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As the biodynamic model of craniosacral practice becomes more refined, a gap is starting to open in the nomenclature of it and older forms of CST, especially around descriptions of tissue adjustment and reorganization processes. In particular, the terms ‘points of balanced tension’ and ‘states of balanced tension’ have changed to ‘states of balance’ in the growth of the biodynamic field. This is an attempt to redefine the approach to a more accurate description of what happens in a BCST session since the touch has moved from a more direct and highly facilitated contact to a more indirect approach that has greater interest in perception and allowing the body to move from within its own wisdom. I wonder if a ‘state of balance’ is representative of what is happening within the biodynamic craniosacral field now. This progress is no longer part of an approach that seeks to create balanced states, but of allowing the body’s underlying embryonic pathways to reveal themselves. This is encouraged by the practitioner’s ability to both perceive and bear witness to the client’s natural organic body response whilst remaining in contact with the relational field that arises between them. This refers back to the original development of the embryo from both an internal and external perspective of which the body naturally and instinctively recognizes. In particular, the recognition of this process is felt in very fluid movements of change and experienced by both practitioner and client as streaming or flowing. This is different to what may have previously been understood or explained as ‘balanced states of tension’.

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Like the snake video, the above video captures some essential elements of hardwired trauma responses. Notice how stiff the mouse is at the start of the video. I am increasingly appreciating how stiffness is a good early sign of immobilisation. Before I was only focussed on the loss of muscle tone as a cardinal sign, in fact both can hyper and hypo myofascial tone can occur in immobilisation.

Why does the mouse attack the cat as it comes out of immobility? Two passages from Peters Levine’s excellent new book ‘In An Unspoken Voice’ give an explanation:

As They Go In, So They Come Out: The Rage Connection

‘Similarly, when a well-fed household cat catches a mouse, the latter, restrained by the cat’s paws, stops moving and becomes limp. Without resistance from the mouse, the cat becomes bored and will sometimes gently bat the inert animal, seemingly trying to revive it and restart the game anew (not unlike Jimmy Stewart slapping his swooning heroine to bring her out of her faint). With each reawakening, chasing and reactivated terror, the mouse goes deeper and longer into immobility. When it does eventually revive, it frequently darts away so quickly (and unpredictably) that it may even startle the cat. This sudden, non-directed burst of energy could just as easily cause it to run at the cat, as well as away from it. I have even seen a mouse ferociously attack the nose of an astounded cat. Such is the nature of exit from imrnobility, where induction has been repetitive and accompanied by fear and rage. Humans, in addition, reterrorize themselves out of their (misplaced) fear of their own intense sensations and emotions.

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