As humans we are constantly striving for peace of mind, a reset which is rather elusive given the frenetic pace of our lives. We simply don’t have the tools. That’s where Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy comes in. It’s a non-invasive body therapy that leads to an intrinsic reorganisation, a holistic movement towards greater health.
At Nude, we typically recommend an experience after having tried it ourselves. We find it a reliable practice that authenticates what we write and recommend to our readers. Nude founder Margo Samant underwent a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy session with practitioner Rishad Suntook before penning this piece. Here’s what she had to say:
It’s a very gentle non-invasive method to bring relaxation, peace and stillness to your body and mind. The whole treatment is geared to get you to relax. I did experience some mild discomfort at the crown of my head for a minute, but the therapist had explained that it might happen if some part of the body tends to be very tight, so I was prepared.
I got lucky with the therapist as a lot of the effects depend on the practitioner. After the session I felt deeply relaxed in my body and had a lot of clarity. It felt like I had spent at a week at a SPA.
Restoring body balance via Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
As a Biodynamic Craniosacral practitioner, I tune in to a client’s forces of health and help them balance their autonomic nervous system, which is comprised of the sympathetic & parasympathetic systems. The sympathetic nervous system is everything that excites & arouses. It’s the state we are usually in. The parasympathetic nervous system restores the system to a state of relaxation and calmness. While the session is going on you may experience a pulsing sensation all over your body which in technical terms is called ‘nervous discharge’. This is the discharge that happens when the many stresses from your body are released. Through that, the process of ‘reorganization’ happens, it’s the gradual process where your brain and skull relax and readjust to their natural, calm state.
Bringing the body back to its original blueprint
There is an actual physical readjusting that happens with Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy. Between the skull bones there is something called motility, which refers to bone fissures moving slightly. Successive sessions help to bring the body back to its original blueprint. It helps you get back to what you are supposed to be.
A holistic reset is the end goal
When we facilitate, we tap into your forces of health. That’s when your body takes over, starts reorganising itself, and gradually puts things back into the place where they should be. This is sometimes experienced as a drop in musculature or bones. Many people experience deep relaxation. Some people may experience slight discomfort before things reorganize, especially because a lot of us don’t know how to relax.
With each session there is little more awareness that comes, and with this, you tune into what would suit you the next week. Sometimes I recommend supplement where needed or multivitamins if vitamin levels are low. I may even ask them for a blood test.
The origins of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
It was developed by Dr. William Garner Sutherland in the US, who noticed that there is inherent motility and mobility between the bones of the skull. He found out that by putting your hands on somebody you can feel that sense of mobility and motility, because of which things reorganized themselves within the body. The therapy works predominantly with the central nervous system in response to touch, support, or aid from the outside, in conjunction with the forcefield that is around us.
My history with this therapy is a result of my experience in Myofascial massages, between the years 2012 and 2015. As such, bodywork wasn’t new to me. I’m coming up to 10 years in this field, so I believe that has made it easier to understand what’s going on with a client. Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy was my calling I feel.
Not unlike a spiritual experience
Our teacher once said, ‘If I may say so, I may dare to call this a spiritual practice and experience.’
I have experienced great bliss while receiving and giving sessions. The more I think about it, the more it feels like this is a spiritual experience. If you ask me about spirituality, I’ll say that it’s a connection to a higher force. For some people that connection comes with prayer or when they are out in nature.
Whatever it is, it’s important to keep ego away from the picture and not let yourself feel like you’re a spiritual healer or something. We are therapists. And at the end of the day, you may even have a spiritual experience with a doctor since they are also capable of healing something within the body.