About Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
"Biodynamic" refers to a branch of Craniosacral therapy that is less manipulative than other forms. The practitioner creates a space of allowing the tissues to move toward a more balanced state and maintains a supportive environment so that the client's system generates therapeutic change from within.
Craniosacral therapy originates from osteopathy. It is conducted through a light purposeful touch, assisting the body into its natural state of being - stillness. This deep healing state reminds the body of its own capacity to regenerate and its ability of releasing deep rooted trauma. It can provide the resource and strength for permanent change to improve your physical and emotional wellbeing.
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This work takes your body out of the sympathetic state (fight or flight) and into the parasympathetic state (rest and digest). This is imperative to healing. Basically it is a toning down of the autonomic nervous system which has a knock-on effect through all the other systems in the body.
Your nervous system gives priority always to what is happening right now. Your past injuries, emotional & physical, are stored in the tissues of the body. These are called holding patterns. From my personal experience of my own injuries in the past and witnessing my clients, craniosacral therapy is extremely effective in releasing these holding patterns.
It is a whole-person approach, acknowledging that the mind, body and spirit are one. It treats the source of the issue. Stress and anxiety are reduced and the client often leaves with a greater sense of calmness and centeredness.
Through a series of treatments the client can then experience increased vitality, a sense of wellbeing and a greater sense of enjoyment in their lives. As a result symptoms can improve, moving the client away from old patterns and dis- ease and into a renewed state of optimum health.
What to expect during your visit
In my therapy space I offer a kind, gentle and safe environment in which I respect and honour the individual needs of each client.
A Craniosacral therapy session usually lasts about an hour. On first visit, we sit and discuss what has brought you here also your past injuries, operations and known traumas experienced.
You then lie on the table, fully clothed, usually on your back or side. I then begin to orient you towards a felt sense of your body, through a light touch at various parts of your body, usually at the base of your head and the base of your spine. This is encouraging the body to relax and release, preparing and inviting the body for change.
Throughout the session I don’t tend to talk much, however I am checking in with you enough so that your awareness of the unfolding process stays present.
Things you may feel during a session: energy moving through your body, tingly sensations in the hands, feet or various other parts of the body, you may have emotion arise, twitchy legs, a sense of tightness at old injury sights, a sinking sensation into the table (this is the body starting to relax), clients can often experience a deep relaxation and stillness.
At the end of the session we spend some time reflecting on the treatment. I often recommend some simple exercises which are aimed to increase body awareness in between treatments.
Many people report an alleviation of their symptoms after only a few sessions. As a general rule three to ten sessions will have a noticeable impact upon most people’s health, in some cases, a single treatment can make a dramatic difference.