Richard Crandall MA, RCST
Registered Craniosacral Therapist
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy helps reduce the effect of trauma on the mind, emotions and body. During the healing session the client lies on their back or side with a pillow under their knees or neck, and the practitioner sits quietly and allows their body to rest for a few minutes. The practitioner usually places their hands lightly near the feet or head to begin. The practitioner gradually touchs the clients body and allows the body to relax into a quiet state of settling deeper which usually takes a few minutes. During the first half hour of the session the client settles into a deep relaxed state where the therapeutic process starts to unfold.
The practitioners role is to facilitate an unfolding process of listening and supporting a healing process until it reaches completion. Typically the completion occurs within the first 30 to 60 minutes and in the time remaining the client reorients to a deeper awareness and fullness of the body. The healing process usually continues to unfold for several hours if not for days later so the healing process continues well beyond the session experienced on the table.
It is recommended that each client give themselves time to reorient after each session and drink plenty of water and have a light meal to help integrate the session and adjust to how your body now feels.
Relief from physical and emotional pain can be felt in the first session. For example, if the problem presented in the session is from the recent past, the healing may occur quickly however if the problem is chronic the problem may take more than one session to resolve. For example if the issue were sciatica the acute urgent need for pain relief may be resolved in one session, however to be free of the long standing sciatic problems treatment will probably include additional sessions.
Conversation with in the bodywork session may occurr as the session unfolds. Emotions from a concern, trauma and relationship may express as a felt sense. This maybe very helpful in moving through the embodiment of our feelings and helps us move into a deeper understanding of our role in the issue.
Finally, clothing remains on the body and no essential oils are used on the body during craniosacral treatments unless you have a request for a specific oil to be applied perhaps to your feet or to a tissue that is placed nearby for you to inhale during the session.