Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle yet powerful hands-on treatment for body and mind. Performed on a massage table, the client is fully-clothed and the touch is generally light and still. The work is focused on supporting the health of the whole being, especially the nervous system which is the master controller of every other system in the body. The nervous system is responsible for both your involuntary functioning (digestion, circulation, etc.) and your capacity to experience and engage in the outside world, including your felt sense of safety, belonging, and well-being.
The craniosacral system includes the head, brain and spinal cord as well as the fluids and tissues that protect them. Just as the heart and lungs have their own inherent rhythm, so does the craniosacral system. Over time these systems become restricted as we accumulate stressors, injuries, or traumas. Our bodies can become overwhelmed and require support to unwind and restore the ways that it is compensating to manage our daily experience of life. A trained craniosacral therapist will help your body release these restrictions which will have an overall restorative effect on the entire body.
The practitioner’s touch listens to the fluctuations of the fluids and anatomical structures within the craniosacral system. By lightly stimulating the branch of the nervous system responsible for healing, craniosacral therapy affords the body the time and space it needs to start repairing the damage that has built up over weeks, months or decades.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is especially helpful for the traumatic and intense cultural milieu we find ourselves in in the present day. If you’re finding yourself feeling overwhelmed, shut down, confused, anxious, irritated, on-edge, experiencing digestive or sleep issues, chronic body tension or any other heightened sense of general unease, this work can significantly help your whole body find the equilibrium that has felt elusive. It is an especially beneficial adjunct to other types of healing and personal growth work.
BCST may be helpful in addressing such situations as:
- Impingement of cranial nerves or spinal nerves
- left-right imbalances
- head injuries
- feelings of compression or pressure
- TMJ and dental problems
- trauma of all kinds — birth, falls, accidents and other injuries
- post-traumatic stress disorder.
Because of its gentle nature, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy has few contraindications. Benefits can include a sense of ease, spaciousness and stillness in your whole system as symptoms begin to resolve. Pain may decrease and you may feel deeply relaxed and centered as your body begins to release old tension patterns and re-orient to its inherent sense of health.
Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy is a powerful stand-alone therapy and an incredible complement to the Rolfing process. The more relaxed and centered we feel the more available we are to change both mentally and physically.
The cost is $110 for a 60 minute session with Noura Ismaeil or $150 for a 90 minute session.