Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy is a gentle form of bodywork that has evolved from the practice of Osteopathy. It takes a whole-person approach to healing and works with the inter-connections of mind, body, and emotions, as well as the active force of your health to help process and release long held patterns of physical, psychological and emotional stress.
Craniosacral therapy does not involve applied force to correct irregularities in the body. Instead, light, sustained touch is used on areas of the skeletal system to identify and release tensions held within the connective tissue.
People often come for Craniosacral Therapy because they feel stressed, disconnected from their body, or in some kind of physical or emotional pain. Pain and illness develop when our forces of health become stuck or overwhelmed. This can be attributed to a multitude of factors: injury, emotional and physical stress, infection, and poor nutrition to name but a few. In order to improve the quality and flow of life, a craniosacral therapist holds specific areas of the body to support the body's natural healing response in order to restore balance within the body.
How does it work?
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy works by helping the body's natural healing mechanisms dissipate the effects of any stress on all our body systems: central nervous system, cardio-vascular, lymphatic, endocrine and all others. A physiological body system, the craniosacral system, extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth (which make up the cranium) down to the tailbone area (or sacrum). The role of this system is so vital in the maintainance of health that any imbalance or dysfunction in it can cause sensory, motor and/or neurological disabilities.
The craniosacral system expresses a rhythm that can be felt throughout the body by skilled practitioners using an extremely light touch, helping them pinpoint the source of a restriction or stress. Once the source determined, they can assist the natural movement of the fluid and related soft tissue to help the body self-correct. This simple action is often all it takes to remove a restriction and support profound healing.
Surrounding and stimulating important endocrine glands in the brain (pituitary and pineal), the craniosacral system and it's regulation also has a benificial impact on the regulation of our hormonal system, the chemical balance in our bodies, hence our moods. By encouraging the proper motion in all other body systems as well as flow of CSF (cerebro-spinal fluid), Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy has a tremendous impact on our ability to express an ultimum state of health.
Watch the video below to learn more about how it affects whole-body health.
What are the benefits?
Because of its influence on the functioning of the central nervous system, the benefits include improved functioning of many systems of the body, including the nervous system, the endocrine system, and the digestive system. This therapy can help relieve muscle tension and release pain. In particular, CST is beneficial to those with head, neck or back injuries resulting from an accident, be it from a car, sports or work mishap or from a fall. CST can also be effective in helping children suffering from attention deficit disorder, autism, and brain injuries.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy works to reverse the debilitating effects of stress by providing the conditions in which the nervous system can rest and rejuvenate. It can be used as a preventive measure. Balancing the rhythm of this system helps all the systems of the body, including the immune system, function more efficiently. Maintaining good health and fighting disease and pain depend on the vitality of your body's internal systems. Due to its gentleness and effectiveness, many people include CST as a component in their personal wellness program. They report having more energy, sleeping better and being sick less often.
Alleviate Anxiety and Depression
Biodynamic work has emotional benefits as well. It has been shown to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Recent work has provided relief of constricted areas along the membranes of the systems that hold emotional trauma. Victims of assault and other severe traumatic experiences treated with Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy have obtained relief through the release of muscle tension that encapsulates the emotions and memories in the tissue of the craniosacral system.
Why we work with the craniosacral system
Every cell in our body expresses motion. Cell movement is a highly complex and dynamic phenomenon essential to the function of health. Cells build tissues, tissues build structures (our organs, muscles and bones), and collectively these structures make up different systems of our body which all integrate to make us whole. The core structure of our body – the craniosacral system – comprised of our cranium, spine, pelvis and articulating membranes, nerve tissues, muscles and fluids; expresses motion as one functioning unit.
Embryologically this system developed from a single midline of cells, around which the rest of our form was created. It is at the very centre of our being. When the therapist is in contact with the craniosacral system, they are in direct relationship with the health of the whole person.
The therapist listens with their hands to the cranoisacral rhythms which are expresessed throughout the tissue and fluid fields of the body. These subtle motions are then harnessed to release patterns of stress and tension, thus promoting whole body integration.
What should you expect?
In your first session, a full case history will be taken followed by a treatment. Clients lie (or sometimes sit) on a treatment table fully clothed. I'll make contact by placing my hands lightly on your body, tuning into what is happening by listening with my hands to help the body release patterns of stress and tension, and re-organise at a subtle physiological level. We may dialogue about the sensations you are experiencing which can help the therapeutic process.
People experience different sensations during a treatment. Generally most people feel deeply relaxed, and become more aware of bodily sensations in response to the therapeutic process as it happens. The work does not finish once the session ends. The body continues to integrate the changes that occured during the treatment so it's important to be sensitive to your needs after the session. You may feel like you have bundles of energy, or you could feel extremely tired and simply need to rest. You are always welcome to contact me if you would like to discuss your experiences in between treatments.
Will it hurt?
Absolutely not. This work is gentle and soothing.