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What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is among a small handful of modalities that fall under the broader category of Somatic Bodywork. In recent years this type of work has exploded in popularity and is offered by many mental health practitioners and bodyworkers alike due to the often strong results it achieves for physical and emotional health. It is based on the pioneering work of Peter Levine, a trauma therapist who discovered through his work that stress and trauma are physiological, not psychological - meaning that they are held throughout the entire body, not just in the brain or nervous system as previously thought. His discovery affirmed scientifically the mind-body connection that has been understood by mystics and practiced via traditional holistic medicine for many centuries, but is sorely lacking in much of the way health and wellness is conceptualized in western medicine and psychology. 

He began to counsel clients by directing their awareness to the felt experience in their bodies as part of the therapeutic process, rather than relying solely on verbal intervention. Through this new ‘somatic’ technique he was able to help clients unlock patterns of ‘freeze’ in the body and reset the nervous system and tissues back to a healthy state. It is from this technique that the touch modalities evolved, using the same principles and scientific framework - but rather than listening to the client with their ears, the practitioner listens with their hands.

By offering attuned relational touch, biodynamic craniosacral therapists are able to communicate directly to the body that it is safe to let go of the emotions and traumas that can become locked into our tissues. The client often experiences a very deep state of relaxation, and can sometimes feel shifts as they occur in the body and mind.  

The treatment is conducted on a massage table where the client lies fully clothed, face up - or in a position that is comfortable to them. The practitioner touches the body directly in a series of holds based on where they are called intuitively. It typically feels very still, though some people report feeling gentle movement. The treatments are mostly silent; words are only used to help guide the client through body responses or to gain information about the client’s perspective. Total duration is 1 hour, with 5-10 minutes of discussion before and after, and 45-50 minutes on the table. 

Please note, biodynamic craniosacral therapy is NOT typically effective for:

  • Fighting infections or for health issues where underlying infection or microbial imbalance is the root cause. The work tends to ‘open’ the body up and increase blood flow which can allow the infection to grow and spread. If you believe you have an infection, please consult a doctor and/or trained herbologist for medication before booking a craniosacral therapy appointment. 

  • Symptoms due to nutritional deficiencies. The work cannot replace the nutrients your body needs.

  • Damage to the spinal cord. Craniosacral therapy may be helpful to those with damage to the brain, as it promotes growth and blood flow which can aid in the rewiring of damaged circuits. However, I do not believe this is possible with spinal injuries where the cord has been severed. 

Before your appointment: Please wear comfortable clothing and refrain from applying scented products/perfume before treatments.

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