Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

The smartest thing in the room is the intelligence expressed in our bodies…..

This is the underlying principle on which Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is based. There are millions of years of evolution behind the forms and processes that create our bodies and maintain our wellbeing. This ancient yet ever evolving intelligence is the key to working with our health.

 BCST is a health therapy that is suitable for any age group, and for supporting and managing any kind of health requirement. It functions through gentle touch rather than the application of any mechanical pressure as it assists the body’s own capacity for repair. As a therapy it is based on the innate intelligence of humans to both create and organise their own health. This is something that we have all done since we were first conceived.  We have grown and developed ourselves on a daily basis since that time, and we continue to do so.

In BCST practitioners connect to their clients via a series of gentle cradling holds, and orientate to the body’s tissues, such as organs, bones and connective tissue, and its fluids, such as blood, cerebral spinal fluid and interstitial fluid. Subtle movements in the body’s fluid and tissue fields are listened for or felt, and the art of the therapist is to connect with these underlying dynamics. Practitioners become highly skilled at listening to the body’s inherent health and the areas where greater resources are needed to assist with illness or injury. This creates the opportunity for the innate capacity of the body to bring about authentic change. Adjustments made will be physiological and psycho-emotional, and they are prioritised by the client’s system rather than the practitioner. Practitioners take up a position of being neutral and allow the treatment to unfold. They simply facilitate the body towards reorganisation across its tissues, its fluid matrix, and its energetic and emotional layers. BCST creates a safe space for injuries, illnesses, or traumatic experiences to emerge and resolve without overwhelming the client.

BCST takes a whole person approach to healing and the inter-connectedness of mind, body and spirit are deeply acknowledged. When a therapist is present with someone’s expression of their life force, there is a profound effect created that brings about healing. This potential is created by being listened to, by being heard without intervention or trying to offer solutions. Someone has acknowledged who you are. It’s the deepest form of communication; being to being. BCST therapists bring this communication into the therapeutic space. And clients respond to this touch, this neutral acknowledgement and listening with profound results.

BCST has developed from osteopathic roots starting with William Sutherland’s work in Cranial Osteopathy from the late 1800s through to the mid-1900s. Then in the mid-1980s, John Upledger coined the term Craniosacral Therapy and started teaching it to non-osteopaths. By the late 1980s, Franklyn Sills had developed a fuller model of working with trauma processes that recognised the holistic nature of the human body. Body Intelligence training was developed in its current form in 2007 by Ged Sumner to facilitate a greater depth and breadth of training for future practitioners in the biodynamic field.

Body Intelligence as an organisation are now training students in 32 courses in 17 countries. Nelson is the latest region to be able to benefit from this opportunity. A course is starting in September 2015 at Fairfield House, and is being taught by Simon Gosling, Lolly Dadley- Moore and Angela Wheeler. The course takes the form of 9 five day seminars, each focusing on a particular aspect of health, with an optional 10th seminar on Mother and Child health. There is an emphasis on experiential learning that enables the students to fully comprehend the nature of the elements of anatomy and physiology they are being taught. It also creates the opportunity to become more aware of their own somato-emotional patterns which is essential to becoming an effective practitioner. Accreditation with professional bodies such as Pacific Association of Craniosacral Therapists (PACT) are possible once certification has been achieved.

BCST is creating a choice of health care for those who want true change and optimisation of their health. Because it acknowledges fundamentally that health and changes in health arise from within the client themselves, then the management of that health is also accomplished by the client’s own system, supported and facilitated by a skilled practitioner. It is a safe, gentle, yet profound therapy.

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