Tim Synge

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist

Hello there and a warm welcome.

 

I am Tim Synge, a craniosacral therapist registered with the Craniosacral Therapy Association. I offer a Biodynamic approach to Craniosacral Therapy, from an established practice in Camden Town, London NW1.

I appreciate how enormous reaching out for help can be, especially when life becomes overwhelming or very uncertain, but my aim is to give you exactly the right support you need at this time in your life.

My website is designed to tell you a little of who I am, how I work and to address some questions you might have about receiving craniosacral therapy from me.  Please feel free to phone or email if you would like to know more about me, or to answer any questions you may have about us working together.

Craniosacral

Biodynamics

 

Welcome to a wiser approach to health

Craniosacral biodynamics is a non-invasive and yet extremely profound therapy that works with the wisdom already inherent in your body. It can be extremely effective in helping to resolve not only physical pain and emotional problems, but can have much wider implications both psychologically and spiritually.

During a period of crisis in my life, I came to craniosacral biodynamics through having experienced first hand my mind, body and heart being held in such a way that it could recognise as resting in a state of profound peace. In turn, my commitment to clients seeking support rests in helping them turn toward their own body’s inherent intelligence, to be present with them and open to the possibility of anything held within themselves to unfold and liberate in a resourced and safe way.

Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is a profound yet gentle form of bodywork which supports the body’s ability to repair itself. It is a very subtle approach to health and yet extremely effective, not only in restoring vitality and resolving physical pain, but has much wider implications both psychologically and spiritually.

The defining insight of the ‘biodynamic’ approach to craniosacral therapy lies in the fact that all form expresses an inherent rhythmic movement that is essential to life; and that this rhythm strives to maintain the balance and health of the whole. The skill in this work comes from how the therapist perceives and interacts with these rhythms in another’s body and allows change to come naturally from within, according to the body’s own inherent intelligence, rather than introducing any kind of force from outside.

‘Cranio’ describes the bones in the skull or cranium and ‘sacral’ the large triangular bone or sacrum at the base of the spine situated between the hipbones. It is at the cranium and sacrum that subtle rhythmic movements within the body are most evident to skilled hands. In fact, these various rhythms occur not just in the bones, but in relation to and within all structures and organs in the body right down to a cellular level. Their movement is much the same as how the lungs breathe, but at much slower pace of expansion and contraction.

What is biodynamic craniosacral therapy?

How does it work?

Craniosacral biodynamics restores health through being in relationship in a subtle and subliminal way that is beyond our conditioned responses to things. You might say that this approach is ‘silent psychotherapy’, in which we listen through the body rather than through cognition.  Whether our response to trauma and wounding is acute or chronic pain, extreme defensiveness or dissociation, or oppositional reactions of anger, doubt or edginess, the therapist’s role is to be fully relational and present, so as to meet the client’s story.

In craniosacral biodynamics as with many traditional systems of medicine, health is not just seen as the absence of pain and disease but as its own dynamic expression of subtle rhythmic movements in response to the knocks and bumps of life. The therapist attunes to these information-rich rhythms that point to where and how their movement has been compromised perhaps in response to overwhelming force or emotional shock from the past.

The intention is to connect with the dynamic stillness that lies at the centre of all pathologies, just like the centring forces within the eye of a storm. By doing so, the original intention of what became compromised is allowed to return in the present, reorganisation takes place, and habits formed out of the past are at last allowed to subside.

  • Excellent clinical results can be achieved in freeing up and dissipating acute and chronic pain and the associated tightly held emotional layers of trauma that often surround it.

  • For people suffering serious diseases, craniosacral therapy can help to contend with side-effects of medication, and support coming to terms with diagnoses.

  • For those who have experienced overwhelming life events, it is excellent for normalising symptoms of shock and trauma.  It is possibly one of the best therapies available for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder and panic attacks.

  • For those with chronic fatigue or energy problems and associated symptoms of insomnia, muscle and joint pain, headaches, etc., craniosacral therapy supports the nervous system by improving the flow of cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, positively affecting the entire body.

  • Craniosacral therapy helps process unresolved emotional stories and powerful emotions of grief, fear, depression and anger.

  • It can reduce stress and increase well-being helping many aspects of life from strengthening the immune system to improving interpersonal relationships.

Please note that craniosacral therapy is intended to complement, not replace, the relationship you have with your medical practitioner. If you have or suspect you may have a serious health problem, please see your doctor. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of anything you have read on this website.

Who can benefit from craniosacral therapy?

What happens in a treatment session?

Craniosacral therapy is undertaken with exceptional care and sensitivity to your system. In a typical craniosacral session, you will usually lie (or sometimes sit) fully-clothed on a treatment couch. The therapist will make contact by placing his or her hands lightly on your body and tune-in to what is happening by ‘listening’ with the hands. All contact is made in a safe negotiated manner by which the therapist explains his intention to move to different parts of your body.

This calm and gentle contact which is held still for long periods of time, reassures the system that it can release and deepen. The first thing you will probably notice is a sense of deep relaxation, which will generally last throughout the session. With subsequent treatments this release of tension often extends into everyday life. Sometimes the benefits are not immediately noticeable but become obvious on returning to a familiar environment.

Most people find cranial sessions pleasant and relaxing, leaving them with a sense of having been deeply heard and accepted. Sometimes people feel sensations such as warmth, coolness, floating, tingling or numbness or they may experience momentary pain related to past events. The work can involve resolution of these past experiences and is often profoundly relaxing, deeply moving or exhilarating.

