What can I expect from a session?

When you arrive for a treatment the therapist will take some notes about why you are seeking treatment, medical and background history, and a general discussion about how you are feeling. You will then lie on the treatment table fully clothed, or sit in a chair if lying isn’t comfortable, but will be asked to remove shoes and belts and anything else that might be restrictive.

The therapist will encourage you into an awareness of your body and then get a sense of where they need to make contact with your system. They will lightly place their hands on your body. Most commonly this would be at the head, back, sacrum, shoulders and feet, but other parts of the body may be contacted also. The therapist will always let you know where they are going to make contact and ask you if this is ok before doing so. It is imperative that you feel safe and comfortable at all times.

The therapist will let you know what they are feeling in your system. This may happen throughout the session or at the end. You may be asked what you are noticing in your body. You may feel lots of different sensations in your body including tingling, waves through your body, involuntary twitching or jerking, heat, cool, heaviness, lightness, sense of floating, stretching of the tissues, deep relaxation, or perhaps nothing much at all.

At the end of a session you may feel deeply relaxed. If you were experiencing pain you may notice that the pain is reduced or no longer there. You may also feel more centred, calm, whole and more balanced. Your body may continue to process for up to a day or so after the session, and you may start to notice changes in your body and how you feel. After the session your therapist will have a discussion with you about what you might expect after the session and whether more sessions are recommended.

How long does a session take and how many sessions do people usually need?

A Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy session generally lasts about 45 minutes, with hands on time usually around 35 to 40 minutes. The number of sessions needed depends on what your goals are, what symptoms you have, and how readily your system responds to the therapy. As a general rule, three to ten sessions will have a significant impact on most people’s heath, and in some cases only one session can make a major difference. Some conditions require regular sessions for longer periods of time, followed by occasional sessions to maintain health.