Through craniosacral therapy I address a rhythmic system at the core of our physiology that can be influenced negatively by trauma and stress.
The craniosacral system follows a rhythm, and the skull bones accommodate its pulse. It’s as essential, measurable, and tangible as our breath and heart rate. Just as a cardiologist seeks to improve the cardiovascular system, a craniosacral practitioner evaluates and optimizes the pulse of the craniosacral rhythm. It’s a form of bodywork consisting of very light finger and hand pressure upon the cranial bones and the sacrum, and upon the involuntary movements of these bones.
The practitioner works with the bones of the skull and the pelvis. This affects, in turn, the deeper layers of membranes and cerebrospinal fluids in the spinal canal, the brain, and the spinal cord itself. Even the slightest impact, lesion or distortion can stretch or strain this delicate system. Any infraction as well as stress, trauma and anxiety can cause nerve endings to alter their perception and signals which can negatively affect our entire well-being. Mental, physical and emotional trauma can be retained in the body and can restrict our potential, either on a mental, emotional or physical level.
Many healthcare approaches separate mind and body – you can have either physical therapy or psychotherapy. Craniosacral therapy provides a framework and toolkit for working with the body tissues at the same time as with the emotions, to work towards a release of the retained trauma and stress. This assists us to move from illness, unresolved issues and lack of potential, towards health and fulfilment and is an ingenious tool for healing on various levels.
What happens during a session?
The craniosacral practitioner rest his/her hands on the cranium and sacrum and evaluates the craniosacral rhythms while the patient lies on a treatment bed. The bones of the sacrum and cranium are used as “handles” to manipulate the deeper layers of fluid and membranes.
No instruments or devices are used. The patient is treated whilst fully clothed.
In sessions lasting 45 – 60 minutes, clients and therapists work closely together and the comfort and peace of mind of the patient is the first priority.
The History of Craniosacral Therapy
In the early 1900’s, in osteopathic school, Dr William Sutherland came to the conclusion that skull bones are capable of shifting. A visionary and pioneer, sensing the far-reaching spiritual implications of his findings, developed a treatment method making him the grandfather of cranial osteopathy.
Then John Upledger, D.O., author of Your Inner Physician and You (North Atlantic), made a major leap when he discovered why skull bones move in 1975 and started to talk openly about the cranial rhythm. In the mid eighties, he founded the Upledger Institute in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The word was out: “It works!” In 1994 the American Craniosacral Therapy Association, also located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. was created.
Craniosacral therapy with its many schools and forms is a treatment many psychotherapists, acupuncturists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, dentists and medical doctors are adding to their list of tools.
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