 

About Me

My Approach

My commitment to what I do rests in helping clients come to know and experience their own wellbeing and to be present with them during this journey.  In my craniosacral work I offer this therapy according to a non-invasive biodynamic approach.

For my own experience, I see that the heart of being human is relational in nature. Our wounds nearly always arise in relation to another, and so too does our healing.  Whether it be childhood experiences, traumatic events or accidents, suffering is always relational in nature. From personal reflection and my experience in craniosacral therapy and psychotherapy, I am committed to continue to deepen and learn what it means to meet another person in one’s own joy and suffering and to continually work on my own ability to be present at greater depths and subtler places.

I left university with an academic background in business and finance and worked professionally, first for a well-known multi-national, and then in the charitable sector as a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

 

In my late-twenties, I went through the seeming misfortune of a life-threatening crisis and a deep contemplation on impermanence, discovering great refuge and insight through Buddhism.  For over thirty years I have turned to the study of Tibetan Buddhism and the practice of Dzogchen, as a means of making sense of my experiences and relationship to being in the world.  In my thirties, I joined a worldwide organisation presenting the Buddhist tradition of Tibet, under the patronage of the Dalai Lama, living among the lay community and working as International Finance Director both in the UK and in France.

 

In 2004, I entered a one-year retreat in southern Ireland and underwent a profound personal transformation associated with a spiritual emergency.  This experience opened a great curiosity about my own very early experience and set the foundations for my wanting to work with others suffering the effects of trauma.

In 2011, I began providing craniosacral therapy within the NHS, at the Royal Free Hospital, London, working in a specialist HIV/AIDS clinic with patients many of whom were from diverse cultural heritage and often refugees with traumatic histories.

 

As a psychotherapist accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy, ​I also offer an awareness-based approach to psychotherapy called Core Process.  Core Process Psychotherapy is an awareness-based approach that combines the insights of Western psychology with the healing power of non-judgemental awareness in the moment, influenced by Buddhist practice and understanding.

 

For myself, as someone drawn to both the spiritual and psychodynamic aspects of our experience, I have seen that the clarity and breadth of my craniosacral practice, deeply informed by Buddhist thought, can bring great meaning and personal transformation for people, especially when life appears to have fallen apart.  I have a particular interest in accessing very early experience and resolving mental pain formed in pre-birth and through birth trauma and have worked extensively with pre- and perinatal psychologists and regression specialists.

In my spare time I enjoy developing my voice and singing in a choir. I enjoy singing baroque music and I am a keen opera spectator. I practice yoga regularly and particularly enjoy Iyengar and vinyasa-flow.

My Experience

My Training

As a practitioner of craniosacral biodynamics, a profoundly subtle form of bodywork, my practice stands on firm body-based experience.  My awareness of what might be occurring subliminally within the relational field when working with clients is honed over many years of practice in this field.  My craniosacral therapy training was directly under Franklyn Sills, an early pioneer in the development of a biodynamic understanding and approach to craniosacral therapy, and qualified as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist at the Karuna Institute.

 

My main psychotherapy training is in Core Process Psychotherapy, one of the original contemplative approaches to psychotherapy developed at the Karuna Institute in Devon.  I trained directly under Maura Sills, the founder of Core Process Psychotherapy.  I undertook my clinical training at Homerton Psychiatric Hospital and at the Centre for Better Health,  a community-based charity supporting recovery from mental ill-health, both in East London.  I hold a Masters in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice from Middlesex University.

 

Additional specific training includes working with the Arts in psychotherapy, attachment theory, focusing and body psychotherapy.  In 2009, I completed my foundation psychotherapy training in Art Therapy and hold a Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts from IATE.

Primary

  • Practitioners Diploma in Craniosacral Biodynamics

  • Master of Arts in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice

  • Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts

Professional Bodies

  • CSTA — Registered practitioner with the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK

  • IABT — Registered practitioner of the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings

  • UKCP — Registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy

  • ACPP — Registered member of the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists

Post-graduate CST Trainings

  • The Embryo in Us — Dr Jaap van der Wal

  • Children & Babies in Practice — Claire Dolby

  • The pre-- and perinatal paradigm — William Emerson

  • The preconception-conception journey — William Emerson

  • Living Anatomy & Physiology — CTET

  • Mindfulness based Trauma Skills in Craniosacral Therapy

  • Heart-Brain Dynamics and the Impact of Self-Regulation on Health — Dr Rollin McCraty

Other Psychotherapy Trainings

  • Working with Sexuality: Bodies, Desires and Imagination

  • Queering Psychotherapy -- Dr Meg--John Barker

  • Narcissistic and Borderline States of Mind

  • Avoidant Attachment and the Defence Against Intimacy -- Linda Cundy

  • Deep Listening — Rosamund Oliver

  • Healing Traumatic Stress: Helping Mind, Brain & Body to Let Go of the Past — Dr Bessel van der Kolk

  • Trauma & Healing: An Exploration of Mental Illness, Addiction & Disease — Dr Gabor Maté

  • The Polyvagal Theory & PTSD — Dr Stephen Porges

Qualifications & Accreditations

 

Contact & Location

Contact me to arrange an appointment, I'd be delighted to hear from you.

12 Bonny Street
Camden Town
London
NW1 9PG

Bonny Street, NW1 is a small quiet residential street next to Camden Road Overground Station and just north of the Regent’s Canal.

        

  • Camden Town Tube (Northern Line) is 4 minutes walk.

  • Camden Road Overground Station is 100 meters.

  • Nearby bus stops serve routes 24, 27, 29, 31, 46, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274 & C2.

  • By Car: there are usually plenty of pay & display parking bays available in Bonny Street which is not in the congestion zone.

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