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What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?

It can be difficult to describe Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy or BCST. This work is subtle enough to be lost on skeptics--and a basic explanation of it can be tricky because, from the perspective of someone watching a session, it can seem like very little is happening. In fact, the biodynamic philosophy is one of “being with” as opposed to “doing to.” This is not an interventional therapy, but a deep experience of the health that is available to all of us at the heart of stillness. Dr. Erin put this beautifully when she called BCST “the homeopathy of bodywork, in that it helps to release and stimulate self-correction.” Cranio-sacral work grew out of the observation that the bones of the skull have their own subtle movement or breath; that, in effect, something seems to be breathing us. This is a radical recharacterization of our human experience: we do not end at the liminal edge of our skin, but are surrounded and bathed in the energy and intention of our source. This energy is a wellspring of health and the template of information through which we are manifest. This is the field that holds in balance all of the conditioned forces--the traumas, the personal histories, the genetic inheritances--that have impacted each of us in the course of our lives. In the deep and powerful stillness that we can summon during a craniosacral session, the system can be resourced enough to re-align, to digest, to heal, to integrate at the most profound levels of our beings.

I think many people in our current culture of symptom directed treatment long for alternatives to the allopathic paradigm. The contemporary health-care mainstream draws a mechanistic picture of our bodies and our experience. However, the idea that we can harness healing intention to affect our physiology seems to be taking hold at the edge of the mainstream awareness, so I think people are ready to connect to these ideas. At its core, craniosacral work is a therapy of self empowerment; BCST practitioners are truly guided by the health inherent to every system and it is that health which allows us to resolve issues and make space for new possibilities and healthier patterns. Cranial work can be both a great physical comfort and an experience of renewal, but it can also become a fascinating embodied self-exploration along a journey towards wholeness and well-being.

Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on healing modality. Practitioners generally begin with a gentle hold at the client’s feet to ground the system and tune into the “mid-line” of the body and energy field. Therapists “listen” for the rhythms of the Cranial-Sacral Fluids (CSF) and invite the client’s system to settle and release holding patterns so that the natural state of health can reassert in the system. When a person’s system is supported to settle into deep stillness, both practitioner and client can experience the slow, subtle tide known as the Breath of Life, a profound expression of a person’s vitality. From this place of deep stillness and rest, the system can begin to return with ease to the ever-present template of health and wholeness—“Inherent Health.” This gentle, non-invasive approach to healing can have profound effects on the body at the cellular levels, changing physiology, releasing held trauma, and stimulating self-correction.

This work is about accessing the infinite wisdom that is intrinsic to your energy field. It is about returning to the body to the template of health always inherent to your system; it is about accessing the wholeness that is our birthright!

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