How often should I come for Craniosacral Therapy sessions?

I recommend that for most issues, you schedule weekly at first, and as your health returns, to taper off to every other week and then monthly until you feel well.

Although changes you can feel do occur during sessions, most of the activity of optimizing your health occurs between sessions. Subtle changes in your physiology that begin during sessions continue to transform your system after you leave my office.

Thus, Biodynamics sessions may seem subtle, sometimes almost as if nothing happened, but by the next session, you notice improvement. One mom whose daughter was stressed from high school told me that three days after receiving a Biodynamics session, her daughter felt on top of everything.

I myself have suddenly noticed weeks after receiving a Biodynamics session that an issue I had sought help for no longer existed. It had simply disappeared.

Occasionally after a session, a client may feel worse, because a strain pattern that was quietly causing problems suddenly woke up, and it’s feeling grumpy, causing discomfort.

If that happens, call me. Sometimes it’s best to wait it out until your next session and self-soothe, knowing your system is reorganizing itself. If you experience too much discomfort, come in sooner.

Many people have found Biodynamics sessions so enjoyable, they make a place in their lives for regular sessions to maintain their well-being.

Reasons people seek Craniosacral Biodynamics (winter 2021-22)

I was curious about the reasons people have sought me out for Craniosacral Biodynamics sessions, so I looked through my intakes for sessions given since December 1, 2021.

It’s now March 29, 2022, so this sample spans nearly four months.

The variety is broad. The range includes working with very specific conditions in the tissues, chronic issues, acute issues, energetic issues, mental and emotional issues, imbalances of all sorts, recovery from medical treatment, recovery from illness, stress, and issues caused by stress.

Adjusting to Invisalign braces

Anxiety

Bell’s Palsy

Chiari malformation

Chronic pain

Depression

Emotional overload

Energetic imbalance

Familial and ancestral imprints

Fatigue, exhaustion, depletion

Feeling compressed energetically

Headaches

Long-haul COVID

Mental stress

Muscle tension

Recharge from cancer treatment

Recovery from surgery

Regular self-care

Relaxation

Strain patterns, habitual tension

Tinnitus

Trauma, PTSD, C-PTSD, childhood abuse, neglect

What are the different kinds of craniosacral therapy?

Dr. William Garner Sutherland, DO, 1873-1954, devoted his osteopathic medical career to exploring the craniosacral system, which surrounds the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).

The whole field started in 1899 when Sutherland, then a medical student, noticed that the cranial bones seemed designed to breathe, which he explored after becoming a doctor.

His earlier focus was on the bones, fluids, and membranes of the system, a biomechanical way of working.

His research, which he labeled the cranial concept, resulted in the development of the medical specialty of cranial osteopathy.

Dr. Sutherland and other cranial osteopaths that he trained noticed that the fluid in this system moved rhythmically, like tides, influencing every cell from deep inside the body.

They recognized that dynamic processes in the tides could augment the health and vitality of the entire human system.

This way of working with the system’s capacity to seek health came to be called biodynamic. It includes and expands on Dr. Sutherland’s earlier discoveries about the biomechanics of the system.

In the 1970s, Dr. John Upledger, DO, began to teach non-doctors how to work on people biomechanically, based on Dr. Sutherland’s earlier work. He coined the term craniosacral therapy.

Legend has it that Dr. Upledger was well aware of the biodynamic aspects of the work, and that he chose to teach just the biomechanical aspects to make it more acceptable to the general public and the mainstream medical establishment of the day.

Today the Upledger Institute is an internationally known and respected training and research facility. Its teachers have taught craniosacral therapy to multitudes of practitioners and benefitted millions of receivers around the planet.

I’ve taken courses with the Upledger Institute and plan to take more.

Discoveries in quantum physics spilled over into more mainstream acceptance of phenomena unexplainable by the old Newtonian model, paving the way for a more holistic way of understanding everything.

Franklyn Sills, while an osteopathic student in the 1980s, became fascinated with Dr. Sutherland’s later work and that of other cranial osteopaths whom he taught, which was more holistic at a time when holistic healing modalities were beginning to emerge in Western culture.

Sills began teaching biodynamic craniosacral therapy to non-doctors in the 1990s. Read his history of craniosacral biodynamics here.

My current Biodynamics teacher, Roger Gilchrist, studied and trained to teach with Franklyn Sills.

I’ve previously studied both biomechanical and biodynamic CST with Ryan Hallford, creator of The Craniosacral Podcast who is now teaching internationally for Body Intelligence as well as independently.

Policies

Welcome.

I’m here to do my best for you. In this line of work, we are always seeking more health. You are too, or you wouldn’t be here. I look forward to working together.

Please read through my policies. I’m happy to answer any questions you have.

Appointments

Bodywork sessions are by appointment only. You may schedule your own appointment online. You may also contact me first (preferably scheduling a free phone consultation) if you have any questions.

Please try to arrive 5 minutes early to decompress before your session. If possible, allow yourself some down-time after your session to integrate.

Your appointment time is reserved exclusively for you. I send a reminder email and text 48 hours in advance of your start time.

If you need to reschedule, please be kind and do so as soon as possible. You may reschedule online or by emailing, texting, or leaving a voicemail for me.

If you miss an appointment with less than 24 hours of notice, you will be responsible for full payment for the session.

Rates

Initial appointments and 90 minute sessions: $165.

Follow-up appointments/60 minute sessions: $135.

Multi-session packages and subscriptions are discounted by 10 percent.

Payment

When you schedule yourself online, you prepay with a credit card.

