Biodynamic Massage in Practice
Unlike other more traditional forms of massage the biodynamic massage therapist does not use any oil. The contact is skin to skin, through clothing or other covering and generally the strokes move down the body and from core to periphery instead of with the venous return to the heart.
Resistance Work - Used to encourage strength in muscle. It helps clients contain charge by developing personal boundaries and heightens body awareness.
Energy Distribution - As the name implies, encourages the flow of energy down the body and out from the deeper levels.
Aura (human energy field) Work - used in biodynamic work when it is not possible to physically touch the client. It can be helpful with those who are terminally ill or frail and guide clients towards contacting the more spiritual side of their nature.
Polarisation - biodynamic massage sessions are often concluded by holding or polarisation with the client lying on their left side.
There are several forms of biodynamic massage each with their own set of movements and intentions.
Basic Touch - Sometimes referred to as ‘diagnostic touch’ can be applied at skin, connective tissue or muscular level as a way to get to know the client through touch.
Emptying - used with tissue when full of stagnant fluid or energy.
Packing - for those who are feeling fragile or fragmented, Packing can help contain and develop internal resources by creating a sense of boundary through knowing where the physical body begins and ends.
Connective Tissue Massage - takes advantage of the tissues unique ‘thixotropic’ properties. As a result of the movement and heat generated by the massage the tissue softens and become more fluid filled. With this ripening, the energy of the life force can flow more freely through the whole organism.
Deep Draining - used when a stronger touch is needed to address muscular tension or ‘armouring’. Used with more 'over bound' clients, it invites muscles to soften and relax, liberating the energy held within. This, as with other forms, can help the client come more into contact with feelings and memories but also with their inherent strength.
Hypotonus Massage - for under toned muscle. The therapist holds and stretches the muscle on the in breath inviting more aliveness and tone into the tissue.
Lifting - Used to move and stretch the tendons of muscles where they insert into joints, to release and encourage the discharge of remnants of the startle reflex and to help the client expand.