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Cranial Biodynamics

I am often asked questions about Cranial Biodynamics. I will try and answer some of the more common questions here. Please feel free to contact me if you have other questions.

What are the different types of Cranial?

There are three types of cranial taught. These are biomechanical, functional and biodynamic.

What are the differences?

Biomechanical Cranial you use two hands to do different things at the same time. This is where you want to start learning cranial. You will be using the Cranial Rhythmical Impulse (CRI) or Cranial sacral rhythm (CSR).

Functional Cranial you use only one hand to treat. Here you will use V-spreads and Direction of Energy techniques.

Biodynamic Cranial we say (tongue in cheek) you are not doing anything with your hands. Here we are using the "fluid body" in the mid and long tide, not the CRI.

What should I learn first?

My mentor and other practitioners that are well respected in the biodynamic world recommend that you start learning biomechanical cranial first. After 2-3 years of practice you can move into functional cranial and then into biodynamic after another few years. So if you haven't started any cranial yet it will take you 3-10 years before you get to biodynamic cranial.

I have been told by several students that have tried to short-cut the process and start with biodynamic that they were overwhelmed and lost.

I've been told I can start with Biodynamic Cranial so that I "don't have to unlearn" anything. What do you think about that?

In a normal session with a patient you move through all three types of cranial. A person's body will dictate the mode that you are treating in. Often a person is just not ready to be treated in the fluid body and you must start with the soma. You may want to only do a biodynamic treatment but as we all know the therapist is a facilitator not a dictator in a treatment.

It is necessary to have a three dimensional hologram in your mind's eye and have a working understanding of the structures and tissues you are treating before going into biodynamic mode. You need to be well grounded in the knowledge of the bones and how they move; the sutures and their bevels and directions; the membranes and viscera and their motility patterns. Each tissue has a different density. This will change with age, sex and health. It takes time and constant attention to build up a "database" within your sensorium.

It is not a matter of "unlearning" anything. You are going to be learning to access different rhythms. Then learn to move between the different techniques. It will be a new and unique method for you. Instead of feeling for motion as we do with virtually everything we do we will be tuning into stillness. It is a very different process.

If someone is telling you that it is not necessary to first learn the other types of cranial then it is possible that they don't fully understand the biodynamic process themselves. You can certainly learn to feel the Mid Tide and it is "cool", but you will be lost within it and unable to comprehend what you are trying to do. Or they may be just trying to get the numbers up for a course being offered.

Who should I learn Biodynamic Cranial with?

I can't recommend anyone in particular. I can say that whomever you learn with it is important that they continue to mentor you through the process. I have been practicing Biodynamic Cranial prior to 2010 and get together with a mentor and study group monthly. Whomever you study with they need to be there to talk to you and answer questions that come up. And questions will come up!

Do you teach Biodynamic Cranial?

No I do not, yet. I am currently working on an introduction to Biodynamic Cranial workshop. I think it will be a perfect course to teach in Mexico during the winter!