A Brief History of BCST and Stillness Touch

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.

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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.

Stillness Touch is a post-biodynamic craniosacral practice.

The emphasis in Stillness Touch is on the practitioner being in contact with deep states of Stillness – the neutral – and being with the unfoldment for the client, what ever that may be (physical, energetic, spiritual unfoldment). This is a deeply supportive and restorative practice that fuels us towards more optimal growth and development.

Charles Ridley uses the term post-biodynamic to distinguish Stillness Touch from other forms of biodynamic craniosacral work. Stillness Touch is a non-medical approach to the healing art of touch which emphasises an orientation to the evolution of consciousness.

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