Manual Therapies and Bodywork

Biodynamic Therapist: Laura Irvine BA, FIOBM

Laura is a Licensed Biodynamic Psychotherapist and Biodynamic Massage Therapist.

Laura Irvine Jan 2017She is a Fellow of the Institute of Biodynamic Medicine, (IOBM); and has been practising in the biodynamic field for over 20 years. Laura’s practice at The Harbourside Practice is Registered as a Biodynamic Clinic, and she benefits from the ongoing support and supervision of the IOBM –
Laura trained and qualified with IOBM under the supervision and direction of Founder and Principal Mary Molloy. She has a degree in Psychology from Balliol College, Oxford University and has also worked in the media, research, community development and mental health fields.

I am privileged to work in the field of Biodynamic Psychology which is designed to bring us back to our most essential feelings, supporting us to face our difficulties and to reconnect with our selves.

I am resolute that you find what is best for you in your life, and I aim to meet you in a real place where you can be fully yourself.

The biodynamic approach supports you to remember and re-connect with your essential flow, to consciously value the self you come to know here, to rediscover or find new ways to remain true to your self and to connect back to the world from there.

Biodynamic Psychology

Biodynamic Psychology and its related therapies were established over 50 years ago by Clinical Psychologist, Gerda Boyesen (1922-2005) and have been developed since 1989 by the Institute of Biodynamic Medicine.

A distinguishing aspect of Gerda Boyesen’s work was the discovery that the brain-gut axis is the regulator of nervousness and energy in the body; and that our innate human survival responses – the ‘fight and flight’ and ‘freeze’ mechanisms – if not deactivated after an event that is perceived as dangerous – can remain permanently active (or inactive) and adversely affect our emotional and physical wellbeing.

By adding bodywork and gentle, effective and targeted biodynamic massage to the talking therapies and more traditional psychotherapy and psychology, this holistic healing approach can not only ease your mind and clear your head (via the glymphatic system) – it also works to relieve muscular and nervous tension and eliminate biochemical stress products stored in your body.

Guided by your deepest bio-feedback responses, which the therapist tunes into by awareness of your breathing and by listening to your abdominal sounds through a loudspeaker stethoscope placed on your abdomen during treatment, we work systematically to restore the workings of this innate healing mechanism in the body.

“There is an innate healing mechanism in the body which dissolves nervous tension in the muscles and resolves emotional and psychological conflict on the unconscious and organic level.” Gerda Boyesen

The range of biodynamic therapies are designed to ‘find the key’ to reset the function of our ‘innate healing mechanism’ and to restore a person to their natural, exuberant, spontaneous self.

This restoration process reconnects you to what is known in Biodynamic Psychology as the ‘Primary Personality’ – your vibrant core self, ready, willing and able to meet life’s challenges – and clears the pathways to enable you to reach your potential and live a more authentic and fulfilling life.

Once our survival instincts are re-engaged, a natural progression of healing and wellbeing can unfold. An initial treatment option of 6 to 10 sessions (or hours) can support this process and determine if you would like to work in a longer term biodynamic contract.

Services at The Harbourside Practice

  • Consultation and first treatment – allow 2 hours (1.5 hours fee)
  • On-going Regular Sessions – 2 hours, scheduled fortnightly.

Other Services – available by arrangement

  • Day Programme – 5 hours (2 x 2.5 hours am and pm plus lunch 1 hour) in one day
  • Biodynamic Residential Retreat Programme – A series of 6, 10 or 20 hour sessions over a concentrated period of 2-5 days, in a specially chosen residential venue – a substantial programme with space and time to really benefit.

Fees: Hourly and pro rata, based on IOBM guidelines, agreed between us.

  • Fees at different locations can vary
  • Residential Programmes priced individually to suit your needs
  • Concessions and Gift Vouchers are available

Contact: For further information or to book a session with Laura:

Mobile: +44 (0) 7973 169237






Holistic massage, Indian Head Massage and Reiki – Caroline Girgensons

Holistic Massage Therapy, Indian Head Massage, Reiki: Caroline Girgensons -B.Ed.(Hons)MTIHolistic Massage Therapy, Indian Head Massage, Reiki: Caroline Girgensons -B.Ed.(Hons)MTI

Experience the magic of massage……

What is holistic massage therapy?
As a holistic therapist I treat clients as individuals and tailor the treatment to meet their specific needs. Holistic massage is the therapeutic and sensitive use of touch, adapted to a client’s unique physical and emotional requirements, in order to promote positive change. Massage is suitable for everyone. It can encourage deep relaxation thereby enabling the body to release stress, tension and anxiety; furthering your own healing potential. Regular holistic massage can help you relax, rejuvenate and feel revitalised by releasing emotional and physical tension and promoting general well-being. It can bring you back in touch with yourself.

