How Can Biodynamic Therapies Help?
In order to understand why biodynamic therapies can be so effective, it is important to explain (in a nutshell) what happens on a physiological level when one is faced with stress, trauma or emotional conflict. Our body and mind are linked through complex anatomical systems and as we already know, the brain-gut connection has been proven. There are several nervous systems in the body and the one relevant to this explanation in particular is the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), which is responsible for the involuntary functions of the human body.
Within the ANS there are two balancing systems:
Parasympathetic nervous system controls homeostasis and the body at rest, it is responsible for the body's "rest and digest" function.
Sympathetic nervous system controls the body's responses to a perceived threat and is responsible for the "fight or flight" response.
When we are faced with a stressful situation or threat (including intense emotions connected to a traumatic event), the brain sends a signal to the Sympathetic nervous system to prepare the body critical action. The brain initiates the release of certain chemicals throughout the body mobilising it for “fight, flight or freeze”. After the event, in normal circumstances, the body recovers when it understands the threat has passed, and all the systems of the body return to normal (Parasympathetic system has been engaged). Our survival mechanism naturally resumes the “off” position. If the Sympathetic nervous system doesn’t receive the signal (from the brain) that is it safe and the threat (stressful event) has passed, the body stays in a constant state of tension and anxiety. The survival mechanism is still switched “on”.
Our bodies are not designed to sustain this state and over time physiological symptoms and conditions (that don’t promote health and wellbeing) begin to develop. In addition, bio-chemical remnants from stress stay locked in the tissues and cells (trapped nervous energetic fluid) and create tension and dis-ease.
A trauma isn’t always a major event, it can compromise of several small independent or repetitive experiences that keep us locked in a constant state of stress. Unresolved past events can be triggered in the present day and re-engage the stress cycle over and over.
The aim of biodynamic therapeutic methods are to invite these feelings/symptoms in a safe environment, understand them, bring healing, resolution, integration and finally to implement new resources to allow a person to manage their wellbeing more positively. By engaging psycho-peristalsis through biodynamic massage techniques, the therapist can assist the client to “empty” the nervousness that has built up in the body and mind, restoring balance and equilibrium. The holistic approach of the biodynamic therapies and specific combination of mind and body work is what makes this biodynamic work so unique, as well as extremely effective.