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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Walking out of stress

Walking out of stress-make a commitment to managing your stress.

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Stress seems to be one of the main issues in peoples lives today, it is unavoidable in our busy world and our bodies are designed to manage a certain amount of this stimulation. However sometimes we can become overwhelmed and unable to cope with life’s demands.

Extended periods of stress can start to produce symptoms which have an impact on our day to day life and if left untreated  may lead to further complications. I have experienced this myself, although interestingly enough I was not aware at the time that I was stressed, I kept going as I “believed” I had no choice (responsibilities, bills, rent, dependants etc).The impact of stress on my body which I endured during that time only showed itself years later! I’m not talking about minor stress symptoms such as tension headaches (although these can seem less than minor for the individual experiencing them) or neck and shoulder pain and difficulty sleeping I am talking about the real impact on a cellular memory.

It wasn’t until I listened to myself and the constant thoughts that I had to leave my job that my body was able to settle into a calmer state. This decision enabled me to start my inner nurturing and healing. Along my path Craniosacral therapy (CST) found me!! That’s another story! CST is a natural way of helping our bodies to rest and recover. CST is unique in its ability to treat the source of symptoms on every level, whether mental, physical or emotional. For the best results a series of treatments is recommended. My regular clients inform me that their bodies are able to open up to expression and begin working through various patterns for release, reorganising and correction.

Many of my clients  have said they find CST supports their symptoms of stress such as making them feel more relaxed and able to manage things better, sleeping better, less irritable, less overwhelmed and anxious to name but a few. CST works with the autonomic nervous system  which controls the organs, glands and smooth muscles of the body. It has a sensory feedback to the central nervous system, CST can help to regulate the nervous system and transform your stress response by listening and sensing what your body is expressing,this also helps you to build up your own inner resources that support your coping mechanisms towards health and vitality.

Craniosacral Therapy is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor.

Here is a lovely little video describing how Craniosacral therapy can support the body during times of stress.