Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) emerged from the osteopathic medical tradition and is based on a wholistic view in which the body is understood to have an innate intelligence making it a self-healing, self-regulating system (Sills, 2001).
At the heart of the work of BCST is the “Breath of Life,” an energetic force that gives motility and potency to all of the body’s fluids, cells, and tissues (Sills, 2011). This energy is transmitted at the physiological level into the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord and creates a cranial rhythmic impulse (Handoll, 2000).
BCST has a profound effect on the nervous system, particularly the autonomic nervous system which regulates stress and all the organs in the body. You may have heard of it in discussions of the “fight and flight” response.
It is also able to affect the deeper structures/systems of the brain involved in emotional regulation. For this reason, it can be helpful in addressing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and trauma.
BSCT addresses the roots of these disorders, as well as other conditions that may develop secondarily from stress, through very gentle and sensitive hands-on contact with the head, spine, and sacrum.
You are invited to relax and together we make a shift into a deep, meditative state with the help of my hands. This brings the para-sympathetic nervous system on line which restores health to your whole system.
BCST begins with the assumption of health. Underlying all symptoms lives a well of innate health and healing energy. Through my hands and presence, I contact that resource within you which allows your system to reorganize itself around it.
Your inner healer, once contacted, will continue its work even after you get off the table. You should give yourself several days to integrate. The work can be very subtle, though the effects of relaxation are immediate.
As your nervous system and body reorganize you may find symptoms simply gradually disappear over time with repeated sessions. Sometimes the work is deeper than at others. It depends on what level the work needs to take place.
I trained in BCST from 2011-2013 with John and Anna Chitty at the Colorado School for Energy Studies.
Sill, Franklin, Craniosacral Biodynamics, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 2001.
Sills, Franklin, Foundations in Craniosacral Biodynamics, Vol 1., North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 2011.
Handoll, Nicholas, Anatomy of Potency, Osteopathic Supplies, LTD, Hereford, England, 2000, Pp 17-34.