All forms of Craniosacral Therapy derive from William Sutherland, an osteopath and student of Andrew Tyler Still in the late nineteenth century. Since his pioneering of this healing work, others have further developed the field in their own directions, and these unique forms of Craniosacral Therapy are like branches of a great and majestic tree.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
The Biodynamic form of Craniosacral Therapy has been developed primarily by Franklin Sills, with contributions from other sources as well. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy has as its foundation the concept of the Breath of Life as the foundational ordering principle of all life, including human life.
The Breath of Life expresses itself in form as motion. All our tissues breathe or are breathed by this Breath.
According to Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy, the inspiration and expiration of the Breath of Life produces three different physiological rhythms, or Tides, all of which are palpable by the therapist:
- The cranial rhythmic impulse, expressed at an average rate of 8-12 cycles per minute,
- The mid-tide; a tidal rhythm that carries ordering forces into the body expressed at a slower rate of approximately 2.5 cycles per minute and
- The long tide; a deep and slow rhythmic impulse expressed about once every 100 seconds. The long tide is considered to be the first stirring of life and motion as the Breath of Life emerges from a deeper ground of stillness at the center of our being.
In the Biodynamic approach of Craniosacral work the subtle rhythms produced by the Breath of Life are regarded as expressions of health that carry an essential ordering principle, a true blueprint for health, which is carried and distributed throughout our bodies by our fluids, especially by our cerebrospinal fluid.
This blueprint for health is present from our earliest embryological development and it is this blueprint that maintains our health and acts as a flow of information in our lives, not only for physiological balance, but also for spiritual and mental health, as well as the fulfillment of our purpose.
In Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy we seek to free obstructions to this blueprint in order to restore health and function as well as freedom of purpose and well being. The free expression of this blueprint, conveyed through the fluids via the Breath of Life, naturally carries the patient to restored balance and harmony.