By Kathleen Gates, LMT
What’s going on in your life? How do you manage wellness and stress? How does self-regulation enter into the equation? The work being done by the therapist during a biodynamic craniosacral session aids and allows for the recipient to attune and adjust (ie. self regulate) to achieve optimal wellness. How is this achieved?
Franklyn Sills, considered to be a pioneering therapist of modern biodynamic training says “Our physical expression of health exists no matter what conditions we are experiencing”. Our goal as a therapist is to connect clients to the health that is always present within them. Sessions are about reconnecting to the “inherent health” that is within all of us. Roland Becker called this health “potency”. He relies on the concept of holding an orientation (or awareness) of the biodynamic essence of the body.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) naturally begins to becomes a way of life. The therapist is trained in listening and nowness – creating a sacred space in the room or office. By connecting to a nowness (fancy word for being present), the therapist creates a continuum. It leads to deeper qualities of perception and awareness. This mindfulness allows a well-trained therapist to work with precision related to remaining attentive to the changes happening under our hands. We can release our attention as well, when needed, by sensing nature (sometimes outside the treatment room or inviting images into the awareness) or noises/stimulation in our physical environment (client voices in the hallway outside, a phone ringing).
There is a stillness, too, which is rooted in our biology. Much like the tides of the ocean, our cerebral spinal fluid has a flow or “ tide” to it, as well. This includes its flow out, followed by a pause or stillness, which is then followed by the return flow or wave back in. This stillness is referred to as “dynamic stillness” and it is a reference point for the therapist. A place where inherent self-healing can exist and occur. And it all happens automatically, with the system in constant communication with the heart and cardiovascular system, spinal cord and nervous system. Quite remarkable and why practitioners feel honored to be part of this remarkable possibility for healing to happen.