Biomechanical CST works in a similar way to the sound of the name. It is the more mechanical or manual approach of the 2 different styles. It works with the craniosacral system which is comprised of the cranial bones, the spinal bones, the sacrum and the connective tissue supporting these structures called the dura. This supportive tissue is very important as it is in direct contact with the entire nervous system. Because of this, any injury to the dura will have a direct impact on the nervous system.
Within the different layers of the dura the cerebral spinal fluid can be found. This fluid nourishes and lubricates the brain and spiral cord. The Biomechanical approach consists of different holds to assist the bones and dura to release. This allows the tissues to realign with their health and move more freely without restriction or pain. The body is always trying to attain balance and health and CST works gently with this force to allow the body to reach that state.
Biodynamic CST is based more on the deeper rhythms, or tides, in the body. Within this style there is great focus on the blueprint of health, which is the core of perfect heath. The Biodynamic approach is more patient led as the practitioner attunes to the health in the client and follows the body's intelligence. Through following the signals of the body the practitioner knows how and where to treat the client. Like the Biomechanical approach, here too the practitioner uses different hand placements, or holds, to create that release. Yet the focus differs with the body in that instead of localizing and focusing in on one area, the body is treated as a whole unit. Working in these deeper rhythms allows for a deeper release within the fluid systems of the body. The fluid can hold patterns and memories and cause a "stuckness" within the system. This approach allows those stuck places to dissolve, and for health to return.
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