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What is Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapy?

Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapy is an extremely gentle, yet powerful, hands-on treatment, that:  

  • helps your body-mind to relax, ‘let go’ and become fully present;
  • works with your body’s natural self-healing and re-balancing ability;
  • helps release and resolve old patterns of tension and symptoms stemming from injury, illness, surgery or trauma;
  • helps you to connect with deeper levels embodiment, self-awareness, peace, stillness and wholeness.

Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapy is primarily concerned with a series of natural motions found within the body. These originate from the cerebro-spinal fluid, membranes and bones surrounding the brain and spinal cord, and are expressed throughout the whole body. Whilst free-flowing movement reflects health and vitality, restrictions correlate with areas of unresolved injury, illness or emotional ‘holding patterns’.

Cranio-Sacral Therapists are trained to feel these subtle motions using extremely gentle touch, and to support the system’s own natural healing capabilities to release restrictions and rebalance itself from within.

The science:

Cranio-Sacral Therapy is derived from osteopathy. In the early twentieth century, osteopath Dr William Sutherland made a revolutionary discovery – that the bones and membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord are not fused and immobile as previously thought, but actually expand and contract, following a subtle, continuous, rhythmic motion. This motion originates from the central nervous system and is expressed throughout every cell and structure of the body. Dr Sutherland found that this rhythmic motion is of profound importance to life – even more fundamental than the heart-beat or breathing. It is an expression of our very ‘life force energy’. He named this phenomena ‘the Breath of Life’ or ‘primary respiration’ to denote its importance.

Dr Sutherland discovered that our life-force motion possesses its own intelligence and self-regulating ability – continuously adapting and rebalancing itself in response to challenges in order to maintain health and balance in the whole system. However, excessive challenge such as unresolved injury, trauma or emotional stress causes restrictions to the free-flowing motion of our life force energy, as well as our tissues and blood flow – leading to symptoms such as back pain, headaches, digestive issues or fatigue. These discoveries totally changed Dr Sutherland’s approach to helping his patients – from a mechanical, results-orientated and practitioner-led treatment to a gentle, supportive, ‘listening’ and client-led approach, which works with the body’s own natural rhythms and healing capabilities.

What happens during a treatment?

The first session will start with a discussion/case history in order to clarify any symptoms or issues on which the client would like to work.

The treatment takes place with the client lying fully-clothed on a treatment couch, in a quiet and peaceful environment. The practitioner begins by connecting with a feeling of peace and stillness within themselves and the room – gently helping the client also to drop into a state of relaxation and ‘just being’, in the present moment.

The practitioner will then take up some gentle contacts on your feet, cranium (head), sacrum (tailbone), spine or another part of the body, ‘tuning into’ the subtle, rhythmic motions originating from the central nervous system – noticing any places of tension, ‘holding’ or lack of flow, as well as areas of health and vitality. Our life-force motion possesses its own intelligence and self-healing capacity- it is constantly adjusting and rebalancing itself in response to the internal and external environment to maintain health and homeostasis. The practitioner connects with the person’s life force with a healing and supportive intention – helping to stimulate process of rebalancing, the release of tension/old injuries/emotional holding patterns, and a gradual return to flow, vitality and wholeness.