Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
The physical, mental and emotional aspects that define us are inseparable and affect each other. Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy recognizes this intrconnection.
All of the systems of the body are linked to the cranial system by means of the nerves and adherent tissues, so that in turn its state can be manifested in all types of bone tissues, soft tissue, nervous system, internal organs, fluids and the energy system of the body.
The cranial system is evidenced by rhythmic pulsations.
A correct, complete and smooth Cranial Rhythm is a symptom of vitality, well-being and health.
An accelerated cranial rhythm is a symptom of low level of vitality causing disorders and diseases.
The causes can be diverse: Physical and/or emotional trauma, structural imbalances, muscular tension, inflammations, etc. These disorders are registered in body tissues producing blocks: active circle of chronic disorders.
It is a therapy oriented to the natural wisdom of the body, allowing intelligent innate processes that permits real changes to take place.
Which problems can it solve or relieve?
Backache Cervical Vertebrae Cervical Sprain Lumbar Vertebras/SciaticaSlipped Disc Trauma Release Birth Trauma Accident Trauma
Emotional Trauma Neurovascular Disorders Stress AnxietyDepression Insomnia Tension System Headache
Child and Adults Migraines Vertigo/fatigue Sinusitis
Post-surgical Dysfunction Immune Dysfunction Chronic Fatigue
History of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy: where does the Technique come from?
All aspects of Craniosacral Therapy originate in William Sutherland, an American osteopath and disciple of Andrew Tyler Still, at the end of the 19th century. He was the first to identify the cranial system as a physiological system that, together with the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, form the three main life systems.
Based on his work, others have taken this specialty to their own fields.
Sutherland, who had been taught that the bones of the skull are immobile, realized that this was not true. The individual cranial segments were designed to move slightly, so that it was possible to adjust them gradually and smoothly, in a non-invasive way, to improve joint movement, fluid flow and general health.
Sutherland called this system the “primary respiratory mechanism” according to his theory, in which he maintains that this is the source of life.
Among the variants developed by the followers of Sutherland is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCT, in its English acronym).
This form of craniosacral therapy was developed primarily by Franklin Sills and is based on a concept known as the Breath of Life, according to which, the tissue of the body is able to move and breathe.
More information about the Therapy
The Cranial System is evidenced by notorious pulsations in all parts of the body, as well as the cardiovascular system does it through beats and the respiratory system through breathing.
Anatomy of the Craniosacral System
The structures that form the Craniosacral System are:
- The brain and the spinal cord
- The adherent tissues that surround the spinal cord and the brain
- The cerebrospinal fluid
- The cranium
- The sacrum
All systems are linked to the cranial system by means of the nerves and adherent tissues, which in turn can be expressed in all types of bone tissue, soft tissue, nervous system, internal organs, fluids and the body energetic system..
The cranial system is evidenced by rhythmic pulsations, the Cranial Rhythm, which an expert therapist can perceive in any part of the body.
A correct, full and smooth Cranial Rhythm is a symptom of vitality, well-being and health.
An accelerated Cranial Rhythm is a symptom of low level of vitality causing disorders and diseases. The causes can be diverse: Physical and emotional trauma, structural imbalances, muscular tension, inflammations, etc.
Each disorder is recorded at different levels, being recorded in our body in a kind of “tissue memory”. This memory generates an active circle of chronic disorders.
The treatment offers the possibility of recovering a general state of physical as well as emotional health, releasing blocks at deep levels of the body.
Among the variants developed by the followers of Sutherland is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCT, in its English acronym).
This form of craniosacral therapy was developed primarily by Franklyn Sills and is based on a concept known as the Breath of Life, according to which the tissue of the body can move and breathe.
The rhythmic movement of the cerebrospinal fluid is generated in the central axis of the body and is transferred to the most peripheral bones, the connective tissue and all the organs of the body. Thanks to it, it becomes a full-body movement.
It is a therapy oriented to the natural wisdom of the body, allowing intelligent innate processes that allow real changes to take place.
In the biodynamic approach, the healing process comes from the patient himself, not from the outside, nor from the professional, who with the contact of their hands bases the treatment on listening and supporting the healing process..
Whom and how will the Biodynamic Craniosacral help?
Biodynamic Cranialsacral helps everyone. The touch is soft, but firm and reassuring. Patients report a general feeling of well-being that goes far beyond treatment. BCT complements the body’s natural healing processes and helps unlock a wide spectrum of emotional and physical problems that cause pain and disability. It is increasingly used as a preventive health measure that strengthens resistance to the disease.
In many of the cases, the patient has the ability to experience the relationship between the two dimensions, physiological and emotional, through sensations during treatment, revealing the possibility of releasing traumatic situations experienced in the past and emotional patterns together with physical restrictions that occurred as a result of those traumas.
How does it works?
Unlike cranial osteopathy or chiropractic treatment, craniosacral therapy does not use physical manipulation to achieve changes, but rather attends to the natural rhythms of the body, by means of gentle touches, as a support. This treatment can not cause any harm. It is gentle and non-invasive, and patients themselves regulate the pace and extent of treatment using their own reserves and inner potential.
