Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy
A somatic approach to well-being, known for its gentleness and effectiveness in treating a wide range of imbalances and traumas. It is a hands on technique that uses light touch to examine membranes and movement of the fluids in and around the central nervous system.
BCST works with two main ideas:
- The whole body expands and contracts in a rhythmic way
- There is an inherent intelligence expressed throughout the body
Skilled practitioners are able to feel these rhythms through extensive knowledge of the body’s anatomy as well as experienced hands.
How is a session conducted?
Clients lay on a massage table fully clothed mainly on their backs and a session generally last around an hour. The practitioner places their hands in a series of light positions on the body while the client is encouraged to place their attention on physical sensations in their body.
On a physical level this hands on approach works on improving the function of the central nervous system, working on cranial bones, spinal cord, nerves and the cerebral spinal fluid. According to Steven Porges’ Polyvagal theory, five specific cranial nerves must function adequately in order to attain desirable state of social engagement. Some of the best ways to achieve this are found in the domain of craniosacral therapy.
Mental & Emotional body
On a mental and emotional level, we are increasingly looking to the body to seek alternative and complementary solutions to psychological and mental health issues. We now know that autonomic nervous system regulation (which is responsible for the fight of flight) is best achieved through the body rather than talk therapy.
According to Peter Levin, PhD, psychologist, trauma expert and founder of Somatic Experiencing, trauma is primarily physiological and only later spreads to our minds, emotions and spirit. On this regard, Gendlin (psychotherapist, author and philosopher) tells us that in order to truly heal and process difficult emotional states it necessary to access the underlying felt sense of the situation in the body in a safe, resourced setting.
This is what is done in BCST, the therapists’ embodied experience, touch and presence create a relational field that generates a deep sense of safety and capacity to heal from within for the client.
Who can benefit from Craniosacral?
Anyone suffering from musculo-skeletal pain, physical or mental trauma, back pain, headaches, hormonal issues, anxiety, insomnia, joint pain… The sessions are relaxing, the touch in non-invasive and helps rebalance the nervous system which make it great for stress and general maintenance.