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Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

  • A safe subtle non-manipulative hands-on therapy, facilitating in creating space and stillness in the body.
  • It is suitable for all ages including newborns, the elderly and people with delicate, degenerative or painful conditions.
  • It is client-led, allowing the client’s system to set the pace at which adjustments take place and the order in which change occurs. The work is about surrendering to the priorities of the body. There is a trust that given the right relationship and with enough resources, the intelligence in the body will choose the best way to heal.
  • It provides a powerful way into many conditions that have their origins in trauma, such as birth issues, accidents, illnesses either big or small.
  • It can have a profound effect on the person’s relationship to themselves and how they relate to others.
  • Stress and anxiety are reduced and the client often experiences more energy, resilience, calmness and mental clarity.
  • The focus is on bringing the clients system back to its original health, to re-organize itself in the best way it is capable of into the best health it can be, in a safe way. It allows for deep and lasting transformation, a re-organization that is neurological, physiological and psychological, allowing the client to establish their equilibrium.

Clients often experience sensations of tingling and pulsations combined with deep relaxation during the session.

The treatment is carried out lying fully clothed on a treatment table and lasts up to 45 mins. The practitioner will place their hands lightly on your body and ‘Listen’ to the intrinsic movements, subtle contractions and patterns of restrictions held in the tissues and fluids of the body. Through a series of treatments, a client can experience greater vitality and well-being, an improvement in symptoms and a movement away from limiting patterns either emotional or physical that came about as a result of past traumas.


Benefits of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

People who have had Biodynamic CST treatments often make the following comments about how they feel after sessions:

  • The original health problem or injury has improved
  • There are improvements in other health issues
  • More energy, feeling recharged and vitalized
  • Sleeping better
  • Better overall health
  • Feeling more relaxed and calm
  • A stronger sense of self and improved body awareness.

All ages can be treated with Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

  • Craniosacral Therapy is a great way to de-stress! When the Nervous system is under stress, it can affect many body functions such as sleep, low energy levels, digestive disorders, headaches, migraines and the list goes on. The treatment can help bring balance to your central nervous system.
  • Teenagers can get a huge benefit from Craniosacral therapy. It can help with growth pains, hormonal imbalances, stress, and learning issues. The therapy is very calming on their nervous system.
  • Cancer patients report that sessions help them through their other treatments, give them the strength to carry on and to accept what is happening to them. Many client’s report that not only do they feel more relaxed and sleep better but their energy levels rise, making it easier to cope with some of their cancer treatments.
  • Sports injuries respond well to this therapy, and people often gain better body awareness and alignment which can help reduce the chances of repeat or further injury.
  • The elderly often enjoy the relaxation aspects as well as relief from some of their ailments.
  • Craniosacral Therapy is very well known for helping with the changes created by pregnancy, labour preparation and as a means to support the recovery of a woman’s body after birth.
  • Craniosacral therapy can help relieve babies with the compressions and restrictions experienced during the birth process which then allows the baby to settle and heal.

Common Conditions Treated by Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

The following is a list of some of the wide range of conditions which can benefit favorably to Craniosacral Therapy.

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma/Bronchitis
  • Back pain
  • Birth trauma
  • Bladder conditions
  • Bone disorders
  • Brain Injury/Concussion
  • Breathing disorders
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colic
  • Dental/Jaw/TMJ
  • Depression
  • Digestive Problems
  • Emotional issues
  • Exhaustion
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fluid retention
  • Headaches
  • Hearing issues
  • Hormonal issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Hyperactivity
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia/Sleep disorders
  • Joint disorders
  • Low Immunity/MS/ME
  • Menstrual pain
  • Migraines
  • Morning sickness
  • Muscular pain
  • Nervous disorders
  • Neuralgia
  • Postnatal depression
  • Sinusitis
  • Sprains/Strains/Sports injuries
  • Stress
  • Stroke

A brief history of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

A Medical doctor and an Osteopath Dr William Garner Sutherland discovered the living cranial bones express movement and motion in the early 1900s. His research revealed that underlying the more obvious body rhythms such as respiration, intestinal peristalsis, heartbeat, lay a more subtle pulsation, the breathing and movement of bones, organs, body tissues, each follow their own particular rhythms. This consisted of the cranial bones rhythm, the cerebral spinal fluids, the movements of the fluids within the fluids which feels like the ‘tides’, all very subtle, but important to the health. This he referred to as the Primary Respiration system, it seems to work as an ordering and self-correcting principle within the body, underlying the integrity of all the other systems of the body. Dr Sutherland came to believe there is an important infrastructure of fluids and tissues that expresses an interdependent subtle rhythmic motion that is an expression of life at a cellular level, which is fundamental to the proper functioning of the body.

He wrote about an approach where no mechanical force from outside is used, but under the sensitive hands of a trained therapist, the potency is trusted to initiate and carry out healing processes, referred to as the Intelligence of the body system.

Many Osteopaths carried on the work of Sutherland within the context of osteopathic practice. It was Dr Upledger, in the 1970s who introduced the work outside of the Medical/Osteopathic community. He had become interested in exploring the Primary Respiration after an incident that occurred while he was assisting during a spinal surgical operation. Whilst holding part of the dural membrane system that enfolds the spine, it kept rhythmically moving under his fingers. This discovery led Dr Upledger to set out on his own path of clinical research and it has carried on evolving with the leaders in the field such as Dr Rollin Becker, Dr James Jealous and Dr Franklyn Sills.

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.