The therapist applies a gentle touch on the patient, focusing especially on the head and sacral bone, as well as on different parts of the body. Its function is to listen and detect areas of low vitality and energy and use your body and mind to help the patient to restore their health, activating the rhythmic cranial pulsation thus encouraging the patient’s well-being.
Our own physical, mental and emotional aspects are inseparable and affect each other. BCT recognizes this interconnection and uses it to help the body treat itself.
The treatment is performed with the patient lying on a stretcher, with comfortable clothes.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy for the Treatment of Migraines
Headaches and migraines can occur because of a distorted rhythmic pulsation in the area of the shoulders, neck and head. The causes of the same can be several: traumatic births, falls, incorrect posture and tension. During the treatment, the pulses in the diaphragm, neck and skull bones are checked. The treatment allows the pulsations to flow in a vital and balanced way, helping to release the overload in the nervous system, returning the body its elasticity.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy for Pregnancy
The treatment is highly appropriate at the time of pregnancy. This time is characterized by an increase in weight and notorious physical changes. Because of them, the load on the skeleton, muscles and tendons increases. The hip widens, the future mother is in a delicate emotional state, sown with doubts and emotions.
The delicate treatment offers a support to the central nervous system and to the correct relaxation of the musculature, thus achieving a physical and emotional improvement. The treatment is implemented after the sixth week.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy for Children with ADD and ADHD
Many children who suffer from attention and/or hyperactivity dysfunctions and other learning disabilities have severe difficulties sitting in one place and concentrating. Their lives take place in a continuous internal atmosphere of restlessness, and/or they suffer from sleeping problems, and it is difficult for them to carry out and complete a task. Because of this, they show low self-esteem with high chances that their social relationships will be affected.
The treatment improves the balance of the central and autonomic nervous system, releasing cerebral pressures and unblocking emotional obstructions. The child will achieve in this way an improvement of his state feeling calmer and with a greater capacity of attention both internally and externally.
The sooner the treatment is performed on children —at younger ages— the easier will be its effectiveness, preventing future complications and increasing his/her potential.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Technique for Babies
Birth is one of the most difficult events the body suffers during its life. Huge forces are exerted on the baby. The head of the new-born has the incredible ability to cope with these pressures. During labour, to reduce the size of the skull, the soft bones of the skull move over each other during the descent of the fetus. In a normal situation, the chin retracts towards the chest to reduce the size of the skull on its way from the maternal ward to the outside. As a result, many new-borns have asymmetries in the shape of their heads.
When the baby sucks through his mouth or cries, his skull recovers its natural form. But in many cases, the movement is not loose/free at all, especially after a difficult delivery, and for that reason the child suffers tensions in his head and body.
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy helps babies born:
- With the help of forceps
- After very long births
- By caesarean
- With lack of space in the uterus in the case of delivery of twins and / or twins
- With high muscular tension of the mother in the pelvic and/or abdominal area that limits movement at the end of pregnancy.
For Babies Suffering from:
- Immune system difficulties
- Difficulties of breast at birth / Difficulties to suckle from birth
- Other ailments or infections
The treatment is carried out through a very gentle contact to discover the restrictions of the system.
The therapist is trained to listen to the subtle movements of the body, its rhythms, pulsations and patterns of congestion and resistance. This listening provides important information about the functioning of the person as a whole, especially in the skull and hip, places where the membranes meet and hold the skull and the spine in place. The soft touch helps the baby’s natural healing forces to release and heal.
The goal is that, unlike other treatments in which the therapist forces the tissues to be released, with the Craniosacral, the baby is held to activate the internal knowledge and its internal potential according to its natural rhythm.
This method does not cause a reaction in the body and serves both to treat a wide variety of ailments that are related to serious problems in the skeletal, muscular and nervous system and to reduce stresses.
Cases and Their Causes in Which Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Helps Babies
A baby who cries or gets angry easily: : a baby who cries excessively who must be cuddled until he falls asleep, who prefers to be held in someone’s arms, for no apparent reason, may have a continuous pressure on his skull, which can come from a difficult delivery, forceps, etc. and when he’s lying down, this feeling is increasing.
Difficulties when eating: : it takes a long time to do it, they take a long time to suck to eat. The cause, a mechanical pressure in his/her head from inside and in the neck because of a caesarean section.
Stomach pains: there are babies who cry excessively for gas, colic, vomit milk between breastfeeding. In many cases, it gets worse during the night. The cause, the nerve that goes to the stomach from the skull is irritated from its origin and can imped digestion. It may be that the trachea dilates or twists. There are cases in which a valve that does not close causes all the food to go out; this situation demands urgent medical treatment.
Difficulties to sleep: the baby sleeps during very short periods, being able to sleep little during the day or the night, wakes up before the smaller noise. The cause: pressure on the box of bones and cartilages of the skull. With time and age the person can suffer other problems.
Infections: the pressures of childbirth weaken the immune system, therefore, the baby is exposed to more infections, such as repeated ear infections. The compression of the childbirth puts pressure on the ossicles of the ear and around it, which causes an erroneous development of the air channels of the ear.
Behavioural problems and learning difficulties: Problems of concentration, body nerves, problems to be quiet in silence, hyperactivity, tendency to change the attention from one thing to another. Cranial compression at the time of delivery produces discomfort in the child and difficulties in maintaining the same position for a while.