Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
In addition to offering psychotherapy, I am also a qualified biodynamic cranial sacral practitioner, registered with the Craniosacral Association.
Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy is integrated with psychotherapeutic understanding, theory and practice. It is a gentle, non-invasive approach that addresses the whole of a person and their history and supports an individual’s self-healing and self-regulating capabilities.
What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?
During the course of our lives our bodies deal with many stresses; physical, emotional and psychological. Ones resources and life conditions affect how we’re able to deal with stress at any one time. Our bodies can have a remarkable ability to adapt and cope with difficult circumstances such as illness, an accident, operation, the stresses and strains of daily life or more specific traumatic events. Often the body is able to naturally recover from strains, illnesses and stresses. You bruise your knee for example and are not surprised when your body with time, self corrects and heals. One may get emotionally upset or challenged at work, the impact dissipates and one can recover. Our systems get affected by many external events and also by our internal responses.
Our physiology self-heals in the ways it can, but at times resolution of an impact, whether physical, emotional, or psychological, may become compromised and a resulting constriction remains held in our system affecting a full capacity for health and wellbeing. Some of these patterns; old injuries or emotional impacts can be held in the body for years; some can have a long history that goes right back to birth.
Biodynamic craniosacral therapists have been trained to listen to a client’s physiology and are able to feel where these subtle patterns are held in our tissues and where they are restricting and can help the body re-evaluate what defence and compensation mechanisms still need to be active now. The work gently encourages the conditions that support health and vitality in the body, assisting its natural capacity for self-repair and inviting more fluidity and ease. As the body is helped to release areas with restriction and compression, structural change can be effected, physical aches and pains addressed – and as the body’s physiology is closely inter-connected with ones emotions, mind, and spirit the work can also have much wider implications holistically on one’s health and well-being. Craniosacral therapy can be a powerfully way to work with emotional patterns. It is also a profound way of working with the effects of trauma.
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is very gentle and yet can have quite profound effects. In a session, you lie fully-clothed on a treatment couch. I, as the practitioner will make contact by placing my hands lightly on your body; on your feet, the cranium (the head), the sacrum (the tail-bone) or any other part of the body as appropriate and will tune in to what is happening by ‘listening’ with my hands. Contact is made carefully so that you will feel at ease with what is happening.
A treatment is often experienced as profoundly relaxing. Sometimes you may sense an area of restriction, you might experience it as hot, cold, dry, congested, compressed and you may feel how the physiology moves towards self-repair. This movement may continue to work on subtle levels for a few days following a session.
One doesn’t have to be ill or have any particular symptoms in order to benefit from craniosacral therapy. It can enhance anyone’s vitality and wellbeing and offer support with the stresses of life.