What is biodynamic body therapy?
Biodynamic body therapy is about welcoming the many aspects of a person's life experience, which make up a whole human, their body-mind-essence; it's about healing through the life force, through relationship with the therapist, embodiment, organic movement and attuned touch. Process-oriented and client-led, each session unfolds to meet each individual and their needs in reconnecting firstly to their physiological regulation, then to their independent wellbeing, and their capacity to choose how to be in and part of the world.
This holistic therapeutic approach impacts all aspects of being - physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. It was developed in the 1960's by Gerda Boyesen, a clinical psychologist and physiotherapist, interested in the effects of massage on people's mental health.
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; no oil is used. The biodynamic approach treats each unique person with all their many layers, rather than as a body or a part thereof.
Another unique aspect of biodynamic work is the stethoscope which tunes into 'psychoperistalsis' during a biodynamic treatment. Through her extensive clinical practice, Boyesen identified that, as the gut digests food, so too it digests accumulated stress, toxins and unprocessed emotions through its complex nervous system which communicates directly with the brain. A series of biodynamic therapy sessions might help the body by giving it the time it needs to complete previously unprocessed cycles, which can then be integrated on a cognitive level.
Nicola has a practice in Godalming, Surrey. She has been offering biodynamic body therapy online for the past year, which, perhaps surprisingly, can also be an effective support, and from the comfort of your home. She also offers sessions in nature.
Nicola is 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 her clients' commitment to deepening their understanding of, and relationship with themselves.
Prior to this work, she was a translator in the tourism industry in Botswana, she has taught French, yoga and English as a foreign language, and has level 3 Usui reiki.
Nicola is passionate about rekindling greater inter-dependent support for, and celebration of women in all their phases of life - puberty, young adulthood, childbirth, child rearing with work life, menopause, the 'elder' age and old age.
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; no oil is used. 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 learn and integrate 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.