What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is a therapeutic practice that uses gentle light touch to regulate the nervous system, ease physical pain and emotional stress, and promote balance in the body and mind.
Craniosacral Therapy has its roots in the discoveries made by Osteopath Dr William Garner Sutherland in the late 1800s. He developed an approach to Osteopathy known as “the Cranial Concept”. These original concepts have been refined and extended to become the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy of today.
What's a BCST session like?
After a 5-10-minute discussion about your health, I'll usually guide you through a body-based awareness exercise, helping you relax and prepare for the session. Following this, you'll be invited to lie fully clothed on the treatment table, provided with a blanket and bolster for your comfort.
Upon your consent, I'll gently make contact with your body using my hands, guiding you to explore arising feelings and sensations. Throughout this process, I typically contact various body parts such as the feet, cranium (head), sacrum (tailbone), torso, and other relevant areas as necessary.
It’s recommended that you wear clothing you feel comfortable in.
What conditions does Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy address?
Back, neck and skeletal pain.
TMJ syndrome and jaw issues
Migraine and headaches
Emotional stress and anxiety
Nervous system dysregulation
Benefits that I may notice and feel after sessions
Improved balance, calmness, and relaxation in both body and mind
Increased energy and vitality
Reduction or relief from pain
Enhanced sleep quality
Heightened body awareness
Feeling supported and soothed
What are your approaches?
In BCST, appreciating the entirety of the client's life aspects and embracing their inherent health are crucial. This health often reveals itself through tidal and rhythmic movements. When the body and mind move harmoniously, they naturally expand during inhalation and contract during exhalation. Any limitations or disruptions in these rhythms signal blockages or areas requiring extra attention. Through my palpation skills, I can sense and perceive this innate health and identify which parts of the body need support to restore the whole-body connection.
I also integrate body-based movement awareness and somatic exploration as additional elements within the BCST treatment to provide further support.
My focus is to create a safe and nurturing space for you to explore, learn, and embrace wholeness within yourself.
Is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy suitable for everyone?
Yes, because BCST's approach is very gentle, it is suitable for individuals of all ages, from babies and infants to adults. At the moment, I’m interested in offering treatment to adults with chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and injury recovery.
I'm mindful that this therapy works in a very subtle way and the best way to ascertain its suitability for you is through direct experience. Therefore, I’m also offering a 30-minute initial consultation to individuals who haven’t experienced a BCST session before and want to explore its potential for your healing journey. This opportunity allows you to determine whether this therapy aligns with your needs. If you're interested, please fill out this form to make an inquiry.
How many Craniosacral Therapy sessions will I need?
Responses to BCST can vary based on an individual’s current health, resources, and expectations. It’s important to note that healing is not a linear journey and often requires multiple sessions to address all issues.
There are typically two types of medical conditions: acute and chronic.
When the symptoms of an injury or pain last for more than six months even after the injured parts have healed, it is referred to as a chronic condition. The focus of treatment in such cases is to support the nervous system in building resources like a sense of safety and body awareness, which helps to dissolve the shock that gets embedded in the body. This kind of treatment requires a long-term commitment from the client to achieve the optimal outcome.
On the other hand, acute conditions usually last from a few days up to six months. These conditions typically require a modification in behaviour to support the tissue healing process This change in behaviour usually requires support for short-term or mid-term treatment.
My general recommendation is to commit to 2 to 8 sessions with ongoing re-evaluation for more optimal results.