Craniosacral biodynamics was born in the early 20th century from osteopathy. However, there are also references to the fact that the craniosacral system and cerebrospinal fluid were already dealt with in ancient Egypt, India and Peru.
Its founder is Dr. William Garner Sutherland, who focused primarily on the central nervous system. During his research, he discovered that the skull bones are not fused, and that they move with a rhythmic movement called primary respiration. Every cell in our body follows this movement, which has its own rhythm and is independent of breathing and heartbeat.
The quality of the cerebrospinal fluid, which washes the central nervous system and takes care of its protection, cleaning and nourishment, is essential. Our brain and spinal cord also float in cerebrospinal fluid. This is where the name craniosacral comes from – cranium (skull) and sacrum (cross-bone).
This method works holistically – connecting the body, mind and spirit. In silence and calmness, the therapist tunes into his central line and thus gives space for starting self-healing processes in the client’s body. The innate treatment plan in the client’s body knows exactly what to do to bring the whole mechanism back into balance. Thus, the therapist does not work with the client’s illness, but on the contrary tries to make room for health, which can then manifest itself.
The therapist also focuses on inert or stagnant fulcrums, which are places in the form of a spiral or vortex that contain unprocessed experiences from the past. These places are encapsulated so as not to disturb the natural functioning of the organism and therefore a large amount of energy or biodynamic potency is kept in them. If the fulcrum dissolves, the client automatically regains this potency back.
So how does the therapy look like? A fully dressed client lies on his back on a massage table and the therapist tunes into his central line and grounds himself. The therapy begins with gentle palpation that starts at the ankles. After that, the therapist usually moves to another part of the body, chosen based on listening to the client’s body. It is a very gentle method that is suitable even for children, the elderly and pregnant women.
Cranisoacral biodynamics helps to eliminate stress, tension or pain. It harmonizes the nervous system, relieves chronic fatigue and insomnia and has a relaxing effect. It can help relieve back, joint and spine pain. It has a beneficial effect on headaches or migraines, hormonal disorders and problems of psychosomatic origin. It also strengthens the body’s immunity. The therapy is also suitable for treating trauma, post-traumatic conditions or addictions. It complements perfectly with the use of therapeutic tuning forks.