Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Aviva Cipilinski, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist

250-896-7139 |

Appointments available

Dearest Heart & Hands Community; current and future BCST enthusiasts, my practice will unfortunately not be resuming along with the clinic reopening after the Victoria Day long weekend, as physical distancing in this modalities is not possible. I hope to resume my practice as soon as it is safe to do so. I trust you are all doing your best to find gentle and compassionate ways to be with yourself and your communities at this time.

Know that you are in my thoughts, and I look forward to working together again soon. 
Please feel free to connect via email or phone to let me know how you are doing. 

Take care and breathe deep,

BOOK ONLINE or call, 250-896-7139
*Please ensure to follow the prompts to confirm your booking on the website *

  • Please arrive in comfortable clothing and scent free
  • 24 hours notice for cancellations whenever possible is appreciated.
  • If you have any questions about the work or would like to be put on the waiting list please be in touch.

What to expect

Initial session: 1 hr 15 min
Returning sessions: 1 hr

Cost $40-100. Cash, cheque and e-transfer accepted. No debit or credit.

Sliding scale, pay what you can afford. Clients are encouraged to choose an amount within the scale that is affordable and sustainable over time so that they can continue to come as often as necessary to get well and stay well.

During a session, clients may experience moving between waking and sleep states, temperature changes, a sense of expansiveness, subtle involuntary movements and many other unique expressions as a system settles and finds its way back to homeostasis.

People often experience a profound sense of quiet within their system after a single session and so if possible consider setting aside some time afterwards to be gentle with yourself as you integrate the work.

About Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is a gentle hands-on treatment for the whole body, mind and spirit. Performed on a massage table, lying on the back or side, or if preferred in a sitting position on a chair, the client is fully clothed and the touch is generally light and still. The work is largely perceptual in nature and focuses on recognizing and supporting the health of the whole being, especially the nervous system.

As the nervous system relaxes, in response to being held by non-invasive skilled hands, the body’s inherent healing plan begins to unfold, presenting subtle rhythmic fluid movements throughout the body. BCST takes direction from the body, listening deeply for expressions of health, presenting patterns, contractions and undigested experiences within the system. BCST responds with expanding and widening awareness offering intuitive holds throughout a treatment, for example on various places along the spinal column, the cranium, individual joints, etc. BCST supports a system to finds its own pathway to healing, supporting tension to unwind within the nervous system, allowing held trauma to release, inflammation of muscles to reduce and misalignment of bones and tissues to resolve so that fluid can move optimally throughout a system.

The body is an expression of the history of our lives including joy and trauma, our lineage, genetics and epigenetics. BCST holds all that we are in each session, allowing it to be heard and expressed. BCST offers a container to feel our experiences fully and to embrace and be present with whatever arises within the safety of skilled presence. BCST calls in an awareness and responsibility for our own health, and works with clients to grow the confidence and ability to shift their own patterns.

We live in a fast paced world where many of us feel overwhelmed, disconnected from our body and live with unresolved trauma. BCST supports clients to learn what it feels like to truly access stillness and experience safety within our body, so that the innate intelligence of our body can take flight. Accessing stillness in a system allows for the neurology to find its natural patterns to mitigate pain patterns, educating the nervous system that there is another way to experience life. During each session layers of our experiences begin to peel away, making space for integration of held traumas and ultimately creating profound pathways to healing as we experience our deep patterns shift.

After a session clients often express feeling a sense of wholeness, balance, ease of movement, clarity of mind, relief from pain, a surge of inner strength and renewed energy.

Craniosacral Therapy is beneficial for all ages and can offer relief and resolve from a variety of experiences

  • Stress, tension and anxiety
  • Nervous system and hormonal imbalances
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Prenatal discomfort
  • Birth preparation
  • Postpartum integration
  • Birth trauma
  • Abortion and miscarriage integration
  • Digestive discomfort
  • Muscle and joint pain or injury
  • Neuralgia
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Concussions and post concussion symptoms
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post surgery integration
  • TMJ, jaw tightness
  • Dental work integration

About Aviva

Aviva was born and raised in Treaty 1 territory on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Metis nation.  She spent the last decade working as a birth and postpartum doula and a quantum midwife in service to her community on the prairies. During this time Aviva cultivated the art of holding safe space, supporting self directed care and witnessing fulfilling and transformative processes unfold without intervention. As a result of this experience she learned to trust deeply in the wisdom of the body.

Aviva studied Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy in order to hold a wider space for community healing. Her goals are to support those seeking ways to process trauma and integrate everyday life and those yearning to invite more joy and awe into their lives so that our communities may thrive. Aviva believes the body has the capacity to heal itself through opportunities to experience presence, safety and stillness and with curiosity, interest and confidence to deepen our relationships with ourselves, each other and the land. Aviva sees the ways we have been trained to be less trusting of our systems innate capacity and therefore less self reliant; she seeks to remind us how to find our own way back to wholeness. Aviva’s work is relational, trauma-informed, consent-based, client-centered and strives to be non-judgmental and accessible. In the spirit of working within a greater movement of healing justice, Aviva acknowledges and honours the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples (today known as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations) who have taken care of this land–on which she now lives and works–since time immemorial.

Aviva’s medicine is both profound and gentle.

The space she holds during her sessions is just, WOW…. so indescribably safe and wonderfully supportive. I would highly recommend her brilliant cranial work (in fact, I already have). Thank you, thank you!
~ Harmony

Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is an amazing experience

Aviva is a gifted soul! It’s been a process for me but I have finally been able to release so much emotional and psychological pain that has accumulated over many years.

It’s a miracle.
H&H client
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