An energy medicine/somatic approach to well-being, biodynamic craniosacral therapy (BCST) is known for its gentleness and effectiveness in treating a variety of traumas and imbalances. BCST depends upon the practitioner's ability to enter a state of presence oriented to the client's inherent capacity to heal; training therefore involves learning profound perceptual and centering skills as well as the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and primary respiration. In Foundations in Craniosacral Biodynamics, pioneering therapist Franklyn Sills offers students and practitioners a step-by-step guide to mastering the perceptual and clinical skills essential to a biodynamic approach. Drawing on developments in the field since the publication of his groundbreaking first textbook Craniosacral Biodynamics, Sills provides illuminating discussions of theory and practice and a wide range of exercises and explorations used in accredited training courses.
"In his latest volume Franklyn Sills gives us an eloquent guide to biodynamic cranial practice. I know of no other text that treats the subject with such depth and clarity, distilling the essence of this powerful therapeutic modality and placing it firmly in the domain of energy medicine. Drawing on sources as old as the Tao Te Ching, through classical psychology to contemporary physics, Franklyn explores the nature of therapeutic presence and its role in healing even our deepest wounds. This is a book with heart, illuminating the way of empathy and compassion: a gift for all practitioners of the healing arts." Katherine Ukleja, DO, BCST, international teacher of Craniosacral Biodynamics.
"Foundations of Craniosacral Biodynamics quenches the thirst of any practitioner who yearns to go deeper in their understanding of the human condition and how the forces of the natural world can be employed in the therapeutic process. I thoroughly recommend this book and hope that it helps to relieve the suffering of many beings." Michael Kern, director of the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust in London and author of Wisdom in the Body: The Craniosacral Approach to Essential Health
Foundations in Craniosacral Therapy, Volume Two expands on the work described in the previous volume, starting with an overview of a biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy, which emphasizes the suspensory nature of the human system. Here we review and deepen our understanding of the "three bodies"--the physical, fluid, and tidal bodies. We also review and expand upon the suspensory nature of the holistic shift--the physical body suspended in the fluid body, in turn suspended in the tidal body--within the context of the inherent treatment plan.
The following chapters of the book orient to our earliest life experiences--the embryonic period and the pre- and perinatal experience--with chapters devoted to birth, birth dynamics, and craniosacral approaches oriented both to birth trauma and to the tissue patterns it generates. Here we orient to the prenate and birthing infant as a sentient being having and responding to life experience. Further chapters orient to the primal/notochord midline and the tissue structures that form around it. We explore the dynamics of the pelvis, vertebral axis, cranial base, face and hard palate. Volume Two finishes with four important chapters on the neurophysiology of stress and trauma and related craniosacral and verbal skills. All chapters include appropriate biodynamic approaches to traumatization and CNS activation.