What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) helps to regulate the nervous system. An over or undercharged nervous system puts stress on your body. Continuous stress compromises the immune system, metabolic balance, and the capacity for self-healing to such an extent that between 70 and 90 percent of modern day diseases can be linked to anxiety and tension. Regulating your nervous system can lead to improvement in your overall health.
BCST is not focused on pathology; rather, we seek to acknowledge and appreciate the health that is in you and inspire the parts of you that might not be at optimal capacity to change in the direction of health. One of the ways that BCST can help your system to change is by giving it a safe space in which to do so. The body is intelligent and can heal itself given the right conditions.
To regulate your nervous system, the client’s nervous system engages with the therapist’s nervous system by gently laying on hands. With this touch your system will be inspired to express in whatever way it needs to because it is being listened to.
With the BCST practitioner’s knowledge of how your body works – anatomy, circulatory system, autonomic nervous system, limbic and endocrine systems, etc – the practitioner is able to listen to what your body needs to express. Much like in psychotherapy, this expression being heard and acknowledged can foster change toward more health.
How Can BCST Help with My Concussion?
During any traumatic experience our body’s natural intelligence seeks to protect us. This is a function of our Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) which works for us without need of our conscious thought. In everyday life, when we feel safe, a healthy ANS maintains a balance between the two branches of the ANS: the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), in which we have the energy to get things done, and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) where we rest and digest. When we experience trauma, our body seeks to protect us by going into fight and flight mode (SNS) and sometimes our ANS gets stuck here.
The concussion sufferer can sometimes become stuck in a feedback loop in which the TBI symptoms make them feel unsafe and sends them back into protection mode (SNS). It is very difficult to heal when our bodies are using our limited resources to defend against a threat that is no longer there rather than using these resources for healing. The parasympathetic nervous system needs to be engaged in order to facilitate healing.
Craniosacral therapy is wonderful at bringing the autonomic nervous system back into balance and thus facilitates healing.
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Please Note: BCST is a complimentary therapy and is not a substitute for medical care. Please ensure that you are seeing a medical doctor in addition to receiving BCST sessions.