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What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and how does it work?

Here is how the Biodynamic Craniosacral Association of North America describes it: BCST is a healing art that works with the energies that create and maintain health in the human system. While not a manipulative therapy, it has its roots in osteopathy and has evolved to include influences from human development, pre and perinatal psychology, trauma resolution, and recent advances in neuroscience. BCST supports nervous system regulation and allows the resolution of conditions resulting from stress and trauma. Practitioners use an educated, gentle, non-invasive touch  to engage with the expressions of health in the system. Note, craniosacral therapy is not massage. It’s very subtle work so if you want your muscles worked on, you’ll want a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).

Are you going to adjust my bones? That makes me nervous, especially around my head and spine.

You can rest easy. BCST is different from other craniosacral approaches or chiropractic in that we do not need to do any physical manipulation or adjustment. We use soft contact, wherever it’s needed, to tune into your tissues both physically and energetically, and in response your body shows us where it needs to shift restriction or pain. Most often the practitioner’s attentive presence and awareness of your anatomy is enough support for your body’s physical structures to reorganize on their own. There is never a need to make this happen manually.

What can I expect in a session?

A session takes place mainly on the treatment table with clothing on, though some work may be done sitting or through brief guided exercises. We start off with a brief check-in to see where you’re at and set an intention for the session. Then for the duration of the session you’ll be lying on your back on the treatment table while I place my hands lightly on various places and tune in to your body. Movement is minimal, and the work is very quiet though I will be dialoguing with you about what I’m working with or what you’re sensing. You may enter a very restful state where your body feels very still and at ease. You might also feel body sensations such as gurgling, heat or cold, buzzing, expansion and contraction. It’s okay if discomfort or emotions surface as your body processes and releases energy. Often people report feeling calmer and more relaxed at the end of a session.

How can I support my own healing after a session?

Your system usually keeps integrating the work for a couple days afterward. Drink plenty of water (without ice is optimal), and be gentle with yourself. A hot bath with a cup of Epsom salts is helpful to draw out metabolites. I am available to clients by phone or email if they have questions or feel the need for further support.

How many sessions will it take?

I’m sure you know already: healing can take time. It would be wrong of me to promise that the pain you’ve had for months or the injury that gave your system a big shock will suddenly resolve by magic in one or two treatments. (Though sometimes we’re lucky: a client from out of town came to me for one session, and afterward reported that she made some big shifts in her life directly afterward — that’s the incredible potential of this work!)

You mention releasing emotions. How is this different from psychotherapy?

Craniosacral therapy is a body-based process. Emotions express through body sensation, often in very subtle, gentle ways — and sometimes in more challenging ways. You won’t necessarily have words for the feelings, and I am trained to help you feel safe when they come up, and to help you discharge them through your body. This is where connecting into your body, with my guidance, is one of your most powerful tools for healing. I am not a psychotherapist, and don’t provide counselling support. If you need talk therapy, I will gladly refer you to a psychotherapist.

Do you treat babies or children?

I work with parents and their babies from in the womb, up to the crawling stage.