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Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist

Natisha Amaidas

Natisha is a passionate Physiotherapist and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist,and has a Hands-On approach to therapy. (Please see physio website for a range of physio conditions treated).

Natisha received her BCST Diploma through the Atmada Institute of Craniosacral Studies. Her passion and interest in BCST began when she graduated as a physiotherapist, 16 years ago, and she is currently completing her Teacher – Training in BCST at the Atmada Institute of Craniosacral Studies, (Formerly known as the South African Institute of Cranial Studies or SAICS).

She has a keen interest in the holistic management of one’s health, mind and body.

Her aim is to educate the community about stress and trauma, and the effects that it has on your body, and how to manage these symptoms.


Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on treatment, that can be performed on the whole body, where the client is fully clothed and the touch is generally light and still. Treatment is focused on supporting the health of the whole being, especially the nervous system. It is the nervous system that dictates all functioning within the body, including emotional states to physiological manifestations.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a form of bodywork that engages the energies that create and maintain health in the human body. While it is not a manipulative therapy, it has its roots in osteopathy and has evolved to include influences from advances in neuroscience, human development, and trauma resolution. Practitioners use an educated, non-invasive touch to listen for and to engage with the health in the system supporting nervous system regulation allowing resolution of conditions resulting from stress and trauma.

Who might benefit from a BCST session? People experiencing acute or chronic pain such as injuries, concussions, surgeries, chronic inflammation, headaches, backaches, sciatica, and structural misalignment. The nervous system plays a key role in how we heal from injury and how we experience and perceive pain over time. An activated nervous system creates a condition that slows the healing of tissues and contributes to inflammation. This therapeutic method supports the nervous system to return to a less activated state. Clients frequently experience pain relief from the softening and realignment of tissues.

People who are living with auto-immune, PTSD, anxiety, and stress disorders can also be supported through this gentle modality to discharge shock and trauma and access their own inner resources.

For people who experience overall health, this is a wonderful way to enhance the immune system and care for the whole self and body. This therapeutic work is suitable for people of all ages and physical conditions.

To receive a session, the client rests comfortably and fully clothed on the table. BCST sessions generally last 45 minutes to an hour and are guided by a natural progression initiated by the client’s own body.

Article by Robin Timko, BCST

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)

BCST enhances the functioning of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), which governs almost all functions of the body, including emotional well-being. It consists of the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic systems.

The body has the ability to heal and repair itself when the parasympathetic (aka. the rest and digest) system is dominant. The sympathetic system (aka. the fight or flight alert response system), can be adversely affected by the stresses of modern living. This results in an imbalance between the two systems, causing conditions that affect sleep cycles, cause chemical and hormonal imbalances, pain and the loss of biomechanical, systemic and emotional well-being.

Everyday, our bodies absorb the stresses and strains of modern life. Each experience is recorded in the tissues of the body, and may manifest as disease, dysfunction, physical pain or poor healing, due the body’s own healing abilities becoming overwhelmed. BCST aims to assist and support the body as it restores a balance in the ANS, allowing the body to heal itself and function optimally.

“Life heals itself given the right conditions,”

- Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O.
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