Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
is a gentle, hands-on therapy, which assists the body’s ability to heal and self-repair. Through the attuned touch, which is light and gentle, a person’s system is both; calmed and energized, bringing about subtle and profound changes towards balance and rejuvenation.
Special emphasis is given to balancing the central nervous system. Few systems have such influence on the central nervous system as the Craniosacral System – the soft tissues and fluid that protect the brain and spinal cord. The therapy releases held tensions and restrictions within the cranial bones and membranes. Supporting increased Craniosacral flow, hormonal and neuromuscular balance throughout the body.
Every day we endure stresses and strains and the body absorbs them. Yet our system can only handle so much before we begin to tighten and potential dysfunctions arise. CST supports relaxation, releases congestion and resistances, and engages vitality and whole-body connection.
The simplicity is its beauty…
The practitioner evaluates with light and skilled touch, the internal environment of the client. The presence is warm and clear and the touch is gentle and still. This feels much like being “listened to”. In response, the body begins to listen to itself and natural adjustments from within the inherent health mechanisms can occur. Breath, fluids, and the subtle life force can express more freely. Enabling accumulated stress to resolve in the fluid-tissue field. Stillness within this process is seen as deeply resourceful. Enabling a sense of wholeness and connection versus parts.
The way we grow is the way we heal…
Biodynamics orients to embryology and dynamic life forces that formed us, as these underly and sustain our health and renewal at any age.
BCST is known for being deeply resourceful, restoring vitality, a felt connection to the body, and the ability to rest and digest. The modality originates in Osteopathy. It offers a safe space to resolve held experiences, stress, and trauma symptoms that can come as early as from birth, without being re-stimulating or overwhelming. Treatments can be preventative or address specific conditions. As this is a gentle, nonmanipulative therapy, it’s suitable for all ages; from infants to adults and the elderly.
How you might benefit from sessions:
Clients often experience more resilience, energy, calmness, and mental clarity. After a series of treatments many clients notice an improvement in their symptoms, they experience greater vitality and a sense of well-being.
- better overall health
- reduction in pain
- improved immunity
- improved sleep
- better digestion
- feeling more energetic
- feeling calmer and more relaxed
- coping better with stress
- improved bodyawareness
- feeling more connected and aware
The list of conditions that may benefit from this therapy is long and comprehensive, as BCST acknowledges the whole person and that emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical health are all interconnected. Clients seek treatment for a range of symptoms including fatigue, pain, stress-related conditions, anxiety, and post-surgery treatments, as well as difficulties with sleep and digestive issues. Other clients are interested in improving general physical, mental and emotional well-being.
- Nervous system imbalances
- bodily tensions, constrictions, and pain
- accidents, whiplash, falls,
- jaw and TMJ issues
- organ imbalances or digestive dysfunction
- headache, migraine, eye conditions
- mental and emotional imbalances (anxiety, depression, chronic stress,…)
- Hyperactivity, high blood pressure
- birth experiences and patterns
- Neuro-endocrine imbalances
- Insomnia, sleep disorders, chronic fatigue
- Structural and postural imbalances
- joint pain, sprains / strains, stiffness
- back- and shoulder pain
- Going through major life transitions
How a session looks like:
The client lays fully clothed on a treatment table. The practitioner makes with light touch contact with your body and occasionally guides you to explore sensations. As you become more aware of resources and habitually held tensions and restrictions, your brain becomes conscious of them, it can then create change.
Relaxing is not a small thing ~ it is essential for life.
“Relaxation is what we need to do, to feel ourselves. The body struggles to feel itself when it is tense. Often relaxation is talked about as if it’s trivial, but it’s actually a movement towards homeostasis.”
~ Ged Sumner
“Our hand opens and closes, opens and closes”
If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.”
Somatic Movement and Qigong
Rejuvenate and restore with body – and movement meditations, that offer simple self help tools to stay in tune and to deepen the connection to your body. Classes invite a space of exploration and the joy to move, while releasing held tension and supporting energy-balance and inherent fluidity.
Every first Saturday of the month 9am: March: Constructive Rest -release held tension, rest and realign. A very effective self-help tool for anyone who wants a simple, practical way to release excess tension, quiet the mind, center and deepen body awareness. April: Joints – Qigong for healthy joints. Keep your joints mobile by learning ways to hydrate and mobilize your joints with gentle movement and body meditation. Mai: Qigong for the heart and summer, and introduction to crane Qigong. June: Soothing the Vagus Nerve, and harmonizing body and mind with sound and vibration. July: Eyes – release eye strain, and keep them fluid August: Micro-movements and flow states – regeneration for the spine, core, and pelvis.
Crane Qigong – Wednesday Evenings at 6:30pm from May 17 – June 21, 2023 (6 Classes) The crane is a symbol of meditative stillness and longevity. The crane forms in Qigong invite our spirits to feel light and lifted, while cultivating and drawing from deep roots in the ground.This simple Qigong practice feels light, relaxed, and excellent for the heart. It comprises six movement sequences that can be carried out as a set form. They have a calming, nurturing and balancing effect with a slow and steady rhythm. This harmonizes and conditions the circulatory and respiratory systems while creating a moving meditation that helps to quiet the mind and steady the heart.
Registration and information at Redleaf Wellness. Phone: (780) 633-7538, Edmonton / Glenora, www.redleafwellness.ca
Qigong Forms: 8 Brocade, Crane Qigong, Meridian Qigong, 6 Healing Sounds
- slow down and restore
- calm the mind
- balance your nervous system
- generate energy
- discover, play, explore
- release chronic tension
- enjoy the flow
- increase sensitivity and orientation
- improve sleep
- deepen presence
- attune to life
The Body is the Foundation for Our Well-Being
“The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand; if you want to see how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand.” Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen”