Craniosacral Therapy involves gentle hands-on work that honors the client’s own self-healing process. The intention is not to fix problems, but rather to encourage the emergence of new levels of order in mind and body. Practitioners know how to recognize the presence of the inherent health on many levels and use appropriate methods to support and nurture its natural expression.
“Biodynamic” refers to a branch of craniosacral therapy that is less manipulative than other forms. Instead of trying to figure out the client’s problem and move tissues toward a hypothetical ideal symmetry, the practitioner creates a supportive environment so that the client’s system generates therapeutic change from within.
“Craniosacral” refers to a gentle therapy based on the ca. 1920 discovery of a micro-motion in the body. Through extensive experimentation, early osteopathic physicians determined that when this motion has full expression, many conditions improve. “Craniosacral” specifically indicates the importance of the central structures of the body including cranium, spine, and sacrum.
A skilled craniosacral practitioner palpates the subtle pulsations of the system as the body tells its story. The body speaks through its rhythms, micro-movements, and especially through its experience-managing patterns of physical shaping. With deep sensitivity the practitioner encourages revitalization of the inherent healing potential of the system, and facilitates the release of resistance patterns. This approach acknowledges the intrinsic health of the system and encourages its expression.
About being a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist
CSES Biodynamic Cranialsacral Therapy training leads to BCST (Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist) and/or RCST® (Registered Craniosacral Therapist) practitioner status. The training consists of ten modules of five days each, held roughly nine weeks apart. Certification is for 700 hours of training, 350 in-class and 350 in supervised independent study. This format was developed by Franklyn Sills, RCST, of the Karuna Institute in Devon, England. The Colorado School of Energy Studies led by Anna and John Chitty has also created an Advanced Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist degree which is an additional 300 hrs of post-graduate study in advanced courses and related professional development activities. These therapists have a total of 1000 hrs of study and practice in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.
A Brief History of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
In the early 1900s, Dr. William Garner Sutherland, DO (1873-1954) discovered a previously-unidentified, very subtle movement in the body. This movement was perceived to have a tide-like quality (welling up and receding) that is polyrhythmic (various pacings embedded in one another). It seems to exist in all levels (bones, soft tissue, fluid) of the system. Despite repeated measurement and extensive study, the cause of the movement has not been definitively determined.
Sutherland and his colleagues experimented with palpating and interacting with this movement, and found remarkable benefits for their clients. Subsequent osteopaths, particularly Rollin Becker, DO (1918-1994), expanded the applications, and in the early 1970s John Upledger, DO, introduced the concepts outside the osteopathic world. Today, Craniosacral Therapy has been called the fastest-growing touch therapy modality (Massage Magazine).
Our approach derives from Franklyn Sills, RCST, of the Karuna Institute in Devon, England. The term Biodynamic is not exclusive to Sills’ work, but we use it here based on its presence in the title of Sills’ book, Foundations in Craniosacral Biodynamics.
Jennifer Hudson, RCST®, LMT, BCTMB, MNLP