Here is information about BCST from a flyer published by BCTA/NA:
What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy (BCST) is a gentle, light-touch, non-invasive therapy that helps restore and maintain health in the human body. While not a manipulative therapy, it has its roots in osteopathy and has evolved to include advances in neuroscience, human development, pre and perinatal psychology, and trauma
resolution. Practitioners are trained to facilitate the resolution of conditions resulting from stress, overwhelm, and injury.
What is a Session Like?
The length of your session may vary, but is usually between 45 and 90 minutes. During a session, you rest fully clothed on a comfortable table. The practitioner aims to create a calm and supportive environment. The guiding principle for a session is that your body is always moving toward health. Through a light touch, your practitioner will listen for any compensatory patterns that may be present, and assist your body in accessing its own healing capacities.
What is the Craniosacral System?
The physical craniosacral system extends from the cranium (skull) down to the sacrum (tailbone). It encompasses the brain and spinal cord, which governs the health of the nervous system and affects every other system in the body. Our biodynamic approach to the craniosacral system is a wholistic one, so no part of you is left unattended. The breadth of our craniosacral work includes the physical body as well as its fluid and energy systems, all of which naturally support our mental/emotional
What Conditions Can Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) Help?
BCST addresses the underlying conditions that can inhibit the expression of health in your body. The source of our particular discomforts are commonly trauma-based or
symptoms of overactivation from stress. Your therapist will facilitate a favorable environment so your body can return to a natural state of ease. BCST helps bring forward your body’s expression of wholeness and wellness. It supports your body in remembering, reorienting to, and renewing the health that is never lost. Part of what differentiates our work is we do not see you as a list of symptoms or as a disease. The underlying principles of BCST highlight the health and innate healing wisdom that exists in your body. We see you as a whole individual and work with you to create the right conditions to allow your body’s health to express itself. BCST is gentle and safe, making it effective for people of all ages. Many clients find it supports the relief of symptoms associated with a wide variety of health conditions. Because BCST promotes expression of health in all the body’s systems, it fosters well-being in all aspects of your life.
And in my own words…
I discovered Biodynamic Craniosacral work organically through my explorations of meditative states in the body with others. After I more formally learned about BCST, I felt right at home, as it gave words to what I was naturally drawn to as an effective healing process. Thus, I took a three year training in the work.
So what is BCST? The honest answer is that I give as many definitions as there are different types of people I meet. Although this is consistent with the work’s fluid nature, I understand it can be frustrating for those who want a set definition. You are welcome to ask me for a customized explanation, or see above for a more standard description.
I find it refreshing that BCST is a non-manipulative and enables inherent expressions of healing. BCST does not center around searching for the issues in ones body or mind, but attunes to the forces of health in the body. This is like the difference between being listened to by someone who is seeking out your flaws as you speak and someone who is noticing your benevolent intentions and qualities. I love how this is such a simple principle, and yet is able to be so effective.
Sessions involve light, gentle and negotiated touch, while the body is listened to as a whole. What does this mean? Well, instead of narrowing in on certain locations, the body is tuned into it as a whole, with awareness of space around. Each body is different, and in order for the nervous system to settle and make way for healing processes, there needs to be an attuned way of palpating the body as a whole and given appropriate space. When the body settles sufficiently, different layers of the body come to the foreground with healing processes that wish to happen. This is similar to how when you feel safe and at ease with someone, you may be able to share something that really matters to you and find relief or wisdom from it (but here it involves the whole body). The important point here, is there has to be an initial settling, which allows for the body’s self healing capacity to work with the BCST practitioner to determine what wants to happen in a given session.
The historical roots of BCST, besides it being a timeless form of healing practice, actually come from Osteopathy. In my humble opinion, BCST was at the roots of what Andrew Taylor (founder of Osteopathy) was teaching. Yet, with mechanical expressions of science becoming the most trusted, this “gentle” way of working became not so dominant in the Osteopathic community. Though due to the work of William Sutherland, this kind of work experienced a revival that continues to the present day. It is now being taught outside Osteopathic schools, usually in the form of 2-3 year long training programs.
Sessions usually last just about an hour. They usually are conducted with the client in the lying down posture (fully clothed), although if there limitations, the position can be customized (such as in the seated posture). Sessions tend to be very relaxing, yet sometimes people come in with highly activated nervous systems. In this case, we will determine an effective way to work (for ex., bringing in SE skills/working together to support a deeper settling).
Sliding Scale $80-100 for one hour session, (I leave an extra 20 minutes for integration if needed)