Connections to Healing

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle and yet powerful type of body energy work that supports the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

Biodynamic craniosacral therapy has a very effective role in trauma healing, both birth-related trauma and that from life experience.

Where cognitive therapy can be helpful in the expression of emotional aspects of a trauma experience, craniosacral therapy allows the physical body to tell its story.

During a craniosacral therapy session, individuals are able to release physiologic responses which relate to emotional and energetic states of helplessness, fear, or flight-or-fight that they may have experienced during the trauma.

This release allows the body to come back to its fully resourced state in a safe, supported space. 

Bettsy has completed 500 hours of training in this modality to become a Registered Craniosacral Therapist.

What To Expect From A Craniosacral Therapy Session

In a session with Bettsy, you will lay fully clothed on a massage table.  She will gently palpate the feet, hips, back, head and other joints and tissues of the body.  She deeply listens to the stories of the body, and can observe patterns that arise related to both health and disease. 

During these sessions the client will generally feel some movement and releasing in their body, their mind will quiet, and a gentle and relaxing state of rest will generally ensue. The body will begin to experience release of old patterns, and reorganization into more healthy patterns.

A session generally lasts about 60-75 minutes.

Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

Biodynamic craniosacral therapy works on the level of mind, body and spirit. Sessions evolve around the priority of your specific body system.  It is beneficial for many health reasons including, but not limited to, the following:
  • stress/anxiety
  • digestive problems
  • headaches
  • TMJ
  • musculoskeletal problems
  • nervous system problems
  • chronic pain
  • endocrine diseases
  • immune and sensory dysfunction
  • hypertension
  • grief and loss
  • birthing trauma
  • end of life support
  • personal growth
  • health maintenance
  • spiritual exploration
Craniosacral Therapy History

The modern practice developed out of Osteopathy. It is based on the work of its founder Dr. William Sutherland, D.O., who while a student in the early twentieth century, observed that bones of the cranium (head) do move, in contrast to anatomical teaching.  This motion could be felt by trained hands and could also be encouraged by deep listening, as it  revealed the body’s stories.

Dr. Sutherland was able to feel a force, which he called “the Breath of Life”, entering the body’s cerebral spinal fluid.  This fluid circulates within the spinal column and the brain, bathing the whole nervous system and thus many other tissues.  This potent force was observed to facilitate the healing capacity of the human body.  

Dr. Franklin Sills, has further developed this work, under the name of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.  Biodynamic refers to the self-healing forces within each of us.