— Think Through the Body - Roz Carroll
In 1969, Boyesen set up the Gerda Boyesen Training School at Acacia House in Acton Park. It is both a psychological and energetic therapy which is concerned with the integration of all aspects of an individual. This includes the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of existence. A key concept in biodynamic massage is the belief in a universal life force that connects all of us.
Biodynamic massage is used on its own, as part of body psychotherapy or to support psychotherapy of a different modality. The touch does not attempt to cure but rather bring the client into relationship with her body.
Biodynamic massage techniques
According to Biodynamic massage, the digestive tract has a dual function; to digest physical nourishment, but also the emotional digestion of stressful situations. Once away from the stressful situation the experience can be digested in our guts when rest is possible. Biodynamic therapists use a stethoscope during the massage to listen to the peristalsis and use it as feedback to guide the massage.
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