Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) involves a tuning-in (to your body, and what’s going on for you right now); replenishing of your body’s resiliency and ability to cope with difficult circumstances; and re-storing your internal resources. It is a form of therapy that focuses on your body’s ability to heal.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, subtle and holistic approach to healing. This approach follows your body’s lead, letting your body determine what aspect it is ready to heal.

The Biodynamic Craniosacral approach takes into account all experiences you’ve had in your life that were overwhelming for you to process at the time they occurred. It provides a healing environment for you to heal the experiences that your body is ready to heal. Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy helps you access the resources you have within, and helps you build up your body’s’ ability to cope with difficult circumstances.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is complementary to other therapy modalities.  It helps you integrate all of your efforts; becoming the healthiest version of yourself.

BCST is an excellent therapy for responding to trauma (or difficult or challenging experiences). This type of therapy offers options for your body to heal so you no longer have to carry the weight of these experiences. For example, if you experienced a challenging pregnancy, birth, or postpartum period, craniosacral therapy can help you address these experiences from within. It is a unique way to help you: a) feel like you are back feeling like yourself again, b) deal with whatever life presents you with and c) tune into your body’s natural coping mechanisms.

At its core, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy trusts your ability to heal, and takes a non-manipulative and non-invasive approach. Because BCST is so gentle and non-invasive, it is an appropriate therapy for people with complex health circumstances, and also for infants and small children whose bodies and systems may be in a vulnerable state.

But how does it work, exactly?

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy works by helping our autonomic nervous system find balance. Our autonomic nervous system has two branches: our sympathetic state (react, fight, flight or freeze) and our parasympathetic state (rest, digest, restore, heal). For our health to be optimal, and for us to be able to cope with life’s circumstances, these states must be in balance. This means we need to balance our time spent in reaction mode, (through our sympathetic system), and our time spent resting, slowing down, allowing our bodies to replenish and digest all that we have taken in (through our parasympathetic system). When we don’t get enough time to slow down, rest, relax, feel at ease, our systems can be left depleted, out of balance, and prone to sickness, repeated injury, etc. Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy provides an opportunity for us to rest and replenish. It helps us tune in and access our parasympathetic state. In other words, it provides an environment for us to rest and heal in our parasympathetic state, giving our bodies a chance to heal all of the experiences that may have accumulated while we were in a reactionary or sympathetic state.

Craniosacral practitioners believe that health is never lost no matter what the ailment.  They use their ability to identify the parts of the nervous system that are not functioning optimally and their awareness of the body’s everlasting ability to heal from the inside out to help their clients bring their systems back into balance.

Jessica Smith is on Mat Leave

Jessica Smith

Craniosacral Therapist