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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 you to relax, ‘let go’ and reconnect with the present moment;
  • supports 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 of inner peace, stillness and wholeness.

Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapy is primarily concerned with a series of natural rhythmic motions found in every part of the body. These originate from the central nervous system and are expressed throughout the whole body. Whilst free-flowing movement reflects health and vitality, restrictions show up where there are areas of unresolved physical or emotional ‘holding patterns’.

Cranio-Sacral Therapists are trained to feel these subtle motions using extremely gentle touch, to help the body to release any restrictions or ‘holding patterns’ and rebalance itself.

The science of Cranio-Sacral Therapy:

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, 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 short case history and discussion in order to clarify any symptoms or issues that you would like to address.

The treatment is usually carried out in a quiet and peaceful environment, with the client lying down on a treatment couch, fully clothed. The practitioner will gently support you to drop into a state of relaxation and calm using stillness or guided suggestions. Then using gentle touch on your feet, cranium (head), sacrum (tailbone), spine or other part of the body as needed, they will ‘tune into’ the subtle, rhythmic motions present throughout your whole body, noticing any places of tension or lack of flow, and gently helping your body to release these, rebalance itself, and return to a state of wellness and ease.