Craniosacral therapy is a gentle form of bodywork which evaluates and improves the activity of the craniosacral system. Anatomically, this system comprises the brain and spinal cord, their surrounding fluids and membranes, the bones of the cranium and spine and the nerves emanating there from. At the physiological level, this system forms a whole – body network of intricate pathways of nervous tissues and their hormones.
The craniosacral therapist is trained in the science and art of deep palpation – a fine sense of touch that allows the practitioner to explore the quality of the tide as it flows through tissues and organs – and understands the ways in which we embody our traumatic experiences. The therapist touches and holds in such a way as to reflect back into the body those dysfunctional patterns held within it.In this way, restrictions to healthy function and growth can be accessed and released – whether the original trauma was physical, chemical or mento – emotional.
Maybe the gentlest form of massage therapy, craniosacral therapy uses a variety of hold techniques to stimulate the fluid that circulates around the cranial bones, the spine and the sacrum.Fundamental to the practice of CST is the concept of the body`s innate intelligence and natural inclination toward a state of balance and well – being. Manipulation or strong forces are not used in cranial work – it is not a quick fix. The Craniosacral way of holding creates the felt sense of containment, freedom and safety for the client`s own healing priorities to emerge. It is typically experienced as a profound relaxation, accompanied by a feeling of lightness and ease, although it can also bring up deeply held emotion. Because it is so subtle and gentle, it is also suitable and recommended for babies and children especially after birth trauma.
The following are just a few examples of the many conditions that people bring to the craniosacral therapist, and which have been shown to respond to this gentle approach to body work.
- Headaches and migraines
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Post traumatic stress syndrome
- Anxiety, depression and insomnia
- Ear infections, vertigo and sinusitis
- Learning disorders and autism