Biodynamic Therapies


Biodynamic Therapies is the name given to the much loved range of theraputic and relaxing specialised methods developed by Gerda Boyesen. Her unique insight (which she called the ‘great secret’ of vegetative release) is that we can dissolve the impact of stress and nervousness, and resolve any emotional conflicts that may be related, often without psychotherapy or psychoanalysis. Below is a brief explaination of the Biodynamic Therapies we offer at Sligo Wellness Centre.


The term biodynamic refers to our life force that moves us and brings us to life – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The founder of this work was Gerda Boyesen. She was a Clinical Psychologist who established and developed the body of knowledge known as Biodynamic Psychology and Psychotherapy over 50 years ago.

Biodynamic Massage works with the energy or life force of the body which has its own ability to heal. Headaches, back pain, anxiety, insomnia, tension, stress, and many other symptoms can be helped with regular massage, as trapped energy and toxic waste is released from the body.

Gerda Boyesen developed the theory that the gut has a dual function, to digest food and also emotional content. She came to the conclusion that certain massage techniques could bring to completion the expression of unwanted feelings, and this release of emotional charge would entail similar noises from the gut as during digestion of food. Boyesen called these noises psychoperistalsis.


Biodynamic Massage is also used in conjunction with counselling and psychotherapy. The principle of Biodynamic Psychotherapy is that mind and body function together in an emotional process, and that traumatic experiences can build up chronic physical and psychological blocks.

This holding often manifests as tight or slack muscles, aches and pains, a general lack of energy and enthusiasm for life or unhealthy behaviour patterns. By working with the chronic blocks, body work with counselling or psychotherapy can help us to release and deal with suppressed feelings, leaving us freer to enjoy life more fully.

Provider: Jay Kelly