What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy ?
The practice, or art, of biodynamic craniosacral therapy was first developed by the renowned osteopath, William Garner Sutherland, over a hundred years ago. It was the second great discovery of his life; and it came late, when Sutherland was in his seventies.
At a practical, therapeutic level, biodynamic craniosacral therapy works with the nervous system and the psyche to bring integrity and coherence to the body, mind and spirit, so that it may recover its innate health and strength.
The 'fluid body' and the 'long tide' :
Biodynamic craniosacral therapists work with what we call the 'fluid body' and the 'long tide'. As adults, human beings contain the same ratio of water to denser substance as the planet Earth; but as embryos and fetuses, we were more than 90% water. And we never lose our relation to this early watery self: it tends to hold the imprint of our life experiences, both physical and emotional. This is the fluid body. It also can be felt to flow, like the Earth's oceans and seas, in 'tides' that extend through us and beyond us in regular 100-second cycles throughout our lives, ceasing only some twenty minutes after we die. This is the 'long tide'.
These tides can be felt by a trained therapist at all levels of the being — in soft tissue, in organs, in bones, in the fluids of our system; and, perhaps most importantly, at the level of the nervous system and the emotional body. These palpable tides are intimately related to the body's ability to heal itself and in fact are doing just that as we move through our daily lives, and at night, when we sleep. When, due to fatigue, stress, shock, depression, trauma, overwork, or drug and alcohol use, the integrity and potency of this fluid body and its tides is to begin to restore the foundation of health by reconnecting the body-mind to its original matrix.
What happens in a biodynamic craniosacral therapy session ?
To facilitate healing, a therapist listens deeply through her hands to the tides, flows and patterns that underlie our physical selves, sensing and witnessing the body-mind's subtlest rhythms.
After a brief discussion concerning the intent of our session, you will lie on a massage table, fully clothed, with a blanket and pillows for warmth and comfort. I will ask your permission to place my hands very lightly on your body and our work will begin.
What conditions may be helped by biodynamic craniosacral therapy ?
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is an ideal way to deeply integrate life experiences — whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual — and to release the after-effects of stress, tension, shock, exhaustion and trauma; to heal and make meaning of mental, emotional or physical suffering.
A series of sessions may relieve tension and pain on many levels: physical, emotional and mental. Clients have found that biodynamic work supports recovery from depression, chronic illness and pain, trauma, anxiety, fatigue and insomnia, emotional confusion and unease.