April 26, 2019
Ode to Kai – Life in the Old Dog Yet
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
Health is ever-present… it is the ability to ADAPT to change. You’ll never stop coming across stressful situations in your life, but you can change the way you respond to them – once you have clarity about WHY you respond the way you do.
So what the heck is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy all about?
Biodynamic simply means following what your body tells you; your 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, involving your nervous system
Subtle, yet effective
Attentive, yet safe
Considerate, yet deferential, of the level that your system can work with
Client-led … Always
Throughout your life there may be times of trauma, stress, illness or development disorders which may impact on you in a variety of ways. Your body 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 your physical and emotional resources to help bring you more easily back to a state of optimum health. As a BCST therapist I do 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. I help enhance the overall well-being of your body, which in turn will support you through challenging times or I target specific areas of need as and when your body shows it.
What do I do?
I have been trained to connect with your body considerately and safely. I ‘listen’ with my hands to the rhythmic movements in the body. Where there is a restriction to the flow of movement, I support and facilitate change, sometimes whilst in verbal exploration with you, sometimes, not. This change continues to integrate between sessions as your body accesses its ability to heal itself and you gain clarity and meaning of what your body is trying to tell you. As I am client-led, there is no formulaic way of working. I am guided by what your body tells us. I do not impose movement or positions on you, 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 your 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 your body is in a safe and supported state to allow for, and to maintain, change; so initial sessions can involve building up your 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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For more detailed descriptions, see:
The Craniosacral Therapy Association http://www.craniosacral.co.uk