What is biodynamic body psychotherapy?
Humans are beautiful, complex beings, from before conception throughout the cycle of life. Individual experiences along the way can build up defences to one's natural energy flow in different layers of the body and mind, hampering a person's capacity to live, grow and thrive in the world: with oneself, with other people and with all living beings. Biodynamic psychotherapy, which affects physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of life, stems from the humanist approach and works with the healing life force. Sessions are co-creations between client and therapist. They are process-oriented and client-led, and unfold to meet individuals and their needs through talking, embodiment, organic movement and attuned touch.
Biodynamic psychotherapy might help ease physical symptoms such as aches and pains, undiagnosable symptoms, numbness and chronic pain, by approaching the symptom gently, giving it space to breathe and voice itself. With psychological dis-ease such as stress, depression, anxiety, overwhelm, therapist and client gently work together to explore its physical manifestation to help find ease. This form of therapy can also help a person navigate their way through a crisis, a junction in life, a yearning for an embodied way of life, or a deeper journey of self-exploration.
What sets this practice apart from other psychotherapeutic approaches is attuned touch. The touch is sensitive to physical and emotional states, it is trauma-sensitive, and can be experienced on skin or on clothes. The biodynamic approach treats each unique person with all their many layers, rather than as a body or a part thereof.
Nicola works from Tree Space, a quiet, safe haven in Hindhead, Surrey, and in East Finchley, London. She also offers sessions in nature and in South Africa where she travels to when she can.
Nicola is a trainee biodynamic psychotherapist (UKCP), a biodynamic massage therapist, full member of the Association of Biodynamic Therapists, currently in her fourth year studying a post graduate diploma in biodynamic body psychotherapy.
She was born and grew up in South Africa, has lived in different countries in Africa and Europe, speaks English and French, and embraces diversity. She honours the bravery of humans committed to deepening their understanding of, and relationship with themselves, and with others in our world.
Earlier in life she was a translator in the tourism industry in Botswana, she has taught French, yoga and English as a foreign language.
Biodynamic Massage Therapy
if you experience or are experiencing
Physical aches and pains
a junction in your life and are in need of support to navigate your way through it, biodynamic massage might help.
If you're seeking an embodied way of life, or are on a journey of self-exploration and discovery you wish to deepen?
Biodynamic massage might help you too. In each treatment, the therapist adapts the nature and intention of the touch to meet each client where they are in the moment and in the context of their history. The touch is sensitive to physical and emotional states, it is trauma-sensitive, and can be experienced on skin or on clothes. The biodynamic approach treats each unique person with all their many layers, rather than as a body or a part thereof. A series of at least 6 sessions is recommended as the body-mind needs time to feel into and respond to new ways.
What clients say
I went to Nicola feeling very stressed and anxious. Her calming influence helped me gradually relax. The gentle nature of the massage was great in letting me feel that I was supported and therefore able to let go of everything and totally relax.
After a series of sessions I now feel less anxious and able to relax more, my mind feels more free.