The Biodynamic Approach

Gerda Boyesen stated that there are six main applications arising from the theories, concepts and principles of biodynamic psychology. These are

  • biodynamic psychotherapy
  • biodynamic massage
  • psychosomatic treatments
  • "deep-draining" (psycho-postural treatment)
  • vegetotherapy and bodywork
  • work with the bio-field (electro-magnetic field)

Gerda Boyesen was a discerning researcher and a prolific writer. She was interested without limit in all approaches that were consistent with easing pain and suffering, and supporting the life energy. As a consequence, she also modified and incorporated a broad range of ancient and modern philosophies, other methodologies and concepts and applied them in a biodynamic way.

In IoBM we proudly continue this tradition.

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Related approaches include Dr. Wilhelm Reich's work with orgonomy, character analysis and streamings. They also include work based on the core theories, concepts and principles of Dr. Sigmund Freud and Dr. Carl Jung including work with the unconscious, dreams, positive regression, guided fantasy, visualisation, image work and the imagination and synchronicity.

Other aspects of the biodynamic approach include eastern philosophy and medicine, bioenergetics, energy medicine, and current findings in the fields of medicine, science and neuro-science.

It is important to understand that, whatever the symptom or situation that brings a client to seek biodynamic help, we always treat the whole person, and not just the symptom. This means that, when we work for example with a frozen shoulder, as the melting happens, feelings of relief and often joy or sorrow can bubble to the surface. We work with whatever arises in each session and we take it as it comes, working towards a "happy ending" in each session.

As the beneficial effects of biodynamic therapy become established the client comes more in touch with their essential nature known in biodynamic psychology as the "primary personality".

Where once there were only symptoms, pain or contraction, isolation or fear, as the client's health is progressively restored, the skills used by the biodynamic therapist will adapt and change accordingly. The aim is to support the client to enter their biodynamic process and transformation entirely, and be fully supported in this.

As the client's creativity is restored, the content of sessions can change also. There may be drawing, painting, singing, writing, movement, expression, joy as the life energy, often still shy, becomes liberated.

In life, clients can develop a new and keen interest in nutrition, develop different communication skills, end dysfunctional relationships, establish or revive fulfilling relationship (s) and advance in or change directions in their career. They begin to experience synchronicity and esoteric aspects of life, and many develop an interest in natural remedies and the whole world of soul and spirit.

In IoBM, academic and philosophical rigour and openness to all knowledge consistent with biodynamic principles is a vital aspect of our ongoing work. It is essential to have respect for ancient and established knowledge, and to be open to the relief and hope of astounding new discoveries about life.

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Testimonials

"Mary is a master of maintaining connection between all participants willing to enter the flow."

Rev CH - Participant

"The CPD day was life enhancing. I had forgotten how 'special' these times of listening and sharing are. Safe, warm, secure, deeply moving, hilariously funny and life changing. The opportunity to learn what’s new, refresh what I already know and to hear about the developments of the work, serve to remind me of the importance of this field and body of work in the world."

BN IoBM Licensed Biodynamic Psychotherapist

"I benefit from biodynamic massage. I feel very relaxed and soothed afterwards and haven’t as much pain from arthritis in my joints. I am learning to cope with the challenges of old age. My husband and I have taken a couple of courses in massage at a Quaker meeting centre and when I worked in therapeutic care with the Red Cross. The body is designed to heal itself and biodynamic psychotherapy assists this process. The therapists I have met have all been very helpful and can be contacted by telephone. I can testify that this therapy improves the quality of my life, for which I am thankful."

SB and RB - Clients and 'Friends' of IoBM