OF BIODYNAMIC MASSAGE

  • A range of physical ailments, including stress-related conditions, such as backache, headaches and depression.
  • Digestive disorders.





  • CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL OPINION

    The idea that the gut reacts to emotions is familiar, but most psychotherapists and health care providers find the use of bowel noises to monitor psychological changes unusual.




    CONSULTING A PRACTITIONER

    Practitioners believe that the intestine digests not only food, but stress and trauma, a process known as "psychoperistalsis," which, they claim, can be improved with massage. You lie undressed on a massage table, Covered by a blanket. Swedish massage is combined with techniques such as "lifting" the limbs to detect and free trapped "bioenergy", which is released through the abdomen. A stethoscope is applied to the abdomen to monitor progress - the more gurgles the better. Talking is encouraged if the practitioner feels the massage is raising any issues.

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