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  • Shirley Hiscock

¨So, what IS Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?

So what is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?

Biodynamic simply means following the client’s inherent body intelligence.

Cranio = bones of the skull,

Sacral = bones of the sacrum (tailbone).

So, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is:

A top-to-toe therapy

Gentle, yet effective


Respectful of the level that the client’s system can work with

Client-led. Always.

Throughout life there may be times of trauma, stress, illness or development disorders which may impact on us in many ways. Our bodies hold the patterns of the hard times – physically (e.g. chronic neck or back pain, migraine, digestive issues, sleep etc.) and emotionally (e.g. anxiety, depression etc.).

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy builds on our physical and emotional resources to help bring us more easily back to a state of optimum health. The BCST therapist does this by connecting with the fluid nature of the whole body (we are over 60% water), the cerebrospinal fluid, the central nervous system, the muscles and bone, to facilitate change. ‘Change’ can mean enhancing overall well-being in the body to support us through challenging times, and/or it can mean targeting specific areas of need.

What do therapists do?

Therapists are trained to connect with the body slowly and safely. We ‘listen’ with our hands to the rhythmic movements in the body. Where there is a restriction to the flow of movement, we support and facilitate change. This change continues to integrate between sessions.

What can you expect?

Most clients notice a sense of deep relaxation during sessions. During a course of sessions the work can address physical aches and pains, acute and chronic disease, emotional or psychological areas, or simply help to develop well-being, health and vitality. All of these changes may subtly begin to influence daily life.

Changes may be immediate, or may take time, as your body ‘unpeels’ the layers of conditions it has built up over time. It is of utmost importance that the body is in a safe and resourced state to allow for, and to maintain, change; so initial sessions can involve building up physical and emotional resources, if they are depleted.

Babies and children have fewer layers and whilst their issues are no less significant, it does mean that they can be very responsive to this therapy.

How did Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy evolve?

Craniosacral Therapy (aka Cranial Osteopathy) stems from the work of Dr William Sutherland, an American osteopath in the early 1900s. He discovered rhythmic movements of the bones of the head, and latterly, the cells of the body. Movements in the body are a direct expression of health. When movement is restricted, so too is health. Over the next 100 years this movement has been investigated by many leaders in the field of Craniosacral Therapy, including Franklyn Sills, who has been influential in developing patient-led aka Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, throughout the world.

There are many sources of detailed information on Craniosacral Therapy across the internet. Google it. Read client descriptions. Come and try it out. No one can explain the effects on one’s wellbeing as well as someone who has experienced this profound therapy for themselves.

Thank you for taking time out to read this.

For more detailed descriptions, see:

The Craniosacral Therapy Association

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