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Sophie Haviland RCST
Canberra Australia
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Sophie Haviland RCST
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Sophie Haviland RCST
Sophie Haviland is a certified craniosacral therapist based in Canberra, Australia. She is a graduate of Body Intelligence training and the Registrar for PACT (Pacific Association of Craniosacral Therapists). 
After 25 years working professionally in the performing arts in New York and Europe, Sophie has returned to Australia to continue her work as a craniosacral therapist.
Sophie has travelled extensively - through North and South America, Europe and Asia - and has a strong interest in cultural difference and perception. Her experience working with performers and artists internationally and her lifelong ties to anthropology deeply inform her craniosacral practice.
Sophie has a keen interest in accessing the nascent potential in each of us. This is a core element of her approach to craniosacral work.
Touch - as a means of healing - has long been an accepted and respected practice in every culture worldwide. Our human bodies hold the stories of our life experience. We respond to our environment through our minds and our bodies. Craniosacral Therapy can support our true expression of self - the nascent potential in each of us.  

Sophie works with seniors; children and families; people with chronic pain, auto-immune disorders, anxiety and trauma. She also works with people with physical injuries, mental health issues and palliative care.
As well as a practicing in Canberra, Sophie regularly practises in Hopevale - an indigenous community in the Cape York Penninsula. 

When the body and mind feel safe our ability to be naturally creative and productive flourishes. The mind can be in concert with the body. As we are supported to become aware of the internal and external forces that have shaped us we can access profound forms of creative expression that enhance our lives and the lives of those around us
Sophie Haviland is the Registrar for PACT.
PACT represents registered practitioners in New Zealand, Australia and the Asia Pacific region. PACT members are fully qualified, meeting international professional standards and following the PACT Code of Ethics.  
For more information please visit the PACT website:
What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is a whole body approach to health. 
It works with injury, chronic pain, anxiety, stress and other conditions.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy stems from osteopathy, meditation and somatic psychology.
Sessions are conducted with clients fully clothed.
The practitioner uses gentle, non-invasive touch to directly engage our nervous system and physiology. 
This safe and calm contact orients us to the health in our body and enhances well being. 
What happens in a craniosacral session?
A craniosacral session usually takes about an hour. During the initial session you will discuss your concerns with your practitioner. You will be fully clothed for the session and will sit in a chair or lie on a treatment table. Your practitioner will make light and gentle contact with different parts of your body - usually the feet, the sacrum, or the cranium. The contact is non-invasive. There is no "manipulation" and no force or pressure is used. Sessions are client led. Your practitioner will sometimes ask you to describe the sensations you are experiencing during the treatment.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for all ages.
How is your homeostasis?
Homeostasis is a term that applies to all living systems - plants, animals, humans. Homeostasis is a way of understanding our natural process of growth and regeneration. It is our innate intelligence, a knowing of how to adapt to the changing environment, to continue to develop and thrive given the circumstances. At every moment we are seeking to find balance the best that we can. The body has many ways to sustain homeostasis. Sometimes external or internal forces affect us strongly and affect this balance. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy brings us back into relationship with homeostasis, supporting our bodies in accessing this nascent drive in us to move towards health.   
When are you parasympathetic?
Your are parasympathetic when you feel safe.
As humans we are hardwired to be constantly assessing the world for safety or threat. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is responsible for regulating the body's unconscious actions. The parasympathetic (also known as the 'cranial division' of our nervous system) is the "rest and digest" aspect of the ANS. It works in counterpoint to the sympathetic "fight or flight" aspect. The parasympathetic brings the body back into homeostasis. It "calms the physiological seas" of our bodies and experience.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is very effective at engaging the parasympathetic system, particularly the intelligence of the Vagus nerve (Cranial nerve X). Restoring the balance of our nervous system is fundamental for our health and well being.
Where is your interstitium?
Did you know that we are 60-80% fluid? We are mostly salt water. About two thirds of this fluid is inside our cells (intracellular) and the other third is interstitial, meaning it flows between our cells. Interstitial fluid bathes and nurtures our cells, supplying us with essential substances and removing substances that we no longer need.
This fluid space is the Interstitium - the liminal space between everything in us! It is connected and continuous - a fluid information highway for the 'chemical soup' of our bodies. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy supports and engages the fluid nature of our bodies. Practitioners work with the 'tides' in our body - the continuous ebb and flow of the fluid in us.

we are more like plants than we think we are
resource, innate intelligence, adaptability
safety and growth
trauma, recovery, sustainability
be with your body
Sophie Haviland RCST