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A wide range of people come to Biodynamic Body Psychotherapy, just as to other types of psychotherapy. Often they are attracted by the truly holistic, integrative approach of biodynamics extending beyond the talking therapy and including the body, both by sensing into and relating to your body, as well as the hands-on methods such as the biodynamic massage which are used as and when appropriate for the client.

They may suffer from depression, anxieties, obsessive behaviour, eating disorders or may be struggling with personal or professional relationships, bereavement, or are facing the challenges of major work or private life changes. Some people may feel discontented with their current life without being able to identify exactly why this is the case. They may want to explore themselves to find a more fulfilling way of living in their own skin and of being in the world.

As we can work directly with the body in biodynamic psychotherapy, it may also offer a fruitful route into exploring and easing physical symptoms, and what is called psycho-somatic symptoms in particular. The person may already have a sense that emotional issues are linked to their physical problems but needs help in exploring the connections and finding their way forward.

Biodynamic Massage is an integral part of the biodynamic psychotherapy work but can be used in its own right and Hartmut does work with people who want to experience and benefit from biodynamic massage, either for general relaxation or to address specific physical symptoms, without entering into a psychotherapeutic process. Sometimes clients discover they are getting more in touch with their bodies, their feelings and their creativity and want to explore themselves more deeply, in which case we may change our way of working to move into psychotherapy if this is what they want - to broaden and deepen the work.

In Biodynamic Massage we use different techniques and levels of touch to suit each person's needs and body type. Sessions are deeply relaxing and enjoyable. A course of weekly sessions can help support and strengthen the self-regulation and in turn allows us to deal with pressured or stressful situations better. Physical ailments, aches and pains, RSI, headache and other bodily symptoms may also be helped in many people. But of course even a one-off session may lead to deep relaxation, symptom relief and recuperation from a tiring day or week.

What clients have said:

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What the papers have said:

  • Green Events 2007  

Biodynamic Massage  by Eleanor Niblock               (Green Events, June/July 2007)

Perhaps it's the remnants of the old English stiff upper lip that means for many admitting to needing psychological counselling is still regarded as a sign of weakness.  Personally I think it shows a sign of strength that a person is able to admit they need help. But for those who are still a little shy, biodynamic massage provides the perfect way to dip your toe into the pool of counselling.

Essentially, biodynamics crosses the boundary between massage and therapy by recognising that mind, body and spirit are all intrinsically and fundamentally linked and that emotional trauma can be healed by hands-on massage at key points on the body. My therapist for the day was Hartmut Wuebbeler from The London School of Biodynamic Psychotherapy which follows the Gerda Boyesen method which essentially believes that suppressed material can be accessed by the therapist through the body and released via "Psycho-Peristalsis" where the stomach is able to process emotion in a similar way to the process of digestion. Because of this, Hartmut attaches a small stethoscope on my stomach which is attached to a small amplifier so he can listen to and assess my body's emotional peristalsis as he is carrying out the massage.

The massage does not use any oils and clients normally strip to their underwear for the therapy to take place. Before the session Hartmut and I have a chat about my health both physiologically and psychologically so that he can ascertain what areas he thinks he should concentrate on. As he begins the massage, I feel very relaxed as he works his hands over my back using small circling motions to move the energy about and sense for emotional trauma. When Hartmut was massaging my arm I had a very strange experience - I suddenly linked to time in one of my first jobs as a journalist when I was treated badly by my boss. I had long forgotten about this encounter but I suddenly became overwhelmed by anger. The feelings did not last for long, before I was transported back to bliss and relaxation by Hartmut's skilled hands.

After the massage, Hartmut and I spoke and he told me of the tension in my arms and also in my head and I told him about the feelings I had about my ex employer and we went through some of the psychological impacts of this emotional scar. We also discussed other areas of tension and he told me what he felt this related to in light of what we had discussed in the psychological session prior to the massage. Biodynamic Body Psychotherapy is certainly an interesting approach to therapy which involves the body as much as the mind and I think that people who have a hard time opening up may find this method allows them to be much more open to psychological aspects of the treatment.