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What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and how can it help me?

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

Part 1:

head on pillow with therapist's hands on head

Are you experiencing stress in your life that you can’t completely process and resolve? The answer is probably yes. This question really highlights the main way that Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) functions as a treatment. “Stress” can be body injury, life overload, or emotional stress and can be occurring now or have occurred a long time ago. BCST is a light touch therapy that helps each of us resolve stresses in an embodied and relational space.


Let’s start with an example of a body issue since that is the most familiar to most of us when we think of something that needs body treatment. If there is some low back pain from doing too much yard work over the weekend, and this has happened many times before - what is BCST doing?


BCST works on several levels at the same time to help us see and move towards our original blueprint of health. On a physical level, the practitioner can sense the consistent motion of the bones of the skull and spine (cranium and sacrum) that occurs in a rhythm in the body. Changes in the amount of motion, position or rhythm show places where the body is processing something and together, we can bring some attention to that. In this example, let’s say we are noticing that one side of the pelvis is rotating and expanding in a fluid, relaxed way, and the other side is moving much less and feels sluggish. The practitioner will bring attention to this difference so that the body can focus on what is happening there and allow improvements in this motion. The person with the back pain may feel less pain, spaciousness, more motion, or a normalizing of gait or motion.


Often, since BCST requires that we settle into a relaxed space, it can take a few visits to see change in a particular area. There is always benefit afterwards such as feeling relaxed, energized, or clearer. Most patients start to report significant changes as soon as 4 visits, sometimes sooner. As we practice moving into a space where this type of healing can occur, change happens!


Stay tuned for Part 2 to learn more about the other layers that BCST is helping!


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