Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Holistic approach to working with the mind, body and spirit.

Just like the dream catcher represents catching our unwanted dreams our bodies capture our unwanted emotion, feelings, traumas and so on.

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From my perspective Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is about listening to the persons system as a whole and negotiating a safe space for the clients system to express, release, realign and reconnect to their own inner resources through stillness.

BCST stems from osteopathy; it works with the body as a whole integrated system thus incorporating  primary respiration, cranial rhythmic impulses, the nervous system, cerebrospinal fluid, muscle tissues, held trauma and the cranial bones to mention just a few. This is in order to achieve a therapy that can resonate within our many deeper layers. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is commonly seen as the spiritual approach to craniosacral therapy.

BCST offers a listening tool for the body just like counselling does for the individual. I often have clients who are either in talking therapy or have been previously. I explain to them that although BCST is not a talking therapy it does however offer the whole body the opportunity to be heard, listened to and nurtured. This allows for it to express, release and discharge whatever it feels necessary in each given session; whether that be physical, emotional or a spiritual release prioritised by the individuals system in each session.

To some that is a real release as often they are not aware, or able to state what or how they are affected by certain experiences. Sometimes talking about specific issues or trauma can be a point of triggering them back into the traumatic experience creating a loop in the autonomic nervous system .

If there is a resonance that holds in the relational field between practitioner and client then other forms of expressions can start to open up and be experienced (it is worth noting here that it is important to always set boundaries). This does not have to be a verbal agreement as it is already known in the energy fields of each individual, although it is important to be mindful about offering such insights, not everyone will want to hear them let alone resonate with such elements; as each session varies depending on what the clients system chooses to prioritise.

In my personal experience, once the body feels safe enough to express itself to the practitioner then a whole new world can open up. This may not be inline with conventional Biodynamic Craniosacral training as there wasn’t much focus around energy centres & chakras let alone other realms/dimensions and so on. However, what I did notice during training was that those of us who were already aware of/involved in energy work were seeing, hearing or sensing things that were not part of the course criteria. This wasn’t something we went looking for – it just happened.

This is not taking away from conventional Craniosacral sessions, it is merely highlighting that there are many different levels and layers that a persons system can express itself and find ways to release certain held memory in other less conventional ways too.

As I mentioned earlier, Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy stems from osteopathy, we work within the structures and physical anatomy of the body.

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The Emotional Body

mark-daynes-34970There is an energy field round each of us that holds information, much of this information is what I would call -held in the emotional or energy field of an individual. It expresses itself through the physical body in unique ways to each individual. The emotional body and the physical body work together, often without the conscious awareness of the individual. The very nature of the work I do provides a platform for expression between the two. The beauty behind this conversation is a privilege to be part of. Our emotions are often complex and layered by life experiences, disappointments, regrets, childhood, relationships and so on, these emotions are held in our energy field and can start to manifest in multiple ways.

Through craniosacral therapy I am able to listen to the body along with the emotions and hear the two have their own conversation.There is often a link between what I would call suppressed emotional needs and where this is showing up in the physical body. By having an open dialog with my client we can often identify the link and this allows them to start to process, release and discharge the held emotions of inertia held on a cellular level. In Peter A. Levine’s book titled `Waking the Tiger` he states “The key to healing traumatic symptoms in humans is in our physiology” He goes on to say “its about energy-Traumatic symptoms are not caused by the triggering event itself. They stem from frozen residue of energy that has not been resolved or discharged; this residue remains trapped in the nervous system where it can wreak havoc on our bodies and spirits”.

The emotional and human body speaks to us, often through pain or discomfort. It is so important that we listen; if not then the body will have to shout louder and louder until we are forced to listen. Lets not allow ourselves to get to this point: Self care is key.

Wonderful short little video of Dr. Levine talking about his breakthrough session with “Nancy.” In this session he first saw the image of a tiger, which later inspired his bestselling book, “Waking the Tiger.”

The power of touch

 

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As Craniosacral Therapists, the use of light touch through our hands is what enables us to feel and sense specific rhythms, blockage or ebbs and flows within a client’s system. However I personally believe we all have the ability to tap into our healing nature through our intention to offer another love and acceptance. We do this on a daily basis without often thinking about how important touch is for us as sentient beings. i.e a handshake: There is an exchange of energy in that brief moment, there is also usually eye contact that connects us making the experience not only physical  but visual too. Have you ever noticed on those rare occasions when the handshake goes on that little bit longer than usual and eye connect doesn’t seem to break! This suggests to me that a there is a connection being made between the two individuals that makes them feel the connection, allows them to hold that space for a brief moment in time where they exchange a relational field of mutual connection. This is a little bit like Craniosacral Therapy in that there is a relational field built up through the two individuals where an exchange takes place in the comfort and safe environment of the practitioner and client relationship. Through light touch, a deeper sense of what is being held in the client system can be felt and their system can direct the practitioner to where best to place their hands next. So next time you shake hands with someone try and feel the exchange that takes place,you may be surprised at what you sense.