What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy is a very gentle, hands on manipulation that allows the therapist to access the core nervous system
in an unobtrusive manner. Inside the lining of the head is a membrane system, called the dura membrane system, which
also extends downward into the lining of the spinal cord and connects to the sacrum. Hence the name cranial for cranium
and sacrum for sacrum. Inside the lining of this membrane system, which is only about as thick as a newspaper on end,
flows the cerebral spinal fluid or csf. The motion of this fluid is able to be felt anywhere on the body. As I palpate, or listen
to your CranioSacral rhythm, I am able to tell where there are restrictions, or areas that are less mobile, and where the
body is more mobile and less restricted. As I listen at specific points on the body, I am drawn to areas that would like to be
released, or made less restricted or more mobile. I then use specific techniques which release restrictions and help bring
the body into greater balance. The CranioSacral therapy practitioner uses a light touch to assist the natural movement of
fluid within the CranioSacral system. Therapists generally use only 5 grams of pressure, roughly the weight of a nickel, to
test for restrictions in various parts of the CranioSacral system. The result is greater relaxation, more balance in mind and
body, and a restoration to greater health and well being.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) has a wide range of applications to the treatment of the 'whole person.' Based on the original
precepts of Osteopathy founded by A.T. Still over a century ago, this innovative branch of mind body medicine calls upon
the inner intelligence of the body to self regulate and heal itself.
How can CranioSacral Therapy help me? That depends to some extent on what your body has to say. What I mean by that is
depending on your medical, emotional, and physical history, CranioSacral Therapy may be more useful for some
applications than others. I've found that for headaches, digestive disorders, tmj, head trauma, learning difficulties, car and
horse accidents, post operative recovery and physical insults to the body, to name a few, CranioSacral therapy can be quite
effective. It can also be effective in addressing traumas that have an emotional component, and that this can be
addressed, if necessary, in a very safe way. CranioSacral Therapy has wonderful results on children also.
In the most general sense, CranioSacral therapy works for balance, and to restore harmony to the body at the level of the
core nervous system. Because CranioSacral therapy works by directly accessing the central nervous system, we allow the
body to most effectively use its inner intelligence to repair, re-regulate and re-harmonize old traumas and insults that we
have experienced in life, whether they are recent or very old. It may help you to completely release something that has
never 'gone away', make you more comfortable or function better for a condition that is chronic or irreversible, or just
simply allow you to feel more relaxed and in touch with your body.
This therapy is performed when the client is
fully clothed. Using a light touch and
generally no more than the weight of a
nickel, the therapist monitors the rhythm of
the CranioSacral system to detect potential
restrictions and imbalances. The therapist
then uses delicate manual techniques to
release these problem areas and relieve
undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord.
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