Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy has its origins in osteopathy.  William Garner Sutherland DO, recognised that instead of being fused in an adult, the cranial bones actually moved in and out like the gills of a fish.  Compression of the bones in the skull led to headaches and changes in optimal functions of the body.


This work was further developed by Franklin Sills and Dr John Upledger. 


It derives its name from cranio (head) and sacral (sacrum) – the two ends of the spine.  Within the spine is cerebrospinal fluid.  It bathes and protects the spinal cord, the brain and the central nervous system.  The fluid ebbs and flows just like a tide.  These rhythms are present throughout all structures and tissues including the nervous system within everybody. 


This expression is called the “breath of life” and is a key organisational feature that allows us to find balance and integrity in ourselves as a whole.  Health is an important feature in the natural environment.  As within, so it is without.  It is active within all of us.  Acknowledgement of health through the skilled hands of a therapist encourages reorganisation within.


When tension and imbalance are present, holding patterns exist and our physical bodies will adjust to allow us to continue to function.  Imagine a tent – without the guy ropes, tent pegs and poles, the tent cannot function correctly. When the wind blows, pressure is placed on one part of the tent.  The whole tent structure redistributes the extra tension to enable to tent to remain upright.  When the wind diminishes, the tent returns to the original state.  So too, when trauma or tension occurs within us, our bodies naturally want to return to health. 


Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that enhances the body’s innate ability to repair.  The touch is with feather light hands and may provide an opportunity for the client’s body to re-organise in a physical, mental and energetic way. 


Why Biodynamic?

This approach acknowledges a client-led session where the most intelligent thing in the room is the person’s inner knowing.  The touch involves no pressure or movement.  By focussing on health, the innate wisdom to move from imbalance to balance arises.  From stillness, change occurs in profound ways.


What can I expect in a session?

The client lies face up or sits fully clothed on a treatment table.  The practitioner will touch different parts of the body, commonly feet, neck, and head.  A session involves a practitioner listening to the body through touch.  A deep sense of relaxation and stress release may also occur.  Clients may feel a variety of sensations during the session from small movements, temperature change, buzzing and tingling or sense nothing at all.  These are all a natural part of what can occur.


Changes may continue for up to 48 hours after the treatment.  The number of sessions required will vary depending on the individual.


How can it help?

Migraines, depression, anxiety, injury rehabilitation, fatigue, stress management, digestion issues, ADHD, Jaw, throat and swallowing issues, teeth grinding, emotional challenges, low energy, back and joint pain, insomnia,  vision problems, tinnitus, immune disorders


About Linda Braden

Linda has a Diploma in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy through

In addition, Linda holds an International Diploma in Professional Kinesiology Practice from ICPKP.  She is a New Zealand Registered Kinesiologist with KPAB (Kinesiology Practitioners Accreditation Board).  Having qualified in 2006 she has been in private practice since.

Linda believes that health and wellness is the right of everybody. Craniosacral therapy encourage people to reach their own highest potential and maximum enjoyment of life.

To book an appointment or for further information:

Please contact Linda on 027 408 4825 or