What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

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What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive holistic natural therapy.  It is beneficial in treating a wide range of conditions and can bring about profound healing at all levels: physical, mental, energetic and emotional.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy takes a whole-person approach to healing and the inter-connectedness of mind, body and spirit are deeply acknowledged.

The underlying foundation of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a recognition of the “breath of life”. The art of the therapist is to connect with these underlying forces of health, facilitating a process of natural reorganization.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is deeply relaxing. It assists the body’s natural healing processes, increasing physical vitality and well-being.

It aids in pain relief and encourages the nervous system, organs and musculoskeletal system to balance and heal.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is client-led. This means that the individuals’ system sets the pace at which the work progresses.


U.S. Osteopath Dr. William Garner Sutherland first recognized craniosacral motions and their relevance to health in the early 1900’s. He went on to study the cranial system for 50 years. During the last 21 years of his life he trained many skilled osteopathic clinicians. In the 1970’s Dr John Upledger was the first person to teach craniosacral therapy to non-osteopaths or medical staff. Franklyn Sills and the Karuna Institute teaching team have spent many years developing the biodynamic craniosacral model. Their work has created a number of other schools in the UK, USA, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, India, Japan, and more recently New Zealand and Australia. The development of this therapy continues as more understanding is gained and new approaches and perspectives are adopted.

Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy for Mothers and Babies

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can help a woman’s body adjust to the changes created by pregnancy. Treatments during the term of the pregnancy can also support the new mother to approach labour with strength, confidence and vitality.  Working with mothers and babies postnatally can help with recovery from the rigors of childbirth.

Babies respond very well to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and it is particularly beneficial to re-balance the whole body system within the first year. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is extremely gentle and respectful to the baby, and recognizes that babies are conscious and very aware.

Many babies experience strong compressive forces during birth, which can cause a contraction within their system. This can manifest as shock and trauma, leading to other conditions. If treated at this stage the birth trauma can be resolved before traumatic holding patterns become set within the physical body.

Birth trauma can lead to a myriad of conditions experienced by babies and if not corrected these can lead to significant life long health issues. The wisdom of dealing with any trauma experienced during birth, as soon as possible after birth, is obvious.

Conditions which can benefit from Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy:

  • Breastfeeding difficulties
  • Colic
  • Reflux
  • Constipation
  • Sleep issues
  • Distress/crying
  • Difficulty settling
  • Irregular head shape

Shock/overwhelm or discomfort resulting from:

  • Premature birth
  • Cesarean birth
  • Assisted birth
  • Separation from parents

Conditions which can benefit from Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

The list of conditions which may benefit from this therapy is long and comprehensive, as most imbalances, whether physical, emotional or spiritual in origin, respond to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. The following is a selection from the many conditions, which respond favorably.

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma/Bronchitis
  • Back Pain
Birth Trauma
Bladder conditions
  • Bone disorders
Breathing disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
Chronic Fatigue
  • Colic
Dental/jaw/TMJ trauma
  • Digestive problems
  • Emotional issues
  • Fibroids
Fluid retention
  • Headaches
  • Hormonal problems
High blood pressure
  • Infertility
Insomnia/sleep disorders
Joint disorders
  • Low immunity
  • Menstrual pain
  • Migraines
Morning sickness
Muscular pain
Nervous disorders
  • Neuralgia
Postnatal depression
Premature birth
  • Sciatica
  • Sprains/strains
  • Stress
  • Stroke
  • Visual problems

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