Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Edmonton

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on touch therapy offered by Red Leaf Wellness in the Edmonton area. Our clinic provides whole health, functional, and alternative medicine strategies blending the best of modern Western medicine with ancient Eastern healing.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (CST) originated in the practice of Osteopathy through discoveries made by Dr. William Garner Sutherland in the late 1800s. His original concept has been refined and extended to become the therapy it is today.

Biodynamic CST supports the body’s health mechanisms by bringing the system back into balance and improving biological function and well-being.

Keep reading to learn more about Craniosacral Therapy services offered by Red Leaf Wellness:

What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a holistic approach to healing that considers the interconnections of the body, mind, and spirit as imperative to self-healing and balance. Our practitioners are trained in skilled and attuned touch to help improve your overall health and well-being.

This is done by releasing tension and restrictions held in the tissues surrounding the central nervous system (spine, cranium, and sacrum) and supporting the natural rhythm of the Craniosacral flow.

Your central nervous system integrates information and coordinates activity throughout your body, influencing your body’s ability to function and process.

The Biodynamic approach to CST focuses on regenerative forces by making the body feel safe. This natural movement toward stillness helps the body engage in its own healing process – switching from flight or fight to rest and repair.

Everyone endures stresses and strains, and our bodies absorb all of them. However, our system can only handle so much before dysfunction impedes our day-to-day lives. These unresolved tensions and experiences can lead to overwhelm, pain, and illness.

Craniosacral Therapy helps release chronic tension to restore vitality, connection, and balance.

What Does a Biodynamic CST Session Look Like?

When you book a Biodynamic CST session at Red Leaf Wellness, our therapist will discuss your health history and current conditions or concerns with you before starting treatment.

Once treatment commences, you will be asked to lay or sit comfortably while remaining fully clothed. Our therapist will then make gentle contact with your body and guide you to explore what you are feeling and amplify the awareness of your body.

You may begin to notice unconscious and habitual tensions. When your brain becomes conscious of them, you can begin to create change and heal and balance your body.

Many clients report that they notice feelings of release, small adjustments, and a deep sense of calm and relaxation.

The Benefits of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

When it comes to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, clients often experience mental clarity, increased energy, more resilience, and an overall feeling of calmness.

After a series of treatments, clients begin to notice an improvement in their symptoms and an improved sense of well-being!

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can offer the following benefits:

  • Pain reduction
  • Improved immunity
  • Improved sleep
  • Better digestion
  • Increased energy
  • Increased relaxation
  • Better stress management
  • Improved body awareness
  • Increased feeling of connection

What Conditions Does Biodynamic CST Address?

Because Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy acknowledges the whole person and the interconnectedness of their mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health, the list of conditions this therapy can address is long and comprehensive!

However, clients often seek treatment to address pain, fatigue, anxiety, sleep difficulties, digestive difficulties, and post-surgery treatment. Others seek Biodynamic CST to improve their overall physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can address specific conditions such as whiplash, migraines, fibromyalgia, depression, high blood pressure, and insomnia.

It can also help you transition through major life changes such as divorce, death, parenthood, retirement, and empty-nesting.

Are You Ready to Try Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?

Dr. A. T. Still, the founder of Osteopathy, once said:

“Life heals itself given the right conditions.”

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy aims to support the body’s natural healing and self-repair processes by easing the central nervous system and allowing you to just be.

There’s no “correcting,” only gentle guidance as our therapist encourages your body’s intelligence to work on its own and do what is best for your overall well-being.

Are you ready to give it a try? 

Please contact our skilled team of therapists at Red Leaf Wellness to book your appointment or if you have questions about Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Specialists on our Team:

Manuela Hofer, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Somatic Movement Therapist & Qigong Instructor

Manuela Hofer

Position: Craniosacral Therapy & Qigong
Categories: Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Pain, Digestive Health, Emotional Health, Movement and Energy, Neurological Health, PTSD, Qigong Somatic Movement, Respiratory Health, Somatic Movement Education, Stress, Women's Health

Manuela creates a safe space for her clients to rest and restore. She supports the body through gentle Craniosacral touch to release held tensions and constrictions and to re-orient towards health. Bringing the system naturally back into balance and vitality.

Manuela has the gift to support her clients to come into a deeper relationship with their bodies and the Intelligence embedded in it. Her gentle approach to movement and healing touch invites relaxation, sensitivity, and energy flow. The modalities she works with; Qigong and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, deeply acknowledge our physical, mental, and emotional interconnections.

Manuela grew up in Germany where she received advanced training in Somatic Movement Therapy, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Dance, and Qigong. She taught rhythm and developmental movement classes, including workshops for early childhood educators, as well as Qigong and Somatic Movement Education for adults. Manuela knows the body from the inside out and is inspired by the healing effect of the methods she teaches. Her practice evolved over the years, blending movement skills with therapeutic techniques. These learnings have led to a more integrated, holistic approach where sensitive hands are used to discover and release nerve, tissue, and orthopedic movement restrictions and support healing from within.


  • Somatic Movement Therapist (SMT), Moving On Center, Oakland, USA
  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (BCST), BodyIntelligence, Canada
  • Qigong Instructor Certification (ASS Institute, Germany)
  • Continuum Movement teacher in training (Donnalea van Vleet, USA)


  • RBCST, Pacific Association of Craniosacral Therapists (PACT)
Manuela Hofer, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Somatic Movement Therapist & Qigong Instructor
Craniosacral Therapy & Qigong

Manuela Hofer

Manuela creates a safe space for her clients to rest and...

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