This Saturday, learn about a therapy that helps heal the body with a gentle touch
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy. The name might sound a little scary, but like a bitter pill, it goes before something better. One of the gentlest forms of alternative therapy, BCST listens to the body’s rhythms and regulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid by touch. “It’s a non-invasive therapy which helps relieve pain and encourages the body to balance its energies,” says Jasetha James, a Bangalore-based registered BCST practitioner and an assistant tutor at Body Intelligence, a UK-based group that organises practitioner programmes globally.
“Our bodies have an inherent intelligence to heal itself. But as we go through the rigours of life, we focus outward and lose this inward connection. This therapy helps us reconnect to our core and helps restore balance,” says the 42-year-old who is conducting a talk in the city tomorrow, to introduce the therapy and the Body Intelligence training programme.
All in the touch
Craniosacral therapy developed from osteopathy, an alternative therapy that works with bones and muscles. “In the early 20th century, osteopath William Sutherland realised that cranial bones moved subtly, creating a rhythm, which we call primary respiration. Another osteopath, John Upledger, built on this to create the therapy,” says James, adding that there are two forms today—biomechanical, which works with short and medium tides (rhythmic waves) and biodynamic, which works with long tides. Describing the therapy, she says, “Everyday stress distorts the craniosacral system—membranes and fluid that protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord—creating restrictions which affect the performance of the nervous system.”
Therapists use their touch to listen to the body’s rhythm (pulsing of the cerebrospinal fluid) and ease restrictions. “This relational touch affects healing on all levels—physiological, mental, emotional and spiritual. And a positive is that this therapy is not restricted by whom we can heal (someone with a headache to something more serious), so we can help a myriad of people and ailments,” says Dipika S Belapurkar, a Mumbai-based therapist.
While many call this therapy pseudoscience and pooh-poohs its claims to help people with autism and learning disabilities, Indira Reddy, a Bangalore-based doctor turned biomechanical practitioner, says she has seen results in patients. “I have worked with patients with autism. As the circulation disorders in their brains are eased, they start making eye contact and associating with people,” she says. James echoes this. “I’ve seen how it relieves conditions like headaches, back pain, digestive problems and anxiety, while colleagues have had great success with children suffering from autism and ADHD. There will always be critics, but this is based on scientific theory,” she concludes.
Body Intelligence Training offers a 50-day course split into 10 five-day seminars spread over two years. The next course will begin in September in Bangalore. Details: bodyintelligence.com. To register for the talk, call 9880481114
— Surya Praphulla Kumar