Advanced Biodynamic Massage
Recognizing motives, relinquishing volition, finding freedom.
Prerequisites: Open to all licensed health-care providers. After completing Intermediate Biodynamic Massage (BIODM 2) and Biodynamic Unwinding (Unwind 1), receive 24 biodynamic massage treatments (12 from lineage-endorsed bodyworkers) and give 24 90-minute biodynamic massage treatments. Hand in your practice log documenting giving/receiving times.
30 CEUs | maximum 12 students
The advanced practice of biodynamic massage asks the practitioner to build a bridge between themselves and the client’s quietude process. To acknowledge and examine one’s motives, diminishing their influence in the treatment process. To reduce their own internal noise, so that their awareness expands, sensing more subtle interactions which deliver a felt sense knowing of being connected to, and moving congruently with, quietude.
In advanced biodynamic massage we explore how the entire treatment can be directed by quietude, with touch unburdened by intent, resistance, or exaggeration. There is awareness perceiving sensation, and letting go into the movements orchestrated by the sensations. No thinking, no remembering, no planning. Fully present touch and observation without motive.
- heart-hand-hub connection – form a circuit that links the healing event unfolding within the client to the practitioner’s heart, and then back to the client. put the heart back into healing, giving clients a profound sense of being acknowledged, heard and accepted during massage
- pressure refinement – expand your relationship to biodynamic field elements that provide guiding information about adjusting pressure during massage
- motive identification – we study how motives relate to concentration, personal beliefs, ego concerns and client outcomes. how to identify motives when they present and how to work with them in the moment as well as outside the office
- biodynamic nesting – feel how the interplay between pineal palpation, vectoring and hub swaddling can direct your support to facilitate phase changes during massage
- post phase change treatment – learn to palpate the upper ends of the quietude spectrum, letting the massage be guided by quietude reservoirs and transits
- boundaries clarification – practice communicating and sustaining clear boundaries within a unified biodynamic field. garner informed consent for all parties to empower safety and trust
- decision free work – when connected biodynamically, the practitioner is animated by quietude, allowing them to feel and follow. set aside your volition and feel the ease, freedom and rejuvenation that yields better results for clients
What was the most significant moment for you personally or professionally during this workshop?
“When asked ‘what is preventing me from trusting/allowing myself to be moved through space by the hub’ – that touched me and opened my heart. It gave me freedom and relaxation. It felt so easy at that moment.”
“The ease that results from loosening concentration and any need to do anything. What it really feels like to let go.”
“Learning how to let go of habitual massage strokes and be led in the moment.”
“Sensing the moments when I can feel myself being moved on a physical level.”
“How you worked with me with kindness and care in sharing my keen interest in recognizing and practicing quietude-directed-massage and how to be with those movements physically, energetically and with my central channel.”
“Seeing all the participants’ shifts inside…so much in just 6 weeks.”
“The presentation on motives, the assignment regarding motives and your feedback to my motives worksheet. This is a pivotal area and receiving, inquiry and support around this has proved to be very nourishing.”
“When I had no therapeutic goal and the distinction between client and practitioner evaporated. Really seeing for the first time all the unconscious barriers that prevent this from occurring – and a deeper understanding of my own heart.”
How is your practice of biodynamic massage different now, compared to before the workshop?
“I feel like I have a better understanding and felt sense for actually following and being directed by the client’s quietude than ever before.”
“More freedom, ease, and full participation.”
“I feel I’m more in my heart. I can feel the difference between not palpating in my heart center and palpating from there.”
“I feel like I can follow my glandular palpation more than before, and able to be guided more by the hub, which is amazing.”
“Attachment and conditioned ‘self’ habit is softer, so ability to ‘be’ in the space now is greater.”
“More merged in the earth, with the trees, in the Big ‘just being’ makes for greater reminder for love, and more fearless moments.”
What made the biggest difference in how you connect with the client?
“being *with* the client much more profoundly, as in moving toward ‘no other’ ”
“the hands-on adjustments to show me where I’m holding as well as how I can be more in sync with movements within the hub.”
“the last day of dynamic mudra practice.”
“the heart-hand-hub relationship”
“motives exploration, pineal presence at the hub’s pith, hub swaddling”
“heart-hand-hub, motives exploration, pineal presence at pith of hub, clarifying boundaries, dual vectoring, quietude transits”
“dynamic mudra, heart hand hub, motives exploration, clarifying boundaries, hub swaddling, inner-body configurations”
“dynamic mudra, heart-hand-hub, dual vectoring, hub swaddling”
Any other feedback you’d like to share?
“I appreciate the risk you are willing to take to be vulnerable/open to learning with us at pivotal times.”
“Thank you for creating and hosting a safe space for us to explore this together. It is invaluable for exploring the fears that hold us back.”
“I loved the candid and honest talk about boundaries and informed consent.”
“These gatherings and teachings have been such a terrific contribution to the way I relate to others and life in general.”
“The teachings, holding boundaries, the handout writing all shows outstanding commitment to teaching this work.”
“Thank you for the jaw-dropping clarity of communication in the handout.”