If you prefer to pay with cash, check made out to MaryAnn Reynolds, or a cash app, I will need to schedule your session for you.

Special instructions for American Express cards: enter the card number minus the last digit. Then enter the four-digit CVV code. Then enter the last digit of the credit card number. If this doesn’t work, try another type of card or ask me to send you a payment request in PayPal or Venmo.

I accept Health Care Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account cards.

Tips are not accepted. I do appreciate feedback (both positive and about how I can improve), and spreading the word to others in person or in writing about a good experience is deeply appreciated.

I do not work with insurance companies, but if you request a receipt, I can provide one after your session(s) that you can submit to your insurance company or HCSA/FSA plan for reimbursement.

Packages

Multi-session packages are discounted by 10 to 20 percent.

Packages never expire, and they are non-refundable. If you buy a package and cannot use all the sessions, you may request a gift certificate for the balance. 

If you would like to request a package or gift certificate not listed on my Scheduling link, please contact MaryAnn at 512-507-4184.

Mask policy

When Austin/Travis County is in Stage 4 or 5, masks are required at all times throughout the office suite and in my private office, regardless of vaccination status.

The only exception is during the intraoral portion of TMJ Relief sessions, when you will need to unmask. I will give you some antiseptic solution (Listerine or a 1% peroxide solution or salt water) to rinse your mouth with before proceeding.

In Stage 3 or below, you may be unmasked if you feel safe doing so, and I will ask you if you are comfortable with me unmasking. (I’m vaxxed and boosted.)

I run a Winix air filter at all times when I am working. It more than meets the highest CDC and WHO recommendations.

If you have a sore throat, fever, or other symptoms of illness, please reschedule your session.

Craniosacral Biodynamics works for serious health challenges

Craniosacral Biodynamics is in the same family of medical and manual therapies as original osteopathy, cranial osteopathy, and craniosacral therapy. 

Although its cranial roots go back to 1899, Craniosacral Biodynamics began in the 1980s.

Dr. Andrew Weil, father of integrative medicine, received healing work from Dr. Robert Fulford, a gifted cranial osteopath, and understood well how this kind of bodywork can contribute to wellness. Dr. Weil relates this story in his book, Spontaneous Healing.

Reducing the stress load

Imbalances and strains on our bodies come from stressors of all kinds: physical, mental, emotional, energetic. 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 no longer present.

Overwhelming stress can make this difficult, and the stress load does not dissipate.

Making it more complicated, many sources of stress are internal: anxiety about health, relationships, finances, the future. Can you relate?

Our systems’ self-healing capabilities activate in states of relaxation, not in states of stress. Thus, stress is a factor that contributes to chronic illness.

Craniosacral Biodynamics sessions help our systems relax, thus freeing up resources for self-healing.

A Craniosacral Biodynamics practitioner like me palpates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in a patient’s body. This fluid flows rhythmically and is located deep inside the body.

A good therapist can pick up the motion and read this rhythm anywhere in the body, as well as sense more subtle tides and patterns.

How it works

After establishing rapport with a patient, I invite your rhythm to go into a still point — a pause in the rhythm that feels relaxing.

A still point may last anywhere from a few minutes up to an hour. This stillness interrupts dysfunctional patterns that contribute to dis-ease.

The stillness brings new health-giving resources to your patterns, so that when the still point ends, the revitalized patterns bring more balance, ease, and vitality to your system.

In this manner, Craniosacral Biodynamics sessions facilitate healing from the inside out, and it’s your own system that does the healing. I just help set up the right conditions.

Craniosacral Biodynamics works well alongside health-building practices such as good nutrition, exercise, sleep, rest, and other integrative health modalities.

It helps with chronic anxiety

Patients who have been living with chronic anxiety — which often accompanies chronic illness — often report feeling more resilient after each session, more relaxed, sleeping better.

Sometimes they notice other shifts toward better health in the days after receiving a craniosacral biodynamics session. Because the work is subtle, it can take a few days to really feel the results.

Many choose to receive regular sessions because they work cumulatively, accelerating stress reduction and recovery from illness.

What you can expect in a session

After you have checked in with your present physical, emotional, mental, and energetic state, you’ll get on the massage table, lying on your back. You’ll remain clothed, minus shoes, belt, and big jewelry.

I help you feel comfortable, with a bolster, pillows, a blanket, or a table warmer, as preferred. I invite you to let your body weight surrender to gravity, letting the table provide all the support you need, and to tune into your breathing.

Body awareness lets your anxious mind take a break.

If you can simply notice your sensations, without judgment, without a story, it strengthens your resources for healing.

I take a little time to prepare myself, and then I place my hands gently on your body, at your head or your feet, and tune in to your subtle rhythms.

I may change positions several times during a session. I’m usually quiet, for the most part. Your communication is welcome.

You may simply rest and be gently aware of changing sensations in your body, changes in breathing, and other indicators of transformation.

Sometimes patients are aware of strains releasing. Sometimes the work is so relaxing, patients fall asleep. Some patients tell of dreams or visual experiences.

It’s always interesting to hear your experience!

After your session

Afterwards, it’s always a good to idea to check in with yourself again and notice what’s different.

After leaving, you may want to take some time to relax and integrate the work.

Enjoy your state of reduced anxiety!

Don’t forget to check in with yourself over the next few days, because sometimes the work of optimizing energy patterns takes a few days to manifest into your awareness.

I can’t predict exactly how your system will respond to Craniosacral Biodynamics, but if you feel some improvement, I invite you to schedule another session, which will build on the first.