What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST)?
BCST is a modality that uses light touch to release stress and emotional tension held in the body, which often manifests as pain and dysfunction.
It takes principles from osteopathy from which it was developed and incorporates the science behind polyvagal theory which describes how the nervous system responds to stress, and the pioneering work of Peter Levine on therapeutic release of stress/trauma.
This modality is particularly useful for stubborn pain from old physical injuries including motor vehicle accidents because the subconscious part of the brain can sometimes fail to recognize that the emergency is over, and continuously sends a message via the nervous system to parts of the body to remain tense long after the fact*, leading to pain and improper muscle and/or organ function. BCST communicates directly to the subconscious part of the brain that it is safe to let go, and re-establishes a healthy neuromuscular connection to affected body parts.
Initial visit (60 mins) $99
Follow-up visit (45 mins) $79
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BCST is also useful for a number of other conditions, including emotional issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression. In addition to providing treatment, I provide the tools for clients to continue processing difficult emotional states in their own time which empowers them to participate directly in their own healing process. It is notable that people with higher baseline levels of anxiety and stress are statistically more likely to experience health problems as they age. As such, by helping people achieve a lasting healthier emotional state, BCST is a powerful preventative measure for disease.
Is it different from massage therapy? Very. There is no manipulation of soft tissue in BCST; the touch is light and still, as the intention is to ‘listen’ to the body and create a safe space in which the nervous system can release. The client remains fully clothed throughout, lying face up on a massage table which the practitioner uses a series of holds on the body. Generally people describe it as deeply relaxing and sometimes fall asleep. It is possible to experience sensations during and after the treatment such as heat, cold, shakiness, spontaneous changes in breathing patterns and heart rate. These are all normal responses when the nervous system discharges bottled stress, and are nothing to worry about.
Because there are so many ways stress, emotions, and physical injury can impact the body, BCST can be helpful with symptoms for a large range of conditions, including but not limited to:
- digestive disorders
- autoimmune disorders
- migraines and chronic headaches
- pain that does not resolve or gets worse with massage/physiotherapy
- pelvic floor dysfunction
- sprains/strains, inflamed fascia
- psychological issues
- interpersonal/relational trauma
BCST is NOT useful for the following circumstances:
- repairing damage to the spinal cord
- infections – viral, bacterial, or fungal
- conditions resulting from inadequate nutrition status
Finally, BCST can also be beneficial to people who have no conditions, but are interested in experiencing a greater sense of body awareness and groundedness. It is a wonderful way to build innate health and resilience within yourself.
If you have questions about BCST treatments or are curious to know whether you could benefit, feel free to contact us and we will gladly provide a free consultation.
*(note: BCST treatments are safe to begin immediately after most accidents when the injury is still acute provided doctor clearance is obtained – I recommend booking as soon as possible as fewer treatments are typically needed if an injury is addressed sooner than later).
RMT 6, B.Sc Molecular Genetics, B.Sc Nutrition, Dip. 2200 hour Therapeutic Massage, Dip. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therap