If Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is new to you, here’s more about it.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is in the same family of manual therapies as original osteopathy, cranial osteopathy, and craniosacral therapy.
Although its roots go back to the late 1800s, the current form began in the 1980s.
Reducing the stress load
Imbalances and strains on our bodies come from stressors of all kinds. Until they dissipate, they maintain a stress load in the system.
The human stress response helps us stay alive in the face of threats. Ideally the system returns to a relaxed state when threats are not present. Too much stress can make this difficult.
Our systems’ self-healing capabilities activate in states of relaxation, not in states of stress. Chronic and acute stress may remain in place long after onset — until given an alternative.
Inviting the system to reorganize
A biodynamic craniosacral therapist palpates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in a patient’s body. This fluid flows rhythmically and is located deep inside the body A therapist can pick up the motion and read this rhythm anywhere in the body.
After establishing rapport with a patient and their system, the therapist invites the rhythm to go into a still point — a pause in the rhythm.
A still point may last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes while the intelligence within considers how to reorganize toward greater health. The rhythm returns with more balance, ease, and vitality.
Reading the rhythm can also show a therapist where the system is constrained locally, for example in a joint or bone or soft tissue.
The therapist invites these imbalances in the rhythm to pause. As with still points, the patient’s system reorganizes locally toward more balance and ease.
Sometimes these shifts occur spontaneously during sessions without still points. It’s as if the deep relaxation and gentle touch of the therapist’s hands encourage strains that are ready to release to do so.
Freeing healing resources
Releasing strains reduces the stress load, freeing up even more healing resources in the system to get to work.
Patients who have been living with stress often report feeling more resilient after each session and that regular sessions work cumulatively, accelerating stress reduction and recovery.
In this manner, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy may be considered healing from the inside out. It works well alongside other healing modalities such as nutrition, movement, rest, hydration, and other treatments.
What you can expect in a session
After you have checked in with your present state and discussed your issues with the therapist, you’ll get on the massage table. You’ll remain clothed, minus shoes, belt, and big jewelry.
The therapist will help you feel comfortable, with a bolster, pillows, a blanket, a table warmer, as needed. She will invite you to tune into your breath and relax.
The therapist will take a little time to prepare herself and then she will place her hands gently on your body. She may change positions several times during a session.
You may simply rest and be softly aware of sensations in your body, changes in breathing, and other indicators of transformation. Often patients are aware of strains releasing.
The therapist will let you know when the session is nearing its end.
It’s always a good idea to check in with yourself again after you get off the table to notice what’s different and take some time to integrate the work.