Craniosacral Therapy - Danielle Rowarth
BCST (Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy) combines a Western scientific understanding of the body with mindfulness skills, a unique type of touch and an appreciation of the body’s ability to heal itself.
The therapy has its roots in the discoveries made by Osteopath Dr William Garner Sutherland in the late 1800s. He developed an approach to Osteopathy known as “the Cranial Concept”. This approach was taught to non-osteopaths and the therapy further evolved into different schools.
The term Biodynamic differentiates this therapy from other forms of CST and is largely about respecting that each body has it’s own set of priorities that do not fit neatly into a treatment protocol. Also biodynamic touch uses a particular type of touch. It is very light, there is never any pressure, manipulation or force.
How does it work?
The therapist is trained to create a calm, still and embodied presence. When this presence is combined with biodynamic touch the client starts to feel safe, supported and held. This sense of safety allows the brain to switch from flight or fight to rest and repair. This is the body’s own mechanism for healing turning on which creates change from the inside out.
Why have BCST?
Clients seek treatment for an extensive range of symptoms including pain, fatigue, stress related conditions as well as difficulties with sleep and digestive issues. Other clients are interested in improving general physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Clients report experiencing
- A reduction in pain
- Better overall health and improved immunity
- Improved sleep and digestion
- Feeling more energetic
- Feeling calmer and more relaxed
- Coping better with stressful situations
- Improved body awareness
- Feeling more connected and aware
New understandings of the effects of trauma are emerging. It is now understood that overwhelming experiences can leave a residual impact which can create feelings of dissociation, stress and hyper vigilance. BCST can work well with the residual effects of trauma by gently facilitating the body and brain to resolve held experiences without the need to revisit the original traumatic incident.
What to expect
You will be asked about your health history and current concerns before being asked to lay fully clothed on a treatment table. Gentle contact is made, often starting with the feet or sacrum. You may be guided you to gently explore sensations and notice how your body feels.
You may notice feelings of release, small movements and adjustments as well as temperature changes or a deep sense of relaxation or relief.
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Sessions last 45 - 60 mins in total.