Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy supports deep, inner change using gentle touch. It involves a deep respect and listening to the body physiology and psycho-emotional energy field.

In optimal health, all living tissues subtly ‘breathe’, contracting and expanding with still-points in between. Craniosacral therapists detect and release restrictions throughout the body that could potentially cause sensory, motor or neurological dysfunctions - including deep emotional disturbances - facilitating the body’s ability to self-correct and return to alignment. 

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In our natural state, the nervous system is in a state of balance. When rooted in being, optimum doing can arise - and our minds and bodies are fluid and flexible, restful and productive. However, in daily life our bodies become shaped by our activities and habitual thought processes. Our bodies literally hold our experiential world - past, present and future-imagined. Science is beginning to appreciate this complex relationship more and more (see, for example, Bessel Van der Kolk’s The Body Keeps The Score, and trauma expert Peter Levine’s In An Unspoken Voice). The nervous system can become stuck in recurrent cycles of anxiety, fear, and even powerlessness. Unresolved stresses further weaken the immune system, making us prone to other conditions.

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Craniosacral therapists understand that the body has an innate ability to heal. The same forces that made the body, sustain and heal the body. A core principle that is deeply recognised in sessions is that health and stillness underlies all conditions. Such experiential beliefs are mirrored in many ancient traditions and spiritual texts, such as the I-Ching, Upanishads, and Buddhist scriptures. 

Psalm 46:10 says ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ 

Stillness is the formless core of all form. This includes all living, sentient tissues. This innate Intelligence underlies the chemistry, nervous activity and homeostasis of the body. Its recognition and appreciation somehow reignites the body’s own healing priorities.

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Creating an attuned space of presence, knowing and understanding the body physiology, and responding with skilled technique to the body’s innate wisdom (and what is referred to as the inherent treatment plan) is all at the heart of biodynamic craniosacral therapy. The process is one of integration, returning all that has been lost and fragmented back to its original nature. This includes physical injuries and illnesses as well as psycho-emotional stresses and traumas. During sessions, some have discovered the unfolding and resolution of long-held childhood wounding, ancestral genetic patterning, and even past-life experiences, resulting in a mass clearing of what the energetic, karmic field. When this happens, we begin to live more from our original nature. Life as Being is naturally one of ease and joy.

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It requires at least two years of comprehensive training to become an accredited Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist.

The Biodynamic Approach

Biodynamic craniosacral therapists learn about anatomy and physiology, stillness and trauma. They learn about the relationship of the Breath of Life to living tissues and the fluid-body-energetic field. They learn to explore how organs feel and move, their health expressions, and embryological origins. They learn how patterns of experience throughout life impacts the way we move through the world, from early embryological developments to the fully developed (yet fluid and adaptable) unfolding adult system. They learn how to create a state of balanced awareness within their own systems, and directly experience anatomical states through extensive, experiential awareness exercises. 

They learn how to recognise deeper tides of health and wellness below conditioned states of disease, within themselves and their clients. They learn how to create a space of non-doing and receptive listening to the body’s inherent wisdom and desires. Biodynamic craniosacral therapists explore the spine and embryological midlines as the body’s natural fulcums around which growth and healing occur. They understand how to detect and safely respond to the effects of trauma. 

Through understanding how we develop in utero, attention can be given to how our early holding environments shape and impact our expression through adult life. Biodynamic craniosacral therapists learn how to relate to the transpersonal, and how to respond to and trust the body’s innate wisdom. They practice - in detail - how treatment can profoundly change another’s physiology, paying particular attention to cranial structures (including the limbic reptilian brain) the spine, gut, fascia, the visceral nervous system and umbilical affects. Health is acknowledged in the midst of disease. At the core, they learn how to meet another where they are at, whilst holding the door open for new possibilities.

Throughout every encounter, stillness is revered as the foundation of our being. 

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