therapeutic bodywork

Working with the body, both through touch and by bringing awareness to sensations and other aspects of our experience, can have dramatic effects on our emotional state and the way we perceive and respond to the world.

My primary training is in biodynamic massage, in practice since 2003.

Biodynamic massage uses a wide variety of techniques - ranging from subtle energy methods to much deeper styles of bodywork - which are selected to suit the needs of the individual client on that particular day.

The touch aims both to restore balance and to help a client to develop the ability to maintain balance through the ups and downs of life.

Biodynamic massage originated within biodynamic psychotherapy and emphasises the mind-body connection: some talking is incorporated into sessions.

Most people find biodynamic massage extremely enjoyable and many of my clients have been returning to me for years.

I am also an Intermediate year student of Somatic Experiencing (SE), a body-based approach to healing trauma - and intend to complete the third/final/Advanced year of training during 2015.

SE has brought considerable refinement to my work: it has also been of enormous benefit to me personally. I am passionate about SE!

The two approaches are entirely complementary.

Whereas biodynamic massage has a focus on the completion of unresolved emotional cycles in the body (for example, unexpressed anger or grief), SE works with incomplete self-protective impulses and survival-related nervous system phases (orientation, fight, flight and freeze).

Sessions cost 40 per one hour session (concesssions available - I don't like turning people away because of financial difficulties). I am happy to offer a free initial consultation, usually of only 30 minutes, to discuss the possibility of us working together.

   

 

For more information about Biodynamic Massage, visit the Association of Biodynamic Massage Therapists (ABMT).

For more about Somatic Experiencing, visit the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI).

SE is also described in founder Dr Peter Levine's books Waking the Tiger and In an Unspoken Voice.

Below: my conservatory, which doubles as my waiting room!