What to expect after a Craniosacral Biodynamics session

I invite you to check in with your system before you get on the table. Since healing always takes place in the present, even from old issues that came to reside in your system, it seems helpful to do a full body scan from head to feet, or feet to head, and notice what you notice before we start.

We all have many body stories! Sometimes, it’s good to just check in on current sensations. There may be a different story.

What you notice during a session can vary. Some clients fall asleep soundly. Some drift in and out of sleep. Some experience dreams or dream-like states. Some experience energy releases that are strong enough that they almost levitate off the table, waking them up, and some sleep through multiple energy releases that are small, like a tremor in the hands or feet.

Some notice going into stillness.

It’s all good.

I invite you to do a body scan again when you get off the table.

What’s different?

Right after a session, clients often feel more relaxed, calm, centered, whole. They may notice they feel less pain or tension.

Whatever changes about your issues coming in, as well as what you notice during your before-and-after body scans, is really how you learn what this work does for you.

And…most of the change occurs after a session. From sleeping better that night…to really feeling on top of things three days later…to noticing days or weeks later that an issue simply isn’t there any more…

…this is why craniosacral work is sometimes called subtle.

Fall 2022 newsletter

The theme is balance, as the equinox reminds us…

Also includes information about imprints (aka conditioning), highlights of my summer travels, a link to my post on reasons people sought craniosacral biodynamics in summer 2022, and good information for people with TMJ issues.

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Reasons people got Craniosacral Biodynamics (summer 2022)

What is Craniosacral Biodynamics? The name may not mean much if you are unfamiliar with this type of hands-on therapy.

It helps to share why people seek it, so I write these seasonal summaries of what my clients are seeking.

Craniosacral Biodynamics is different from most types of bodywork in that it works from the inside out, with internal rhythms and patterns, rather than working from the outside in, like massage therapy.

It can help with a wide variety of issues.

In every session, receivers shift into a deeply relaxed state in which the innate intelligence in their system can pause, reflect, and reorganize their tissues, fluids, and energies toward greater health.

One of the benefits of this modality is that it affects specific physical issues as well as whole body issues. The deep relaxation that clients experience empowers the body’s innate healing abilities for all kinds of issues.

Some clients come in with one issue, others with three or four. Often there’s a mix of specific physical issues and whole body issues.

Changes occur during sessions and continue afterwards. Sometimes clients notice a week or so later that an issue has disappeared.

The work is also cumulative. Often issues do not reoccur, and in subsequent sessions the work addresses deeper strain patterns and imprints of overwhelm, releasing these bound energies to return you to greater wholeness and vitality.

Specific physical issues

tension in thoracic inlet
atlanto-occipital joint tension
pain around C1 transverse process
frontal headache
tight cranial bones
mid-back strain
chest and upper back tension
neck, shoulder/s pain or tension
jaw tension or pain
sacrum unbalanced
dysfunction from old knee injury
structural asymmetry from playing a musical instrument
energy block at back of heart
vestibular cranial nerve and brain stem issues
foot pain
hip joint popping

Whole body issues

healer burnout
work-related stress
long-term stress
dysfunction from trauma
deep attachment trauma
reorganizing after releasing deep attachment trauma
fixations from Enneagram type
post-partum recovery
overwhelm from mothering young children
insomnia
anxiety
depression
PMS
overwhelm from excessive heat

Here’s the list for spring 2022.

Reasons people sought craniosacral biodynamics (spring 2022)

Here are some reasons people have come to me for Craniosacral Biodynamics sessions in the past few months. Most of the time, people had multiple issues going on. I’ve consolidated them into general categories.

You can see that the range is wide.

  • breathing issues
  • muscle tension and/or pain (neck, throat, shoulders, upper back, lower back, chest, jaw, face, hip, glute, calf)
  • muscle twitching
  • migraine, chronic headaches, chronic migraines
  • fatigue, chronic fatigue
  • restlessness
  • nerve energy, nerve damage
  • integration after trauma, recovery from multiple traumas, physical and emotional childhood trauma
  • re-regulation after long COVID, reset after multiple challenges during pandemic
  • sadness, grief
  • emotional upheaval, severe emotional shock after break-up, feeling unsettled from work
  • managing bipolar condition
  • empty feeling at solar plexus, chaotic feeling at solar plexus, engaging personal power instead of hiding
  • insomnia
  • better heart rate variability
  • stress, anxiety, wanting to feel secure and relaxed, anxiety about upcoming presentation
  • auto-immune issues
  • holding heaviness in part of body
  • adjusting to new nightguard
  • wonky atlas, cranium feels unbalanced
  • withdrawal from psychiatric drug while waiting for new one to kick in
  • reset after various health issues
  • addressing a layer of inertia
  • three past untreated concussions

You may be curious how one bodywork modality can work with so many different issues.

The simple reason is that Craniosacral Biodynamics augments your own system’s ability to heal, no matter the cause of dysfunction. Everything in your system has a pattern, and sometimes patterns become unbalanced or strained.

Practitioners trained in Craniosacral Biodynamics can help your system move these patterns toward resolution — if they are ready to change.

We all have multiple strain patterns, and there is always something ready to transform.

How does it work? During a session we both get very quiet and still. You sink into a state of deep relaxation. Some people fall asleep. Others stay awake enough to feel shifts occurring within.

I tune into your system, and with attention and support, it pauses, gathers potency (intelligent energy), and starts reorganizing the patterns that are ready to optimize.

This work continues after you leave my office.

Here’s my list for the winter of 2021-22.

Who can benefit from craniosacral therapy?

Here’s a link to a good basic description of craniosacral therapy from the Cleveland Clinic.

These are conditions it helps with (and there are more, but these are the most common):

  • Chronic pain.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Migraine headache.
  • Complex regional pain syndrome.
  • Stress.
  • Anxiety.
  • Fascial adhesions.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Temporo-mandibular joint syndrome (I use an integrative approach).
  • Stroke.
  • Post-concussion syndrome.

(I also treat many who have experienced trauma.)

These are conditions that need a release from a physician before treating:

  • Recent concussion or traumatic brain injury.
  • Cerebral swelling.
  • Structural defects in the cerebellum such as Arnold-Chiari malformation.
  • Brain aneurysm.
  • Blood clots.
  • Any disorder that causes instability of cerebral fluid pressure, flow or build-up.