BIODYNAMIC MASSAGE TRAINING COURSES
WHO ARE THE COURSES FOR?
The Biodynamic Massage training programme is for those in the caring professions (teachers, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, O.T.s, counsellors). We also accept applications from those working in other fields wanting to pursue an interest in massage and with a career change in mind. Courses are taught in Cambridge on a series of weekends. Those successfully completing the training work privately, within complementary health centres, the NHS and the voluntary sector.
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Biodynamic massage is a form of psychotherapeutic massage concerned with the integration of all aspects of an individual - physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual within the context of an individual's life and relationships at home, at work and at leisure. It is a holistic form of massage. It is derived from methods used in Norwegian physiotherapy and was developed and brought to the U.K. by Gerda Boyesen, psychologist, physiotherapist and analyst.
Biodynamic massage sees individuals as energetic beings and health is apparent when there is a free flow of energy in the person. Given conducive circumstances individuals have the capacity to self regulate and look after their own well being. Illness is seen as being out of harmony with oneself and surroundings. Past and present may have a contribution to any symptom. Rather than trying to cure an illness, the aim of a biodynamic massage therapist would be to understand with the client the psychological meaning and message of an illness, and in this process symptom relief may come about through creating a new balance within oneself and life generally. Being in the company of someone may give the individual a "pain in the neck" and there would be exploration of how that comes about and perhaps an understanding of how to be different in that relationship.
Biodynamic massage has a large repertoire of techniques to suit individual needs. Each client receives an individually tailored massage session, but no two sessions will be exactly the same for an individual. The basic premise is to communicate and contact the client through touch the client. It is a way of relating, which transcends the actual method being used. Through this relationship, the client is able to relate to his or her own inner (bio)dynamic for self healing. Some of the therapeutic hopes in biodynamic massage are the rebalancing of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system; relaxation; vitalisation; pain relief; relief of internal emotional pressure; release of muscular tension; toning of undertoned muscle; increased body awareness; release of toxins; discovery of a more "natural" breathing pattern. Biodynamic massage is suitable for those with psycho-physiological or stress related symptoms such as headaches, aches and pains, anxiety, insomnia, depression, arthritis, M.E., etc.; for those who feel "under the weather" or that something is not quite right, but where there is an absence of diagnosable disease; and for those wanting to embark on a process of self discovery through a body approach.
Biodynamic massage can be practised as a complementary therapy, or by a fully trained body psychotherapist, it can be a method to access personal awareness.
CBPC has developed its own particular style of teaching and practising Biodynamic massage. Our students come from all over the U.K. and we have developed a sense of community among the student body, which is supportive both as a student and practitioner of Biodynamic massage. Our trainers have worked within the NHS and are able to help students to adapt Biodynamic massage for institutional settings. We also have a high success rate in terms of helping qualified practitioners to set up their Biodynamic massage practice. Our style of biodynamic massage has emphasised the exploratory and transformative energy aspects of the work. From the outside this can look like not much is happening, but the principle of "less is more" is a strong guiding principle and much can be happening "underground" in stillness.
Articles about Biodynamic Massage can be found on this website and in the Journal of Biodynamic Massage.
(CERTIFICATE LEVEL TRAINING)
The Certificate in Biodynamic Massage is awarded to those successfully completing two modules: Foundation Biodynamic Massage and Holistic Anatomy and Physiology. It is possible to complete these courses in one academic year. It is also possible to spread the modules out over two academic years.
A series of 9 weekends (117 hours) for those who have completed the Introduction to Biodynamic Massage or equivalent to learn more of the methods of Biodynamic massage.
For the Foundation Course students are asked to do 2-4 hours additional study and practice between training events (approximately 32 hours overall). The course is process and student centred and so the syllabus sequence may be altered accordingly.
This is a course of 8 weekend days spread over the academic year. It may be taken as a separate module. The course combines the principles of a clinical approach with an understanding of the emotional function of the body. In addition to the bio-physiological function, the physical body is viewed as the the manifestation of an individual's life story. Reich's principle of "psychosomatic unity" is taken to apply to all levels of the physical body from the whole person down to the cellular level. This concept is examined and discussed throughout the course and studied concurrently with clinical anatomy and physiology. The major pathologies of the body are examined in a similar light.
Each system of the body is is examined considering anatomy, physiology, emotional function, pathology, conventional and complimentary treatments. Recent developments in neuroscience will also be looked at.
Trainers are drawn from the training staff of Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre and are practising UKCP registered body psychotherapists. Each training intake has a principal trainer.
The Association of Biodynamic Massage Therapists (ABMT) is the professional association for Biodynamic Massage in the UK. It accepts as members those qualifying in Biodynamic massage with CBPC. SeeABMT The ABMT represents practitioners nationally and within organisations regulating massage. The training has been informally recognized by health authorities sponsoring their employees for professional development.
FOUNDATION BIODYNAMIC MASSAGE
2017: September 9/10; October 7/8; November 11/12; December 9/10;
2018: January 13/14; February 10/11; March 10/11; April 7/8; May 19/20
TIME: 10.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
COST: £1755.00 payable as a deposit of £195.00 and 8 monthly payments of £195.00.
EMOTIONAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
2017: September 23;October 21; November 25/26; December - reading month;
2018: January 27; February 24; March 24; April 21
TIME: 10.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
COST: £810.00 payable as a deposit of £90.00 and 8 monthly payments of £90.00.
BOOKING AND FURTHER INFORMATION
Applications are accepted from November onwards for training in the following autumn. Applicants are invited for an interview and places are filled according to the candidate's suitability as they are received. Please request a brochure and application form. You can also download the form Application Form for Biodynamic Massage Training:
Phone: (01223) 214658