Craniosacral Therapy and the Biodynamic Model

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Craniosacral Therapy can address a number of issues with mind and body benefits. Photo provided.

REGION – Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological system in the body called the craniosacral system – the cranial bones, the membranes attaching to them, and surrounding the spinal cord and the sacrum together with the cerebro-spinal fluid.

Using techniques developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger in the late 1960s, a CST practitioner uses gentle touch and the functions of energy within the body to help correct any restrictions to this flow of this system to improve function of the central nervous system. His work stemmed from Dr. Andrew Still, founder of osteopathic medicine in the 19th century and Dr. William Garner Sutherland, the first to develop the cranial approach to osteopathy by identifying a “wave-like pulsation that passes through the entire body and all of its tissues and processes. He felt this rhythmic pulsation was a fundamental organizing force in the life process.”

Biodynamics is based on the premise that the body contains the blueprint for health that was present in our bodies from the time we were conceived. So the intention of treatment is to tap into the self-healing and self-regulation capabilities that the body already possesses.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy shares a similar approach to healing physiological, functional, and metabolic issues but with an emphasis on the fluid body. It centers on the subtle motions and rhythmic waves in the body.

A practitioner uses hands-on gentle touch, while the client remains clothed. Working around the body, a skilled practitioner then helps to open restrictions and refocus fluid rhythms, improving flow throughout the body to help reestablish and promote renewed health in the body.

This practice also serves to calm an overactive nervous system, which can often mistake the body’s own tissue and target them as an invader. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is particularly effective in calming the effects of an overwhelmed nervous system. “When the nervous system settles, our body’s metabolism is able to rest and shift form maintenance to repair. This is the essence of healing.”

Craniosacral Therapy can help address many issues including acute and chronic pain, injuries, surgeries, chronic inflammation, headaches, backaches and sciatica; auto immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, allergies, inflammatory skin disorder; and trauma and nervous system issues such as PTSD, concussions, depression, anxiety, stress, and sleep difficulty.

It is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of problems and suitable for people of all ages. Clients frequently report feeling less discomfort, more energy, resilience, and mental clarity. As feelings of well-being begin to arise, clients often notice a sustainable improvement in their symptoms.

  Written with contributions from Robin Timko, Craniosacral Biodynamic Therapy practitioner in Cavendish.

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