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Helping clients to release stress and trauma thus enabling
the body to heal itself

Regina

Welcome to Cranial Matters

I am a qualified Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and I love how subtle yet profound craniosacral therapy is. It has tranformed my health and wellbeing and I hope to help with yours.. First you might ask:


What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands on whole body treatment, suitable for all ages. The client is fully clothed and lying down. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a whole person approach to rebalance the nervous system, which governs all of the body’s function. The cranial bones are designed to express a small degree of motion, which is produced by the body’s inherent life force “Breath of Life”. The subtle rhythms created by the Breath of Life are a fundamental expression of our health and vitality. Our bodies become conditioned and patterned by the experiences of stress and trauma, which must be dissipated otherwise the body will store it and disrupt the flow of Breath of Life. Thus, it has an implication on our health at the cellular level. Such stress and trauma can be caused by physical injuries, emotional and psychological stresses, birth trauma and even toxicity.

“Having experienced craniosacral therapy before, I already had an expectation of the process of the treatment. So I was more than happy with Regina's style as you will always feel relaxed and never rushed” -Andrew
“When the treatment was over I felt a sense of lightness as though a burden I had been carrying had lifted. My body no longer held on to that experience and I was free.” -Christine
“Regina had a professional manner and made me feel very comfortable on her couch asking how I was currently feeling after going gently through my health history.” -Holly

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What to expect from a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy session?

A Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy session will begin with the therapist discussing with the client a health history and the desirable outcome. The client is fully clothed throughout, comfortably lying down. The therapist will ask for feedback on what the client is experiencing. The Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy treatment will involve a light and gentle touch beginning at the feet and moving to any areas of particular of concern. The treatment will last one hour, during which the therapist will ‘tune in’ to the client’s body and track changes in their system leading to the desired outcome. A simple single session of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can have a significant effect, but it sometimes takes a number of session to achieve the ultimate outcome.

As the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy session moves along the client may experience:

  • Deep relaxation
  • A meditative state
  • A dreamlike awareness
  • Memories or insights
  • Sensations of warmth, widening or floating
  • Sensations of energy being released
  • Feeling of integration of body, mind and spirit

When the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy treatment is finished you can feel:

  • Energised and relaxed
  • Having a straighter posture
  • More comfortable feeling in the body
  • Sensation of peace and contentment
  • Sleep pattern improvement
  • Easier and deeper breathing

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy facilitates the release of any kind of trauma that has been experienced.

The story of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Over a hundred years ago osteopath, Dr. William Garner Sutherland (1873-1954), was examining cranial bones and their sutures (edge of the bones) when he questioned whether cranial bones are designed to express a small degree of motion.

Part of his research included the wearing a custom made helmet with straps on along all the different suture lines, which he could tighten up to restrict certain cranial bone movements. He wanted to see if such restriction would have any implication on his health.

Soon he started to experience a whole host of symptoms from mental confusion to digestion problems, which confirmed his theory. (Since then his theories have been scientifically proven.)
Sutherland concluded that the cranial movements are produced by the body’s inherent life force, which he called ‘Breath of Life’. During his research Dr. Sutherland realised that the motion of cranial bones is only one element in the system of subtle rhythms involving the whole body. Particularly important is the rhythmic motion of fluids and tissues at the core of the body, including the cerebrospinal fluid, central nervous system, the membranes (which surrounds our brain and spinal cord), the sacrum as well as the cranial bones, which he called Primary Respiration generated by the ‘Breath of Life’. In 1945 Sutherland was holding a dying man’s system and had a direct experience with the ‘Breath of Life’ which changed his understanding of his approach to healing work.

He moved away from the use of motion testing and the application of techniques to an approach where no force from outside is used instead focusing on Primary Respiration. Thus the hallmark of a Biodynamic Craniosacral approach is a direct orientation to the universal and conditional forces of life. In this approach, the practitioner:

1. Achieves a still and receptive state

2. Negotiates a relationship with the client’s system

3. Feels for the primary respiration

4. Waits for a shift within the client’s system then follows the body’s treatment protocol

5. Holds the space for healing to take place
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My story

In 2006 I joined the health industry with the aim of relieving clients’ from pain. However, my story began when I was ten years old and was diagnosed with severe scoliosis (side rotation of the spine). The orthopaedic surgeon advised my parents to stop me being so active because the pain would intensify as I got older. Sport was my passion and the news was like a death sentence. Despite the advice, my parents allowed me to continue with my sporting activities, but the time I was sixteen the pain was so severe I was forced to give up sport but determined to find a way out of the pain.

I began to study exercise and nutrition and to experiment with ways to relieve the pain. Gradually I succeeded and it was a joy to be active again. My hip continued to be affected and this needed regular treatments.

The years passed and I was enjoying my career as a Rehabilitation Specialist and Neuromuscular Therapist. One day a friend of mine told me about a therapist who was practising Craniosacral Therapy. Curious, I went to have a session. After getting off the couch and feeling full of energy, and with a sensation of floating inch off the ground – I was hooked. A few months later I enrolled on a two year course to qualify as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist.

During a personal session I had the sensation of a black hole under the couch. My sacrum (the triangular shaped bone at the back of the pelvis) was getting achy I told my therapist and she asked if I was happy to carry on observing it. I said “Yes” and within a few minutes my pelvis felt as though it was on fire and falling through the black hole beneath me. I couldn’t feel my legs at all and felt paralysed from the waist down. My breathing was rapid and tears were burning my eyes. I felt petrified. My therapist asked if I wanted to stop the session. I said “no please carry on”. I began to see a little girl lying on the snow frightened and crying as she was unable to feel anything below her waist. That little girl was me at six years old when I was sledging with a friend. We had been having fun for a while going up and down a hill and the snow had become slippery. We decided to take one sledge and go down together, I was sitting at the back. We hit an embankment at the bottom of the hill and were thrown off the sledge. I fell onto my back and my friend and the sledge fell on top of me. I was carried home by my dad and taken to hospital for an x-ray. There was no fracture on my spine and they sent us home. I could hardly move for a day and the sensation in my legs returned slowly during the next day and I recovered after a few days. I did not think about this incident until it surfaced during my session when I had no sensation in my legs for about ten minutes, then it began to return, but my body felt as though it was on fire.

I stayed in verbal contact with my therapist and I continued to stay with my little girl. I needed to acknowledge how scared she felt and the trauma she experienced as a result. When the session finished my legs felt leaden, but I also felt much lighter and somehow at peace as though something had been returned to me after twenty - eight years.

Since that session I have not had pain in my pelvis. I can’t say for sure, but somehow my experience and understanding of the body lead me to believe that this incident hugely contributed to my scoliosis, if not caused it. The body is hardwired for survival and will hold onto any type of trauma if it is overwhelming at the time we experience it and until it has the opportunity to release it. In the meantime the body will do its outmost to keep us moving although it compensates, which causes other problems.
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