Es una terapia manual suave y profunda desarrollada por el Osteopata Norte americano Dr. William G. Sutherland a principios del siglo XX.Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapy
Es una terapia tan suave y segura que es adecuada para personas y animales de todas las edades y estados de salud. Así como durante el embarazo y post parto, después es de una intervención quirúrgica, un accidente o en condiciones de fragilidad. Es una terapia global, de cuerpo y mente, que actúa incrementando la vitalidad y permite utilizar los recursos del propio cuerpo para la auto-curación. Estimulando el sistema nervioso para-simpàtico, encargado entre otras funciones, de la regeneración del cuerpo.
The explanation, therefore, begins with explaining a part of
the nervous system, specifically the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and its two
branches: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic.
The ANS functions at the subconscious level to maintain
homeostatic vital functions. It’s in charge of most organ functions that keep
us alive moment to moment that we never have to think or worry about.
Some examples are blood pressure, blood flow, body temperature,
breathing, and digesting and eliminating food.
The ANS has two divisions: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The sympathetic emerges from the
middle part of the spine spanning from the level of the shoulders to the level
of the belly button and is responsible for what is called the “fight-or-flight”
state. If there is a bear chasing you, you’re running fast, furiously,
efficiently, and effectively thanks to your sympathetic nervous system.
The parasympathetic is its counterpart.
It’s often called the “rest-and-digest” state. It emerges from
parts of the brainstem and parts of the sacrum (your “tailbone”).
It is responsible for replenishing resources and repairing any
part of the body that has suffered during the day, which includes any stress
that has burdened the body in some way.
Ideally, these two divisions of the ANS balance each other out.
For every stressful experience that activates the sympathetic nervous system,
there should be an equal amount of downtime for the parasympathetic nervous
system to kick in and repair the damage.
Unfortunately often our modern world does not afford us that time.
So the nervous system (NS) has to prioritize what is important to
deal with immediately and what can wait to be dealt with in another moment.
The priority list is as follows:
1. Your vital functions. It’s fundamental that your heart
keeps beating, that you take in oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide
efficiently, and that your kidneys filters your blood, etc. Nothing takes
priority over maintaining vital functions.
2. What you subject your nervous
system to. If
you are running to work, your nervous system has to adapt by making sure your
body can keep up with the demands you are putting on it in the moment. If it
didn’t, you’d likely pass out in the middle of the street because your cells
would not be getting enough oxygen (one of the many things that would go wrong
if your nervous system didn’t pay attention to the increase in metabolic
demands placed on it as you raced to work).
3. Your emotions. If you’re angry, your nervous
system has to accommodate for the increase in heat and metabolic needs that are
required to be angry. If you’re depressed, your nervous system has to
accommodate to the decrease in oxygen because you are breathing not as deeply
as you usually do. Less oxygen = less energy.
4. Your past injuries, both physical
and emotional. Sadly,
last on the list are all the things that happened in the past. So anything that
is not happening right now is included in “the past.” Your nervous system gives
priority always to what is happening right now. If it’s not happening now and
you are in a state of stress, it will be stored and addressed later.
The only problem with this beautifully
designed system is that the system is organized around the idea that there will
be downtime every day to address the stressors that have been stored.
If there is no downtime, past injuries continue to be stored long term in the
tissues of the body. And, as you can imagine, there is a limit to how much can
be stored in the tissues before damage starts to manifest as a consequence of
Bear in mind that the body is always
oriented toward health and does its best to keep you functioning at your most
optimal state with the conditions it is presented with.
So if you are stressed or ill, it is
still oriented toward optimal functioning and health within the parameters and
resources available to it, even though from your perspective your body is not
working as well as it “should” or “use to.”
Before I address what biodynamic
craniosacral therapy is, I have to address one more component of the ANS and
the sympathetic and parasympathetic states.
The function of the central nervous
system (CNS) in general is to keep you alive. Included in this is a built-in
ability to sense and judge danger vs. safety.
When you are in danger your
sympathetic nervous system turns on and you prepare to either fight or run
away. When you are safe, you can rest and so your sympathetic nervous system
turn off and the parasympathetic nervous system turns on.
Where did that feeling come from and what part
of you was aware of the incoming danger?
The feeling came from your nervous
system, and it was your nervous system that was aware of the incoming danger.
The nervous system evaluates itself
and its external environment every 1/100 of a second.
It does this for two reasons: first,
to make sure all systems are functioning and performing as they should on the
inside of the body and second, to be sure that it (you) is safe.
Back, a long time ago, when we had to
worry about being attacked by other creatures in nature, our nervous system was
the “sixth sense” that kept us well informed of when it was time to start
So what is Biodynamic CranioSacral therapy?
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is a
healing modality that takes your body out of the sympathetic state and into the
parasympathetic state. The transition from fight-flight to rest-digest is
imperative to healing. Without that transition, the body is unable to go from
maintenance mode to repair mode and therefore is unable to heal. When you are
ill you are resting and sleeping all the time because that is the only state
that will allow for healing to happen.
How does a
Biodynamic CranioSacral therapist take the body from the sympathetic state to
Since the nervous system of every
living thing is built to detect what is going on in its external environment,
it is also able to detect other nervous systems nearby.
Biodynamic Craniosacral therapists are
trained to put their own nervous system into the parasympathetic state and
maintain that state at will.
The client’s nervous system,
inherently evaluating the state of the practitioner’s nervous system due to
proximity, will eventually begin to copy the practitioner’s nervous system.
An easy way of explaining how this is
possible is by comparing it to how our mood changes when we are around happy,
sad, or angry people. If we are in the presence of a sad person, we find
ourselves feeling a little sad after a while. If we are around a happy person
their happiness is often “contagious” and we will leave them feeling good. If
you are near another person who is calm (in the parasympathetic state), you too
will feel calm despite having had a stressful day.
I often get asked how it is possible
to have such deep healing happen when I sit next to my clients and seemingly
The answer is in the subtle mechanisms
of the nervous system. No manipulation or deep pressure is necessary when you
tap into the parasympathetic state and afford the body the time and space it
needs to start repairing the damage that has built up over weeks, months or
Cranio-Sacral therapy is not esoteric. It is based on the principals of
basically Harmonizes, Balances and Relishes stress from our body, promoting
health in it’s highest expression.
- Headache, Migraine.
- Asthma, Sinusitis, Bronchitis, Cystitis.
- Arthritis, Sciatica, Chronic Joint Disorders
- Digestive Problems, Menstrual Disorders,
- Back Pain, Neck Pain, body pain.
- Tension, Anxiety, Stress, Insomnia, Depression
- Baby Care, Colic, Pyloric Stenosis, Feeding
- Ear Infections, Tonsillitis, ENT Problems.
- Birth Trauma
- Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia, Hyperactivity,
Autism, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy.
- Behavioral Disorders
- Dental and Temporal-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Problems.
- Shock and Trauma
- Head Injuries
- Post Viral Syndrome, ME, Glandular Fever, Fatigue,
Lack of Energy.
- And many others.