Biodynamic craniosacral is based on first and foremost the SHAWNEE INDIANS method of bonesetting which Dr Andrew Still–the “father of osteopathy” grew up with. Additionally, the studies and work of osteopath Dr William Garner Sutherland who stopped adjusting patients for five years while simply holding their head and observed each person’s system has their own inherent treatment plan.
It is a subtle but powerful way the therapist makes light contact at the client’s head, low back and /or heels and at times directly over an injured site, and holds a listening touch which some therapists intersperse with polarity therapy or pressing on acupressure points.
Adding other related modalities such as Natural Facial Rejuvenation may be chosen by the therapist to assist a client in settling their nervous system and until a “holistic shift” can be attained so the biodynamic work can then be accessed. (This varies depending on treatment plan.) Verbal cues by the therapist can be helpful for somatic resourcing.
The client remains fully clothed in comfortable clothing, reclining on a treatment table or in some cases, seated and/ or holding their infant or child as the therapist places a light touch contacting the cranium or sacrum.
The therapist is a facilitator, listening with the hands while setting fulcrums which allow a series of potential non-velocity self-adjustments of the client to take place, assisting to settle the nervous system and then as non-invasively as possible encourages the client’s natural healing system to activate the flow of and create renewed craniosacral fluid in the choroid plexi of the ventricles in the brain, which is often a great pain reliever… This CSF, in chronic pain, injury, accidents, post-surgery is known to become gelled up rather than a liquid state in the back and cranium. Once the ventricles of the brain are cleared by the increased flow of CSF they will then tend to create fresh CSF exuded from the choroid plexi. This often gives pronounced relief of pain and / or a sense of calmness and wholeness. This is just one of the processes and helpful outcomes of this therapy.
Sea will describe and verbally explain the process before during and after the session as needed. You may feel a series of levels of deepening relaxation and at times small twitches or subtle large wavelike sensations throughout the limbs or head in that relaxed state, as small charges of nervous system “static” if you will, are gently and involuntarily released, resulting in a lighter feeling in areas that had felt numb, tight, heavy, painful or blank as the shock and trauma density in the tissues is decompressed as part of the way the body inherently processes these incidents as part of reversing a “freeze” response. Similarly if there is no obvious sensations of the body shifting, that will also be deepened into and inquired into as that is the presenting way of your system and it will be listened to as well. Sea will help coach you on the table if needed in how to notice sensations of energy movement and using a series of questions about just noticing your weight on the table and where you might feel heavier on one side or the other, helping you to settle more deeply in relaxation, intention to rest the adrenal glands, go into a parasympathetic mode where the body does rest and repair and can resolve past trauma and injury.
The study and field of somatic resourcing greatly informs Sea’s work with clients. Peter Levine’s book “Waking The Tiger” describes how animals observed in the wild after a mortal threat or injury will find a cave or safe spot to lie down and go through series of shaking and trembling perhaps for several days and then just get up and walk away as though nothing happened. This led to speculation and more research that the body’s nervous system can internally adjust itself with the use of rest and involuntary trembling in a safe spot. Similarly, observing protoplasm under a microscope there was findings that indicate nature groups around injured natural organisms to support a restorative process of a subtle series of “unfreezing” “discharging” of some type of compressed energy which had been constricting the tissues, causing pain, restricting range of motion etc etc and Sea has copies of these lab research results. These are just several examples of how humans heal and in addition to the impeccable anatomy and physiology study required for the two year training certification, there is also study of embryology but also study of quantum physics and neurobiology. The two year 750hr training was created by an osteopathic physician for nurses and bodyworkers. Upledger helped bring this work into the mainstream eye and then the biodynamic field branched out and is known as the fluid-mechanical model of craniosacral with Buddhist and mystical roots that Sea practices. Additionally Sea’s Quaker upbringing then nature-based indigenous background of spirituality with eastern meditation inform her work.
This does not necessarily have to infringe on anyone’s spiritual or religious beliefs at all. Please inquire if you have any questions about that aspect.
Depending on the severity of the issue and response time to the treatments the number of treatments needed can vary greatly. Most clients are very happy within their first session even if they have a long ways to go to completely be pain free or completely have the body release all the trauma.
For example, in Stillness of Life Dr Stills had clients in severe car accidents he worked with for several years weekly to make the gains needed. It is suggested to try at least six sessions to evaluate if this may be something that can resolve and reverse one’s pain or condition.
There are quite a few aspects of this therapy process in no particular order of importance listed. Sea will, as mentioned above, describe the process to you at your session and it’s sometimes a lot easier to explain when actually on the table with the hands on since that will give you a chance to feel what is going on and then when it is described in more technical terms it will make more sense.
After the session Sea will leave the room and ask you to make your way up very slowly off the table and bring you a glass of water and see how you are feeling. She will spend a few minutes with you debriefing once you are upright to see if you have any questions or if she would like to mention any aspects of the session and processes and comment on selfcare for the following 24-48 hours after the session. Usually the client’s system will continue to process and make good gains in the following days and it’s good to avoid any extreme sports, excess stress and to rest, go to bed early, eat healthy (like organic salads and vegetable juices, herb teas), hydrate and do light exercise or walking.
If you have been in a heightened state of shock for example after a car accident or lengthy pressure and stress from work or relationship stress and your BCST session is very deep, you may actually find you are very tired the next few days. This is because after being so wound up on adrenaline, if you will, for this extended time of your life is actually super draining and so if the session actually let you drop that all and downregulate the nervous system, you are actually feeling what you really are exhausted all this time so this is giving you the window to rest deeply the next few days so try to allow for longer than usual night’s sleep and arrange even a short power naps during the day can do wonders to let your body continue to heal while resting. Sea can show you a resting posture for those times you don’t have a lot of time for a nap but can take ten minutes or so.
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