Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
WHAT IS BIODYNAMIC CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY (BCST)?
“It is the first object of any physician to find health for the individual. Anybody can find disease”
- Andrew Still
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, yet powerful therapy that has its roots in the osteopathic work of Drs Andrew Still and William Sutherland in the late 1800s.
It can have a profound effect on our entire body, including the nervous, digestive, muscular and hormonal systems.
Emotionally it provides a safe space for many deep patterns to emerge and resolve.
A core principal of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is that health is always present in the body. Sometimes when the focus has been on illness, pain or pathology, it is possible to lose a connection with the underlying feelings of health, comfort and ease. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can help you reconnect to the health and vitality within.
YOU ARE IN SAFE HANDS
The touch is a particular type of touch. It is light and reverential. There is never any pressure, manipulation or force. The therapist is trained to create a calm, still and embodied presence. This type of touch and presence enables you to feel safe, supported and held. This sense of safety allows your brain to switch from flight or fight to rest and repair. It is in this state that healing and change can begin to take place.
"Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness"
-- Peter Levine
Experiences that are too overwhelming or traumatic to cope with can remain in your system, locking your body in a fight or flight state. The long term effects of this unresolved trauma can include feelings of dissociation, stress and hyper vigilance and can lead to illness and disease. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy works particularly well with trauma by gently facilitating your body and brain to resolve held experiences without the need to revisit the original traumatic incident.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN A SESSION
The therapist will first have a brief discussion with you about your health history and current concerns. You will then lay fully clothed on a treatment table.
The therapist will make contact with your body, and may stay in each hand hold position for sometime.
The touch in BCST is gentle and reverential. Often your awareness of the body sensations may amplify with this therapeutic touch. You are more able to notice the tensions and restrictions deeply held in the subconscious mind. When the brain becomes conscious of them, it can then create changes. People report noticing feelings of release, small movements and adjustments, as well as temperature changes and a deep sense of relaxation.
WHO CAN BENEFIT
The therapy is gentle, which allows it to be used during pregnancy, after childbirth, with newborns, young children, adults and elderly.
People seek treatment for an extensive range of symptoms and conditions. Others are interested in improving general physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Some of the conditions that may benefit from Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy:
Stress related conditions
Muscular tension, such as back/neck pain and headaches