Amy Barnes

I recently moved to East Sussex and I am delighted to be restarting my practice at Hamblys. I offer massage therapy for general wellbeing, addressing symptoms such as stress and anxiety, recovery from illnesses including cancer, and release of residual trauma held in the body. My core approach is Biodynamic Massage Therapy combined with ScarWork and energy work when needed. As a trained Biodynamic Massage Therapist, I take into account all aspects of what’s going on for someone in deciding an initial plan. Then, through listening deeply to what’s happening in the body’s tissue, fluid, muscle and structure, I fine-tune my touch in response. I tend not to use oils or creams and a stethoscope is used to listen to gut sounds for information and for feedback. 

Back in 2009 I was half-way to becoming a Gestalt Psychotherapist when I felt that some things could not be achieved through talk therapies alone, so I decided to become a hands-on therapist.  Each time I work with and through the body I am amazed at how responsive our bodies can be when the right support is given. Currently I work 1 day a week within an NHS setting in Oncology and Palliative Care. I am a member of ABMT, CNHC and BACP and abide by their codes of ethics. For more information please visit my website or give me a call on 07939 009239. I look forward to meeting you!

It is particularly suited for people who are looking for highly attuned massage therapist who can work responsively in the moment and can tailor their approach in specific ways to suit each person and their needs.

What is Biodynamic Massage Therapy?

Biodynamic massage therapy is a non-verbal, touch-based, holistic therapy. It is based on the belief that the ways in which we live our lives and how we respond to events – thoughts, feelings, interactions – often leave tracks, traces and residue stored in the body which show up as changes in fluid, muscle, tissue and structure. As we adapt to these changes, these changes in turn influence the way we live our lives. As a Biodynamic Massage Therapist, someone’ s physical symptoms are gateways for me and the client to better understand what is needed and how best to restore a sense of order, balance, harmony and flow in a way that affirms and honours the person and their body. 

Qualified biodynamic massage therapist can approach a presented condition in a variety of ways. The range of options are drawn from:

  1. massage-based methods
  2. functional ways of working with joints and structure
  3. simple re-affirming contact to promote a sense of safety and security
  4. methods intended to calm, deepen, lighten or strengthen
  5. ways to rebalance the distribution of energy
  6. working without touch at the level of the aura

Practically, there are three aspects of Biodynamic Massage delivery that are distinct:

  1. Oil is not used so there is direct contact between the therapist and client
  2. There is no requirement to undress
  3. A stethoscope placed on the belly to listen to gut rumblings called Psycho-Peristalsis are used by the therapist as each session progresses. 

As a therapeutic intervention, I recommend a minimum of 6 sessions. This is to give time for the relationship to develop and for us to be able to track how the body responds over time. 

Biodynamic Massage Therapy works well alongside other therapies and conventional medicine.