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  • What can I expect in a BCST session?  A Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy session begins with a conversation between the client and the therapist. We discuss the client's areas of concern and current life experience. We then move slowly into the session, often utilizing a body scan to promote settling and internal awareness. As the therapist, I place my hands gently on the client's body and sit quietly with them. There is a process I follow which helps me to maintain some awareness simultaneously of my own physical experience as well as that of my client, always tuning in to the long tide as it arises. This process, the cycle of attunement, allows the client's nervous system to settle; from within their own body, a healing process can arise which is directed by their own individual needs.  After a session, most people report feeling relief from pain, a sense of peace and calm, feeling rested and refreshed.   
  • How is BCST different from other forms of Craniosacral Therapy?  Explanation taken from The Fluid Model: Biodynamic CST (excerpt follows:)  The Biodynamic model is based on synchronizing oneself with a slow body tempo, called the "long tide," rather than faster rhythms like the cranial rhythm, Shea says. "There was something Sutherland noticed about this deeper tempo that's systemic and three-dimensional. It has a potency to make changes in the body, and it has its own ability to direct the therapeutic process. I tell my students, 'Most of us learned to work on 8 percent of the human body. But because Biodynamic work extends to all the fluid sub-compartments as one entity called the 'fluid body,' we get to work on 92 percent of the human body."
  • How should I prepare for my BCST appointment?  Since BCST focuses on a slower pace within the body, it is a good idea to avoid caffeine for a couple of hours before your session. Caffeine speeds up the nervous sytem and can interfere with one's ability to drop into a deeper state of relaxation.  Wear loose and comfortable clothing.  Turn off cellphone sounds when possible.
  • What are the principles underlying BCST treatment?  Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, in the words of Sharon Desjarlais (, is based on these principles:
    1. The body is a unit, an independent organism in which no part functions independently. Abnormalities in the structure or function of one part of the body can negatively impact other parts of the body and eventually, the body as a whole.
    2. The body is a self-correcting mechanism.  When given the right environment and opportunity, the body has an inherent capacity to heal itself.
    3. Structure and function are interrelated.  In order to function at their best, body structures must be true to form.  Because the body is a unit, any structure in the body can both produce changes and reflect changes in other body structures.
    4. Common-sense patient care is based on integrating the first 3 principles.

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