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Craniosacral Therapy

Health is ever-present… it is the ability to adapt to change.

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So what is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?

Biodynamic simply means following the client’s inherent body intelligence.  Cranio = bones of the skull, sacral = bones of the sacrum (tailbone).  So, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is:

 

A top-to-toe therapy

Subtle, yet effective

Attentive, yet safe

Considerate, yet deferential of the level that the client’s system can work

Client-led … Always

Throughout life there may be times of trauma, stress, illness or development disorders which may impact on us in a variety of ways.  Our bodies usually deal with life’s little knocks but sometimes may reflect the patterns of the difficult times – physically (e.g. chronic shoulder or neck pain, migraine, digestive issues, sleep problems, locked back etc.) and emotionally (e.g. anxiety, depression, panic attacks etc.).

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy builds on our physical and emotional resources to help bring us more easily back to a state of optimum health. The BCST therapist does this by connecting with the fluid nature of the whole body (we are over 60% water), the cerebrospinal fluid, the central nervous system, and the muscles and bone, to facilitate change.  The therapist can help enhance the overall well-being of your body, which in turn will support you through challenging times and/or they can target specific areas of need as and when your body shows its need.

What do therapists do?

Therapists are trained to connect with the body considerately and safely. We ‘listen’ with our hands to the rhythmic movements in the body. Where there is a restriction to the flow of movement, we support and facilitate change.  This change continues to integrate between sessions as the body accesses its ability to heal itself.  As we are client-led, there is no formulaic way of working.  We are guided by what the body tells us.  We do not impose movement or positions on the client.

What can you expect?

Most clients notice a sense of deep relaxation during sessions – a kind of sleep with awareness. During a course of sessions the work can respond to physical aches and pains, acute and chronic disease, emotional or psychological areas, or simply help to develop well-being, health and vitality.  All of these changes may subtly begin to influence daily life.

Changes may be instant, or may take time, as your body ‘unwinds’ the layers of conditions it has built up over a life time.  It is of utmost importance that the body is in a safe and supported state to allow for, and to maintain, change; so initial sessions can involve building up physical and emotional resources, if they are depleted.

Babies and children have fewer layers and whilst their issues are no less significant, it does mean that they can respond quickly to this therapy.

How did Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy evolve?

Craniosacral Therapy (aka Cranial Osteopathy) stems from the work of Dr. William Sutherland, an American osteopath in the early 1900s.  He discovered rhythmic movements of the bones of the head (the cranium).  Movements in the body are a direct expression of health.  When movement is restricted, so too is health.  The therapy is always being advanced and has been investigated by many leaders in the field of Craniosacral Therapy, such as Franklyn Sills, who has been influential in developing patient-led (aka Biodynamic) Craniosacral Therapy throughout the world.

There are many sources of detailed information for and against Craniosacral Therapy online. Google it. Read client descriptions. There will be sceptical views out there as well.  However, if you are interested, come and try it out. No one can explain the effects on one’s well-being as well as someone who has experienced this profound therapy for themselves.

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This video is a great simple explanation:

For more detailed descriptions, see:

The Craniosacral Therapy Association http://www.craniosacral.co.uk