Connecting to your Health with Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
“It may look like I’m doing nothing, but at the cellular level I am really quite busy!’
The Smartest thing in the room is the intelligence expressed in our bodies.
Listening and negotiating the health connections to your body’s past and the future, within your present.
Being with the self correcting principles within the Body Intelligence.
What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST)?
From a scientific perspective, BCST uses the energy within the body that directs each cell to do its job. Our cells make one big community of cells called ‘our body’.
Much like the tidal motions that are affected by the earth’s relationship to the moon, we have our own tidal motion that moves through all living things. This community of cells (our body) is imprinted by the specific situation of how we first started out in life. Cells then pass on their memory to new cells. Because the body is a living, changing organism sometimes the information that is passed on at a cellular level needs to be updated.
Physical trauma and emotional stress can cause one’s tissue to contract. Sometimes this tissue stays contracted. Over the years these traumas and stressors can build up in one’s tissues, emotions can become locked in the body as emotional memories and emotional pain, giving rise to physical problems over the years.
BCST connects directly with the quantum physics of your body. It is one of the most grounded forms of energy work with one foot grounded in the anatomy of the body and the other grounded in the physiological force that directs your cells to do their job and work together as a unified field making you whole.
The human body is a receptacle and proprietor of our energy. As such, biodynamic craniosacral therapy works directly with the most basic energy in our bodies, our very life force. Every bone, organ and cell in your body is connected, and expresses a rhythmic subtle movement that is fundamental to life, helping to maintain balance and integrity throughout the entire body. All living things on our planet have this motion.
The body wants to show you experiences of its life, it wants to show you what you have been feeling, wants to show you tensions, anxieties and pain that you have been feeling and it wants to show you it is not the cause of it.
How does a BCST therapist work?
The BCST therapist develops highly attuned sensory skills through their hands, the nerves and other sensory receptors in their bodies.
Experienced practitioners can sense physical restrictions in muscles, joints and other tissues, the quality of blood flow and cerebrospinal fluid circulation, and activation within the nervous system.
In BCST, the therapist does not manipulate, make adjustments, impose any judgements, pre-conceived notions or intellectually prescribe the treatment plan on the session. BSCT stimulates the body’s resources to generate its own healing, the work is about surrendering to the priorities of the body. It is client-led, allowing the client’s system to set the pace at which self-adjustments take place and the order in which change occurs.
Each session is allowed to unfold naturally, in response to the client’s body’s innate intelligence, and the inherent treatment plan. Each client’s body has different priorities for healing and it may be that the complaint that the client presents with is not actually the body’s main priority for healing, or that there are a series of other self-adjustments that need to take place before the complaint can be resolved.
The BCST therapist works through the creation of a relational field between the practitioner and the client. The practitioner establishes this field through regulation of their brain waves, and by not being involved in the client’s personal space, by maintaining a neutral space that allows the client’s system to flourish. The field can be adjusted to suit the needs of the client during the treatment.
The body wants to build resources and go through the trauma in a resourced way allowing the body to create relationships within itself, go through its own treatment plan and things change when you become aware of your embodied self. Awareness expands our growth, treating self with total respect and kindness. Allowing your body to heal on its own terms is the fastest most efficient way to health.
What happens in a BCST treatment?
The treatment is carried out lying fully clothed on a treatment table and lasts up to 45 minutes. The therapist will often begin the session by placing their hands lightly on the client’s feet and ‘listening’ to the intrinsic movements, subtle contractions and patterns of restrictions held in the tissues and fluids of the body. The practitioner may then move to other areas of the body, often to the sacrum at the base of the spine, to the diaphragm, joints, shoulders, head or face. Clients usually experience a deep relaxation during and after the session, they will often have improved sleep and increased energy levels after being treated.
Throughout the session the client may feel a range of sensations such as tingling, pulsing, buzzing, rumbling of the tummy, warmth, heaviness, some muscle twitches, waves of goosebumps, darting of the eyes, spontaneous big breaths, feelings of heat, cold or sensations of chills at times. Sometimes the client may feel small subtle movements or adjustments taking place, or the client may feel nothing. Often a client will experience a deep sense of calm and relaxation or may sleep deeply. Any or all of the above is normal. These are all signs of the sympathetic nervous system transitioning into a parasympathetic state – an essential part of the healing process.
Through a series of treatments, a client can experience greater vitality and well-being, sleep better, experience an improvement in symptoms and a movement away from limiting patterns either emotional or physical that came about as a result of past trauma.
The therapy creates a safe place for recovery to occur sometimes during the session, or at other times setting in motion a journey of recovery that can occur over a course of sessions and between sessions.
The body looks at itself, goes to a pattern that is familiar, seeking a state of balance, settling and coming to stillness. The stillness is a defining goal, memory of the past and the potential of a future sits at that still-point. The change happens in the still moments where an individual comes back into relationship with themselves and is able to open up to the potential and the possibilities around them.
BCST is suitable for all ages including newborns, the elderly and people with delicate, degenerative or painful conditions.
Conditions Treated by Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
The list of conditions which may benefit from this therapy is long and comprehensive, as most imbalances, whether physical, emotional or spiritual in origin, respond well to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. The following is a selection from the many conditions which respond favourably.
Please bear in mind that each person’s body and history is different and some of these conditions can have multiple causes, some of which may respond well to biodynamic craniosacral therapy and some may also require additional support from other forms of treatments, i.e. nutritional.
A good foundation in anatomy and physiology is necessary in order to apply craniosacral work with competency. The Pacific Association of Craniosacral Therapists (PACT) recommends that you choose a Registered Craniosacral Therapist. This ensures they are fully qualified, meet the professional standards and follow the Code of Ethics.
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