Body-based Therapy Nederlands


(All sessions are offered in English or in Dutch)

In body-based therapy, we use the body as the entry point to target and release physical, emotional and mental stress that is stored in the body. The approach is similar to that of Haptonomy or Biodynamics.

Having given massage therapy since 1997, I have noticed how the symptom I removed one week through intensive massage reappeared sometimes within days or even hours and was just as bad a week later when my client returned.

This led me to conclude that a purely physical approach to treating physical symptoms is often not enough to achieve a lasting result.

This body-based therapy is instead an integrated approach, where attention is given to the link between physical stress and the emotional or mental issues that may be causing this stress and maintaining it in the body.

As a client you lie on the table and, through breathing and awareness exercises, you locate the tension, blocks or stress in your own body. While I make contact with that part of your body or massage it, I will ask you to focus completely on this area and let it communicate with you. Often insights will pop into your mind.

You will become aware of the relationship between the physical symptom and what is going on in the rest of your life.

By learning to truly listen to your body while breathing into the pain or discomfort, you will often feel a shift occur.

It is not uncommon for trapped emotions to be released during a session, or for you to sense your deeper needs and see how you might have been ignoring them.

Your body-awareness becomes more refined and you may notice very subtle signs that you are going out of balance, so you can intervene before symptoms develop in the future.

The link between body and mind becomes clear to you as you literally feel the effects of mental stress in your body and also feel how the symptom dissolves when the underlying theme is acknowledged and ‘heard’.

I always end this session with a deep, relaxing massage which has a restorative effect on the muscles and tissue, as well as deepening the process of stress release in all our systems.

The first session usually takes 90 minutes, subsequent sesions are more often an hour or an hour and 15 minutes, depending on your needs and wishes.

Deep Tissue/Swedish Massage

deep tissue massage

Although I completed a four-year course that taught me many different massage techniques, I have found, over the years, that the most effective is Swedish/Deep Tissue and a blend of these massages is what I usually give to my clients for the best health benefits.

Swedish Massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology rather than the Eastern focus on energy work.

Swedish Massage is always performed with massage oil and various strokes are employed to warm up and work the muscles, tissues and ligaments. The techniques I use release tension and break up muscle adhesion.

The massage can be slow and gentle or vigorous and intensive, depending on my client's needs. Swedish Massage calms the nervous system and promotes a sense of deep relaxation and well-being. The lymphatic system is stimulated which removes waste products from the body. Swedish Massage also helps in pain management for people suffering from arthritis or rheumatism, sciatica or muscle spasms.

Deep Tissue is based on Swedish Massage but the movements are slower and the pressure deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. Deep Tissue works to realign deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue.

With chronic muscle tension there are usually adhesions (band of painful and rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons and ligaments. These adhesions can block circulation and limit movement, causing pain and inflammation. Deep Tissue works by breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore movement and circulation. Massage also has a wonderfully restorative effect on the mind.

Massages at Healthy Choices last 60 or 90 minutes, depending on the needs of the client and cost €60 an hour.

Foot Reflexology

foot reflexology

Foot Reflexology is an Eastern form of massage that works according to the same principles as acupuncture.

By massaging pressure points on the feet, the meridian lines throughout the whole body are stimulated and many clients feel as if their whole body has been treated via the feet. Foot reflexology stimulates the organs which cannot be directly massaged and improves circulation.

Research using EEG to study brain activity, has shown that foot reflexology is very effective in reducing pain and stress as well as promoting deep relaxation.

I start the session with a warming up massage using oil. Then the oil is removed and I perform the pressure point massage.

There are often sensitive points on the feet and, by applying pressure to these points, the tension is usually released.

Foot reflexology is really something to experience to find out if it is for you. Some of my clients love it and come only for this treatment, other clients prefer a full body massage.

A foot reflexology session lasts 45 minutes and I usually combine it with a head massage lasting 15 minutes.

However, it is of course possible book a 45 minute session for €45.