Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is a healing art modality that works with the energies that create and maintain health in the human system. Healing happens when the practitioner attunes to the client’s energetic process of rhythmic unfolding. This organic process naturally releases and integrates unresolved forces within the client’s system.
With roots in Osteopathy, BCST has evolved by including influences from human development, prenatal and perinatal psychology, trauma resolution, mindfulness, and recent advances in neuroscience.
Practitioners use an educated, gentle, non-invasive touch to engage with the expressions of health in your system. Practitioners are skilled at creating a safe, relational holding field with their clients.
The practitioner’s embodied presence of the Breath of Life allows clients to relax and connect with their own healing state and for changes to then occur.
A Brief History of BCST
Biodynamic craniosacral practice has its roots in the teachings of prominent osteopaths Dr Sutherland, his student Dr Becker, and others like James Jealous and Franklyn Sills.
Our body is an integrated wholeness
Sutherland recognised that our health has a movement and flow within our body. These flows comprise important relationships within the body that optimise health. When these are compromised, holding patterns can form and be maintained that compromise our health.
Sutherland was particularly interested in the craniosacral system, a set of relationships between the sacrum and cranial bones. The craniosacral field has developed over time to have a much broader understanding of the importance of other relational fields within the body that are essential to health.
The biodynamic approach, a phrase Franklyn Sills used in the craniosacral field, was a significant shift of focus in the development of craniosacral practice. It signals an understanding that the body has its own inherent wisdom, accessed when we are in stillness that will organically unfold in the fluid field of the body given the opportunity.
This shift towards a biodynamic mode of practice has, over time, changed the role of practitioner from one who diagnose and make mechanical adjustments, to one in which the practitioner aligns to the embryologic forces that formed and continue to maintain the body.
These ‘biodynamic’ forces have their own intelligence, and the practice is fundamentally about aligning with these, in relationship to another person, using touch.
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