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Craniosacral Biodynamics

Closer to me than breathing is the Creator of the cranial mechanism…

Closer to the patient is the Creator of his or her cranial mechanism…

My thinking-feeling-seeing-knowing fingers are guided Intelligently by the Master Mechanic, Who designed this mechanism.

It matters not what interpretation
one may apply, providing one’s
mental trolley is on the Wire.

~ William G Sutherland, DO

The Biodynamic Approach

The essence of the Biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy is discerning a subtle distinction: it is up to us to discover who we always were intended to be and to distinguish this from who we have become as an outcome of the impact that the events of our lives have had on us.

From this point of view, a skilled practitioner becomes like a detective who is always looking for clues that will reveal what happened to us; he holds what he finds in balance with a subtle process that is never harmed or influenced by our history: Health.

We could consider that Health is a function of our bodies, or an intrinsic physiology. This requires us to observe how our bodies are always seeking to restore Health, regardless of what our symptoms might be. The practitioner is obliged to trust the inherent process, the biodynamic power, of Health with us.

How the Body speaks: What is the body’s language?

“Know your anatomy and physiology, but when you get your hands on a patient, never forget that a living soul dwells therein.” (A.T. Still)

The language of the body is its anatomy and physiology; it speaks through specific adaptations and alterations in its structures and their functions.

The structures of the craniosacral system include the bones of the skull and spine, the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that are attached to those bones, the brain and the spinal cord, the membranes, called meninges, that house the brain and spinal cord, and finally, the fluids that circulate through all of these tissues, namely, blood, lymph, and cerebrospinal fluid.

Each of these structures has very specific functions that show how Health, our inherent biodynamic power, is seeking to heal us.

The Breath of Life: The Body’s Subtle Breathing

Trained practitioners have learned to palpate subtle tidal rhythms that move the structures of the body in specific ways. The body curls and unfurls along its midline axis, as if it were being breathed into movement. William Sutherland, D.O., who first discussed this tidal phenomenon in his work, was inspired to call it “The Breath of Life."

Each distinct “tide” seems to have precise functions that affect the entire physiology. These tides are cyclical forces that generate and maintain the design of a human being. This design, or “originating blueprint,” is both bioelectrical and biomechanical, and is the most fundamental ordering and healing principle for the human body.
All tissues, cells, and fluids seem to organize their physiological development as well as their structural and functional integrity to The Breath of Life.

Craniosacral Techniques: Profound Reorganizing Effects

Knowledge, understanding, and experience of how the Breath of Life moves the body are a practitioner’s therapeutic tools. This wisdom is used to discern the vitality of bones, membranes, and fluids throughout the body. It also reveals the balance or disturbance of structures and their functions within the central nervous system.

During a session, a practitioner will make contact gently so that you may feel at ease with what is happening. At first, you may notice your body settling softly. In time, you might relax more deeply. You also might become aware of heat or cold, tingling, twitching, pulsing or other sensations.

Your body will set the pace of this work as it unfolds, discharges, and reorganizes places in your body where the subtle flow of the tides has been disrupted. The Breath of Life will seek to integrate whatever happens and restore full and fluid movements to the tides.


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