Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy uses the gentle pressure and receptive touch of the practitioner to encourage the body to heal naturally.
The soft touch used doesn’t involve any manipulation of the tissues and the client will be fully clothed on the massage table.
The biodynamic technique involves the healing process coming from within the clients system and not from the practitioner. There is always health available in a person’s body and the biodynamic approach taps into this health, so that it can assist the areas that are not functioning quite so effectively.
The purpose of this therapy is to improve the motion and flow of the craniosacral system: this system is made up of the cranium, spine, pelvis, membranes, cerebral spinal fluid and muscles that encapsulate the central nervous system (CNS). It is the core function of every human being.
When a practitioner makes a connection with the craniosacral system they can detect the natural rhythm that the system expresses. During the process of connecting, stress will be alleviated from systems of the body not only in the CNS, but also other systems including the endocrine, muscular skeletal, digestive and cardiovascular.
Physiologically the therapy focusses on listening to and feeling what the body’s system expresses through tissue and fluid motion. The practitioner can identify the natural motion of the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) that surrounds the CNS and brain. Identifying this motion can help relieve pain and tension in the body, which allows the entire system to reintegrate.
A trained Therapist will understand the negative effect that trapped and held emotions may have on the physical body; when we experience positive emotions we feel more at ease and want to smile and laugh. Whereas negative emotions like sadness, anger and loneliness, often raise our blood pressure and cause our muscles to contract, sometimes developing into trauma. Physically the human body tends to oppose negative feelings, which may result in stress becoming trapped in the tissues and CNS, leading to pain, anxiety or depression. Without treatment this pain can then lead to physical illness and weakness. The right touch in a craniosacral therapy session can assist the body to release this stress by freeing the restricted energy and enhancing fluid motion. Around every person’s body is an energy field known in craniosacral therapy as a biosphere.
This field lets us resonate with other people. This is why when we are close to a calm person, it makes us feel calm or if we are close to a stressed person it can make us feel stressed, due to the fact that we are resonating with the other person’s biosphere. There is an element of this connection in biodynamic craniosacral therapy. Practitioners are skilled in working with this connection and instead of pinpointing particular symptoms they encourage the client’s system to start their own healing process. Because of its gentle nature craniosacral therapy can be enjoyable and beneficial for all ages, from new born babies to the elderly. It is widely used for a whole range of conditions. In the elderly increased vitality and sense of wellbeing are common advantages, the delicate nature of the therapy is also a huge appeal to this age range.
New born babies often have conditions like colic, sucking problems during breast feeding and restless nights where they seem agitated, Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy can ease all of these complications.
A practitioner provides a safe environment where the client feels comfortable, in control and feels that they can influence changes that may happen throughout a session. Clients are encouraged to engage with the therapist whenever a sensation is felt. This discussion will help the client to become more bodily aware. After the session has ended the body is still reintegrating and making adjustments, so often we can feel either fatigued or full of energy after a treatment. Many people use this therapy as a preventative measure, alongside other healthy lifestyle choices, to keep their physical, emotional and spiritual health in good condition.