Behind an anonymous dusty blue door in Borough High Street are to be found serviced offices and treatment rooms. Here Hartmut Wuebbeler has had a freelance practice offering biodynamic holistic massage and psychotherapy for the last 6 years.
Hartmut trained as a biologist in Germany and Finland but then left academia to retrain in complementary techniques, including holistic massage, aromatherapy etc, partly inspired by the work of Gerda Boyesen.
These techniques reflect the way that feelings and emotions are reflected in the functioning of the body. We don't talk about â€˜gut feelings' for nothing. The massage, is to help focus the person on the body, the quality of touch is to help the person reach a different level of awareness and to reconnect body and mind.
This physical touch may begin to stir up old emotions and here the psychotherapist's expertise can be brought in to help explore the underlying factors affecting response and action in various situations.
No oils are used in the massage which is relaxing and releasing. The technique also involves the use of a small microphone on the stomach to amplify the body sounds made by the digestive system as the body relaxes. You keep on your underwear and are covered with a blanket throughout.
As a course of treatment progresses different and deeper kinds of massage may be used in consultation with the client.
Hartmut has a sliding scale of charges from £45-70 per hour, depending on income and circumstances. He is also supervises students training with the London School of Biodynamic Psychotherapy in London Bridge who have lower charges. He recommends weekly sessions as being most beneficial, with a review after 5-6 weeks.
• See www.hartmutwuebbeler.com for more information.