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.

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.