Aadel Bülow-Hansen

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Aadel Bülow-Hansen (24 September 1906 – 18 November 2001) was a Norwegian physiotherapist. Together with psychiatrist Trygve Braatøy (1904-1953), she developed psychomotor physiotherapy using psychomotorics, which can be used for the treatment of neuromuscular stress conditions. [1][2][3]

Aadel Bülow-Hansen was born in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway. She went to primary school and middle school at Nissens Pigskole. She continused her education at Orthopedic and Medico-Mechanical Institute (Christiania Orthopediske and Medico Mekaniske Senter), which had been founded by her father, Victor Bülow-Hansen (1861–1938). [4]

She was employed by Sophie's Minde Clinic (now a subsidiary of Oslo University Hospital) from 1927 until 1945. During World War II, she worked together with neurologist Henrik Seyffarth, to find treatments for work-related stress. She came to understand that there might be a connection between muscle tension, respiration, and mental trauma. Bülow-Hansen had seen how important controlled respiration was to contributing to a healthy body and can also lead to control of the emotions. [5]

She was the first physiotherapist to be named to the First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, and in 2000, she was named as the physiotherapist of the century in Norway.[6]

One of her students was Gerda Boyesen, who later developed Biodynamic Psychology, a form of Body Psychotherapy.[7]


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  3. ^ "Psychomotor Physiotherapy". Encyclopedia of Pain. Encyclopedia of Pain. 2007. p. 2058. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_3644. ISBN 978-3-540-43957-8.
  4. ^ Øivind Larsen (2014-09-29). "Victor Bülow-Hansen". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Sophies Minde Ortopedi". Oslo universitetssykehus. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Eline Thornquist (2014-09-28). "Aadel Bülow-Hansen". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Gerda Boyesen". Gerda Boyesen International Institute. Retrieved May 1, 2017.