WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES WHERE BCST CAN HELP?
Trauma and PTSD
Experiences that are too overwhelming or traumatic to cope with can remain in your system, locking your body in a ‘fight or flight state. The long-term effects of this unresolved trauma can include feelings of dissociation, stress, and hypervigilance and can lead to illness and disease. BCST works particularly well with trauma by gently facilitating your body and brain to resolve held experiences without the need to revisit the original traumatic incident.
BCST can help with balancing the cranium and the facial bones, the bones inside the mouth and the individual teeth.
Concussion and head trauma
With CST we are able to access and treat the membranes or meninges which surround the brain and spinal cord.
With a head trauma or concussion, the cranial membranes respond to the trauma by losing their elasticity and become fibrous. Just like scar tissue in the area of the trauma, it puts abnormal pressure on the brain. This pressure results in headaches, fogginess, lack of concentration, and other symptoms that affect people dealing with concussion.
With gentle, skilled hands, CST relieves the pressure on the brain by releasing the tension in the cranial membranes. These releases, therefore, help relieve the symptoms and helps restores optimum blood flow and cerebral spinal fluid movement. The release of the restrictions in the membranes or cranial bone sutures facilitates the brain to heal.
Babies and Children
Craniosacral therapy is very helpful in resolving cranial molding that baby’s experiences during birth. Unresolved birth trauma and cranial molding can cause and/or contribute to colic, ear infections, slowing development stages, irritable and agitated babies, and ADHD, and learning difficulties.
Is BCST safe for all age groups?
As this is a gentle therapy, it is suitable for all ages, including newborns, the elderly and people with delicate, degenerative, or painful conditions. BCST can help support a variety of problems
- Head, Neck, Back and Jaw Pain
- Sciatica and other Nerve Disorders
- Auto immune disorders
- Constipation or irritable bowel syndrome
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder problems
- Head trauma (eg. concussions)
- Post surgical
- Degenerative diseases
- Chronic stress and anxiety
- Mood swings
What clothing should I wear?
For a craniosacral treatment, clients remain fully clothed. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended.
What is the theory behind Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy?
Sutherland (osteopath in the early 1900) discovered a subtle tiny movement in the bones, membranes and fluids of the body, which he thought resembled breathing and its cycles of expansion and contraction.
Exploration around his work began to occur, leading to the development of craniosacral therapy in several forms in the 1970’s.
Craniosacral therapists recognise health as an active principle. This health is an inherent ordering force, a natural internal intelligence which is expressed as movement in the body.
All living tissues of the body ‘breathe’ with the motions of life, producing rhytmic impulses which can be felt under sensitive hands of a trained therapist.
At the core of the body the cerebrosinal fluid, which bathes and cushions the brain and spinal cord, expresses this motion in a tide-like ebb and flow involving all the surrounding tissues and bones.
All bones, organs and other structures of the body follow their own particular rhythms. These help to maintain balance and integrity throughout the entire body.
The body’s tissues contract in response to all physical and emotional stresses, such as the birth process, injuries, sickness, emotional trauma, environmental influences.
Sometimes, particularly when the shock is severe, tissues remain contracted. This can restrict the body’s functioning and vitality and give rise to problems like chronic pain, migraines, digestive disorders, depression and anxiety.
Restrictions in the body show in the way craniosacral motion is expressed, allowing practitioners to identify problem areas. These are mirrored back to the client through the touch of the practitioner, encouraging self healing and balance in the body.
This releases stress and tension freeing energy previously used to hold restrictions.