Biodynamic craniosacral therapy - getting out of your head and into your body

The leading trauma psychiatrist Bessel Van Der Kolk author of the best selling non-fiction book - 'The Body keeps the Score' recommends craniosacral therapy - "And for my patients, I always recommend that they see somebody who helps them to really feel into their body, experience their body, open up to their bodies. And I refer people always to craniosacral work or Feldenkrais, I think those are all very important components about becoming a healthy person."

There's a lot of talk in various circles about being in the body, being embodied, listening to your body etc, largely in the field of trauma work and modalities like modern day yoga.  Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is at its foundation, an embodiment therapy and incredibly trauma aware.  When we have a session, we are meeting your body - from the tissues, to the cells, to the spaces, to the core, in the present moment, in a safe, resourced way and supporting you, as the client, to be in your body by feeling it on a sensory level.

Feeling is very different to thinking and is not the same as emotional feelings.  Feeling is about directing our attention to our physiological body and noticing what is there in the present moment without judgement or analysis. As soon as we judge or analyse, we are not feeling and sensing, we are thinking and we cannot be in the body, aware of the body at the same time we are thinking about it. It is like taking a video of a gig, you're there taking the video, but are you really watching the gig? No, you are taking a video and watching through the video. A minor distinction that is very important.  The reason being, when we feel what is actually going on on a sensory level in our body, and we feel safe enough to feel that because we're supported to find resources that enable us to have that sensory experience of safety, the part of us that has been held in tension can relax and then, this information feeds back to our cognitive brain that actually it doesn't need to hold tension in that area any longer. This then allows the trauma (tension) to release and then we have access to parts of ourself that have been shut down. Explaining is one thing, its best to book in for a session and you can feel it for yourself.

 

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