  • Regular massage has many benefits and can help to:
  • Relieve muscular aches & strains
  • Ease & reduce chronic pain and tension
  • Improve muscle tone & joint flexibility
  • Release endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller
  • Reduce headaches & migraine
  • Promote better sleep
  • Improve circulation
  • Promote positive health during pregnancy
  • Reduce mental stress and anxiety
  • Revitalise your spirit and energise your body
  • Encourage healing – post injury & illness
  • Aid & relax breathing
  • Balance the body’s systems to promote well-being
  • Relax mind, body and spirit


A Massage Treatment:
Your massage session will always begin and end with a conversation – to establish and agree the most appropriate massage for you. I have an intuitive approach and work sensitively with clients. Massage work can be light and gentle, an acknowledgement of the body, or you may prefer a firmer touch, working deeper into the muscles. Specific problems can be addressed with a range of massage techniques, also joint mobilisation, trigger points and breathing, stretching, rocking or holding and energy holds. We will work together to encourage healing and relaxation, to restore and balance you. A holistic massage provides a quiet time and space for you to relax away from your everyday activities and pressures. We can manage our demanding lives if we look after ourselves at the same time.

How often have you said? “I need a massage!”

Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage takes place as a seated massage treatment. I use a range of different techniques in a flowing sequence of massage movements over the upper back, shoulders, neck and scalp areas. In addition, I will also gently stimulate and stroke pressure points on the face. The session will usually last about 30 minutes. It can be a very powerful experience.

Indian head massage is an excellent treatment for those of us who have little spare time. It is especially good for office and computer workers who build tension patterns in the upper back, neck and shoulders, through postural habits. Indian Head massage can relieve, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis. It is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension. Clients report that the experience is deeply calming and relaxing; leaving them feeling energised and revitalised, and better able to concentrate.

Reiki is a holistic treatment simultaneously healing on a physical, mental and emotional level.

Clients come to Reiki for a wide range of reasons such as seeking relief from physical pain, emotional clearing and achieving greater mental clarity. It can be used to treat any ailment or disease. Reiki is also excellent at relieving stress and its associated symptoms, as well as boosting the immune system and reviving energy levels. Reiki can benefit everyone. It is kind to your body, is safe and gentle.

The energy of your body and that of the practitioner work together to bring you back to health and balance. Recognising the link between mind and body, Reiki works holistically, ensuring your emotions support your body’s move to wellness. As a result, Reiki can begin to assist you in other areas of your life, as you find balance in body, mind and spirit. Relaxation is an integral part of the treatment; as such it is an excellent way of reducing stress and can therefore be as appropriate in the prevention of illness and maintenance of good health, as it can in the healing of specific condition. Some common benefits are: Reduction of physical pain, deep relaxation during the session, which is retained; improved sleep patterns, mental clarity, increased wellbeing; feelings of calmness. Reiki and massage are a wonderful combination and can be combined as a treatment.

About myself
I trained with the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork (BCMB). I have Diplomas in both Holistic Massage Therapy and Indian Head Massage. I am a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). I undertake regular professional development on an on-going basis choosing courses prompted and supported by my work with regular clients and those suggested by my own needs and interests. I am currently pursuing these interests through courses in Pregnancy Massage and further Reiki training.

I participate regularly as a volunteer massage therapist with The Rainbow Trust. The Children’s Charity provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

As a registered CHNC and MTI practitioner, I have public and professional liability insurance with Balens. I gained my teaching degree in Bristol in1987.


  • Level 4 Dip Holistic Massage and Bodywork – MTI
  • Level 3 Dip Indian Head Massage – MTI
  • Reiki 3
  • BEd (Hons) Qualified Primary School Teacher
  • Member of CNHC – Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
  • Member of MTI – Massage Training Institute


  • Holistic massage:
    • 1hour: £45 (A first appointment includes free 15 minute consultation, so allow longer ).
    • Half hour: £28;
  • Indian Head Massage: £28;
  • Reiki: £45
  • Massage with Reiki combined: from £50

I offer advance block booking discounts and concessions for pregnant clients.

Gift vouchers are also available.

I also practice at:

To make an appointment please me directly:


giving yourself “space to be” ….Massage Training Institute Complimentary & NAtural Healthcare Council