You've found a gentle hands-on healing modality with a far-reaching range of applications and outcomes of transformation, health and healing: Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.
Through the skilled, non-invasive, non-manipulative touch of a practitioner, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy facilitates alignment, movement, breath and flow to allow the body to heal more efficiently. This practice often induces a state of deep relaxation and stillness, allowing the parasympathetic nervous system, the body’s ideal state for healing, to take over. This leads to the potential for resolving or transforming chronic or acute conditions on all levels, as well as relief from stress; promoting clarity, energy, and health.
Performed on a massage table, the client is fully clothed and the touch is generally light and still. The practitioner makes contact with parts of the body that are potent gateways to the entire system, e.g. the cranium (head), sacrum (under the hips near the tailbone), and at the ankles/feet. She may also may place her hands at the site of an acute condition as well—the location of pain or discomfort.
"Daven’s work is gentle and nurturing with almost no direct manipulation or movement, so it feels safe if you have an injury or are in pain. Yet, something is happening deep inside – after each session I felt deep relaxation of parts of my body that I suspect had been tensed for years. I’ve tried over the years to relax these muscles myself, but was never able to accomplish what I experienced in Daven’s session."
“Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is unusual in that it can hold the spectrum of healing from very effective and quick pain relief in both acute and chronic conditions in a few sessions, to a deep inquiry of what it means to exist in a body over a number of years. Some people see it as silent psychotherapy. Other people use it as a gentle form of physiotherapy, osteopathy or chiropractic. People diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer find BCST as a source of ongoing support.” –Sumner & Haines, Cranial Intelligence
The session is focused on supporting the health of the whole being while addressing acute or arising conditions that are ready for healing and resolution. In my practice, BCST has been effective in the following conditions (to name a few):
This practice creates a safe space for traumatic experiences to emerge and resolve smoothly without being overwhelming or re-stimulating. Because of its gentle and non-invasive approach, BCST is appropriate for all ages and conditions, including infants, children, elders, and people suffering from acute trauma.
"I’m always aware with Daven that her gifts are not just those of technique, understanding and a real kindness of touch. She brings a supple and deep intuitive feeling for what is emerging, for what the body and its energies may need. It’s as if she can sense the body as a subtle rise and fall of unfolding questions. And her hands listen. Never manipulative, always empathic, her work for me brings a wonderful quietude and peace. Thank you, Daven . . ."