Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
In the Beginning
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy has it’s foundations in Osteopathy with William Garner Sutherland D.O. (1873- 1954). William, a student of Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of Osteopathy, made an unusual discovery during medical school. Upon closely studying the bones of the cranium, the thought, “beveled like the gills of a fish, for primary respiration,” came to him. This powerful insight began 50 years of exploring and developing skills in relation to the human body and health. Through his continued research and practice, he observed subtle rhythmic pulsations that would ebb flow in and around the body that caused all the tissues of the body to respond with functional changes. He called this motion the “Tide”. Dr. Sutherland named this primary animating energy that is a fundamental function of health and human function, “The Breath of Life.” Dr. Sutherland’s original work has evolved both within and outside of the Osteopathic community.
How and Why
The work became known as Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. It is another distinctly different approach to craniosacral therapy. The main defining concept of Craniosacral Biodynamics is its focus on the potency of the “Breath of Life” within the functions of the body. All healthy, living tissues of the body breathe the motion of life. This movement maintains the physiological and emotional health of the body through the circulating of life energy. Skilled sensitive hands can identify energy patterns of restriction and congestion in the body. Over time, these places of dis-ease, caused by stress, injury, or trauma, (emotional and/or physical) do compromise normal bodily function, mobility and attitude. Using respectful and gentle touch, the innate Health of the system can be awakened to restore health, balance, and normal functioning. Therapists that align to the Breath of Life and the fundamental health it communicates into the body, find that therapeutic change happens at deeper levels, creates more permeating results, and helps clients connect to a root awareness of their relationship with life.
If you would like more details as a practitioner, client, or curious learner, I highly recommend reading:
Craniosacral Therapy and The Energetic Body: An Overview of Craniosacral Biodynamics by Roger Gilchrist
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