What is body therapy?
Body therapy can take many forms, but overall it is a holistic approach to the human being focusing on the connection between body and mind. I am a Totum Body Therapist, and Totum Body Therapy looks at body and mind as a unity, and how our mental state is reflected in our body and vice versa. As an example, if you have experienced being stressed, you probably felt it physically as shallow breathing, stomach pain, or tensions in your neck and shoulders. This is the body reacting to your mental state and trying to alarm you that something is not right, and you should stop and listen to these signals.
Physical pain can be unreleased feelings and emotions
The experiences and feelings you have through your life can settle in the body and create tensions or pain if they are not dealt with and released. Be it stress, anxiety, sorrow, worries, lack of confidence, a traumatic experience or feelings you have not been able to express. As a body therapist I work with the tensions and pain through both physical treatment and therapeutic conversation. Through the treatment you become more aware of the connection between your body and mind, and how physical release of tensions and pain can also release suppressed feelings and give insight about yourself.
Defense patterns or simply reaction patterns
The body remembers unpleasant experiences we have been through, and this will influence the way we act, because on a conscious or unconscious level, we want to avoid these situations again. This can influence the way we are with other people, the way we make our close relations to those we care about, and the way we react when we are under pressure or hurt. These defense patterns or reaction patterns can be more or less beneficial, and even limit the way we live our lives. Body therapy is an effective and self-loving way of becoming more aware of the reaction patterns that are limiting and holding you back from living your life the way you want.
A treatment takes 60 minutes. We will start with a short conversation, where I’ll ask about you, your situation and the things that are most present in your life right now. My point of departure for this conversation is to get an idea of how I can help and guide you in the best way through the treatment.
For the remaining time you will receive the treatment on the massage table. A treatment can take many forms, it can be gentle and calm or energetic and confronting, and often it can be both one and the other. No matter what approach I choose in the treatment it is always with great empathy and respect for you. My most important job as a body therapist is to make you feel safe and calm.
The actual treatment consists of in-depth massage, acupressure, pulsating movements, stretches and focus on your breathing. You will be lying on a massage table in your underwear and covered by a blanket, while I treat you.