Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST)
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, profound, deeply restorative hands-on treatment for the whole body. It uses non-invasive techniques to help heal trauma and dysfunction in the central nervous system.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) comes from the Osteopathic medicine tradition. The craniosacral system includes the bones, nerves, and connective tissues that make up and house the central nervous system: the skull, the spine, the dura mater protective tissue, the brain, and the spinal cord. Injury, stress, or trauma can create disruptions in these central tissues causing pain, dysfunction, and sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. BCST is a gentle, non-invasive technique that addresses these restrictions, inviting the body to relax on a deep level, release old patterns of dysfunction, and bring back balance and health.
A Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist pays attention to fluctuations of the cerebral spinal fluid which create a variety of tides within the client's system. From a place of stillness, the practitioner listens to these internal tides, as the client’s system begins to access its own inner resources. The cerebrospinal fluid — as it bathes and protects the brain and spinal cord — carries an intelligence and potency (life force), which becomes mixed with other bodily fluids via the dural membranes. A Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist learns to listen deeply to the system, tapping into its inherent intelligence, while focusing on the system remembering its original blueprint of health.
BCST is distinguished by its minimal reliance on manipulations of any kind. In the Biodynamic approach, the healing process comes from within the client, not from the outside by the practitioner, and the hand contacts are based on listening and following/reflecting the client’s process rather than pushing or manipulating the client towards a theoretical ideal state.
The BCST Session
The client is fully clothed, and the touch is generally light and still. A BCST session is focused on assisting the nervous system to come back into balance while addressing anatomical and physiological issues, fluid dynamics, and energetic forces in the body. The interaction of these dimensions is of essence, and equal emphasis is given to each of them. In addition, BCST emphasizes that health is inherent in the body: the heart of the therapeutic processes is how to return the body to a greater relationship to this inherent health.
It is common for people to doze off or appear to sleep during portions of a biodynamic craniosacral session. There are times when the client slips into a deep, meditative type state of consciousness. In this deep place, the mind relaxes and allows the possibility of illness or injury to reorganize and remember its innate health. If the system is tired or exhausted, biodynamic craniosacral allows the system to relax and rest usually in a deep healing still-point or stillness.