Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, yet profound non-invasive, hands-on treatment. Performed on a massage table, the touch is generally light and still, and the client is fully clothed. Discovered by an American osteopath Dr William Sutherland in 1920, Craniosacral therapy works the subtle rhythms produced by the Breath of Life. These are movements that involve a network of interrelated tissues and fluids at the core of the body; including cerebrospinal fluid, the central nervous system, the membranes that surround the central nervous system, the cranium, and the sacrum. The Breath of Life is regarded as an expression of health that carries the essential ordering principle of both body and mind.
Craniosacral therapy helps resolve the trapped forces that underlie and govern patterns of disease and fragmentation in both body and mind. The intention of treatment is to facilitate the expression of the Breath of Life and so enhance the body’s own self-healing and self-regulating capabilities. This is done as the practitioner subtly and gently encourages the conditions that allow for the reemergence of primary respiratory motion. Furthermore, the practitioner’s deep and clear quality of presence can become a reflective mirror for the patient and an invaluable cue for their potential for change.
Craniosacral therapy takes a whole-person approach to healing and the inter-connections of mind, body and spirit are deeply acknowledged. It is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of illnesses helping to create the optimal conditions for health, encouraging vitality and facilitating a sense of well-being. It is suitable for people of all ages including babies, children and the elderly, and can be effective in acute or chronic cases.
Anecdotal evidence shows the therapy may be helpful in addressing such situations as back, neck and shoulder pain, headache and head injuries, left-right imbalances, confusion, feelings of compression or pressure, anxiety, depression, circulatory disorders, organ dysfunctions, TMJ/ jaw tensions, and trauma of all kinds — birth, falls, accidents and other injuries, physical, sexual or emotional abuse, PTSD, loss/grief, surgery, anesthesia, among others. Craniosacral therapy is also excellent as a preventive therapy because it can facilitate the resolution of imbalances within a patient/client’s system that s/he may not be consciously aware of.
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Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
by Michael Kern,
DO., R.C.S.T., M.I.Cr.A., N.D.