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FAQs about Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

How might you benefit from Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?

Anyone, at any age, can benefit from craniosacral therapy (BCST) as it aids the nervous system and is known to be helpful in addressing past and present injuries to bone & tissue, including prenatal and birth trauma.  Life can create emotional and physical strains which can benefit from the strengthening approach of BCST.

The benefits may surprise you, such as resolution of symptoms that you had no idea were related. You may feel lighter, or more spacious and may notice ease in relationships and emotional boundaries.  Standing straighter, breathing eases, pains lessen and focus increases. You will likely feel relaxed and centred after your session.

What kind of symptoms respond best to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?

BCST may be helpful to address: cranial or spinal nerve impingement, left-right imbalances, confusion, compression or pressure, migraines, anxiety, depression, circulatory disorders, learning difficulties, neuro-endocrine problems, dental problems, and accidents and trauma of all kinds, including surgery.

What does a CST session involve?

Your reasons for coming are listened to carefully, your medical history is taken and then typically you relax quietly, either lying or seated as the practitioner uses a number of gentle hand contacts to different areas of your body.  Read more here

What might you experience during a session?

Relaxation and ease, temperature changes and tingling sensations. Feeling accepted. A sense of harmony, a letting go. Feeling balanced. Increased energy. Feeling fully alive. Seeing colours and patterns, remembering past events.  Getting in touch with emotions. A sense of Spirit.  Deepening self- and body- awareness.

How long is a session?                           

Craniosacral Therapy sessions usually last for 60 -75 minutes, though this can vary.  Contact is then made between sessions, to check on how you’re doing.

How many sessions are recommended?

To fully benefit from craniosacral therapy, you may need between three and ten sessions. Often, clients receive regular sessions for up to 6 weeks, followed by an occasional tune-up to maintain health, 3 or 4 times per year.  I offer a number of packages to keep costs to a minimum.

Is CST suitable for children?

Children respond well to non-invasive BCST. Even small children quickly develop trust in their practitioner. Pre-verbal children may actually direct the practitioner’s hands to areas of discomfort.

Much subtle work can be done by the practitioner during “playtime” in which the child is observed and assisted in completing unresolved challenges. Parents are often astounded at the way a crabby, hyperactive, or miserable child will fall into deep relaxation or sleep during treatment.

The challenge, of course, is the busy toddler who won’t lie still. Here the parent can help out by holding the child as the practitioner makes even brief contacts on the spine, head, and sacrum. A little goes a long way with a child, potentially preventing decades of medical and psychological treatment. In addition, resolution of misaligned forces makes you less accident-prone, because you are no longer “off-balance”.

Is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy safe during pregnancy?

BCST is not only safe but recommended before and during pregnancy, as it calms the nervous system of both mother and child.  It strengthens emotional bonding which can otherwise be affected by pre-natal and birth stresses and trauma.

Can I use CST with other complementary therapies and approaches to health?

Craniosacral Therapy works well on its own, as well as alongside other forms of complementary approaches, such as Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Qi Gong and Yoga.  If you are unsure please talk to a practitioner.

How does CST relate to psychotherapy and counselling?

CST is a perfect complement to talking therapies. Processing emotional issues and trauma held in the body supports the work of counselling and psychotherapy.  At the same time, BCST combines many trauma counselling and psychotherapy tools together with the physical.

Is CST the same as Reiki?

It looks similar at times, yet, a Reiki master takes only a short training and acts as a ‘conduit’ for universal forces, whereas a CST practitioner undergoes extensive anatomy & physiology training plus a two year post-graduate diploma.  Unlike Reiki, the CST therapist invites dialogue about what is being sensed in the body.

If I have a medical problem can CST help?

CST is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor. CST practitioners do not diagnose or prescribe medication.

Are there manipulations involved in Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy compared with other forms?

If the various craniosacral methods could be characterized and compared based manipulations or adjustments, the Biodynamic style would be placed at the non-manipulative end of the spectrum, where hand contacts are based on following and reflecting the client’s process rather than manipulating it into a theoretical ideal state.

How does Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy work?

The cerebrospinal fluid, as it bathes and protects the brain and spinal cord, is not a static body of fluid.  It continuously moves and refreshes, delivering a potency (life force).  A Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist learns to listen deeply to this system, tapping into your inherent blueprint for health.

The therapist encourages your system to access its available resources, offering new choices and possibilities for your body at every level, taking you out of a fight/flight mode (sympathetic) and enabling your body to relax in a rest & recover mode (parasympathetic).

What if I “fall asleep” during my biodynamic craniosacral sessions?

Often people may “doze off” during a session. You may slip into a deep, meditative state of consciousness, where your mind relaxes, allowing the possibility of illness or injury to reorganize and remember its innate health. If you are tired or exhausted, BCST allows your body to relax and rest, usually in a deep healing stillness.

Does insurance cover Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?

Insurance coverage varies with providers. In Switzerland, CST is covered under your zusatzversicherung and accident insurance and I am an insurance-recognised provider.  Depending on your policy, you may need to get a referral from your GP/Hausartzt.

Is CST for me?

If you have any questions about craniosacral therapy and whether it is suitable for you, please contact me for a 15 minute phone/video consultation and I will be happy to help you.

 

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Shirley