Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a particular approach within Craniosacral Therapy, which grew from Osteopathic Medicine. Sessions begin with settling and a check-in about how your body is doing and what you'd like to focus on. The hands-on work takes place on a massage table, and you remain fully clothed. Our approach is rooted in working with the autonomic nervous system and supporting a restoration of optimal function. We do not seek to "fix" your body, rather to create a conducive environment in which your body can experience it's own capacity to self-adjust, re-align and heal. It is an inside-out process, which centers your body as the location of healing capacity.
We also offer craniosacral therapy for newborns and postpartum parents, please see Baby Bodywork & Postpartum Integration to learn more and book a home visit.
- increased vitality
- structural alignment
- healing illness
- trauma resolution
- autonomic nervous system healing and balancing
- general support for wellbeing
- prenatal support and preparation for giving birth
In the articulation of John Chitty, a renowned Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and trainer:
"'Biodynamic' refers to a branch of craniosacral therapy that is less manipulative than other forms. Instead of trying to figure out the client’s problem and move tissues toward a hypothetical ideal symmetry, the practitioner creates a supportive environment so that the client’s system generates therapeutic change from within.
'Craniosacral' refers to a gentle therapy based on the ca. 1920 discovery of a micro-motion in the body. Through extensive experimentation, early osteopathic physicians determined that when this motion has full expression, many conditions improve. “Craniosacral” specifically indicates the importance of the central structures of the body including cranium, spine and sacrum.
A skilled craniosacral practitioner listens to the subtle pulsations of the system as the body tells its story. The body speaks through its rhythms, micro-movements and especially through its experience-managing patterns of physical shaping. With deep listening the practitioner encourages revitalization of the inherent healing potential of the system, and facilitates the release of resistance patterns. This approach emphasizes hearing the health of the system and encouraging its expression.
Craniosacral Therapy involves gentle hands-on work that honors the client’s own self-healing process. The intention is not to fix problems, but rather to encourage the emergence of new levels of order in mind and body. Practitioners know how to recognize the presence of the Breath of Life in many levels and locations of the body, and use appropriate methods to support and nurture its natural expression..."
— John Chitty, BCST, RCST, RPP, Colorado School of Energy Studies
Sessions are held in the office in Berkeley. For your first session, please book 1.5 hours, so this can include an intake as well as hands-on work on the table.
For follow up sessions, you can book a 1 or 1.5 hour session, whichever you prefer.