This powerful, holistic therapy is based on osteopathy (a type of complementary and alternative medicine that stretches and moves) bones, joint and muscles). Craniosacral Therapy is interested in the cranial area where tiny manipulation is used to restore the natural position of the bones. By helping the bones gently return to a normal position, this action has been used to alleviate chronic pain / stress caused by accidents / injuries. This method also gives relief from migraine headaches, TMJ jaw pain, stiff neck and lower back pain.
Craniosacral Massage – A trained massage therapist can also apply craniosacral therapy during a relaxing body treatment.
The inventor, Dr. Sutherland referred to his discovery as “Osteopathy in the Cranial Field” which originated in the 1920s. He based his study on the cerebrospinal fluids having a pulse that causes movement between the cranial bones. He had the theory that the skull bones were not fused together and those bone plates in the head could therefore be move. By assisting their alignment he developed these healing techniques of getting the flow of energy back.
Clients who have anxiety or stress may find relief, but there is no scientific evidence supporting claims that craniosacral therapy helps in treating disease or cancer.
How Does Craniosacral Therapy Work?
It is a very gentle bodywork that works with the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to make small movements of alignment in those areas, which alleviates stress, anxiety and pain.
Craniosacral therapy entails lightly holding of sacrum (tail bone – the sacrum is a large wedge shaped vertebra at the inferior end of the spine) and the skull and release compression with small movements. Really, the actions of craniosacral therapy is tiny, gentle and really mild – subtle treatments, which promise to attain health benefits that are deep with safe and minor interventions.
Professionals think the miniature exploitation of CranioSacral Therapy (CST) determine the circulatory and pressure rhythm of cerebrospinal fluid.
How soft of a touch is this? The brain and the spinal cord are very delicate. Practitioners using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a five cent coin – gently touch practitioners release energy blocks (restrictions) in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system — brain, backbone down to tailbone.
Any effect that CST has must be a subtle and using intent, since it can’t be quantified. Subtle ramifications of treatment definitely exist — only as it cannot be quantified and does not mean it isn’t there.
What Are the Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
Craniosacral is a treatment which may activate the body’s own healing skills.
- The treatment is easy on the body. Craniosacral therapy at the basic level calls for easy and tender manipulations as the therapist.
- It clears and creates a better energy flow in the fascial tissues which are soft tissue layers (connective tissue) of the body that are continuous throughout the entire body, surrounds muscles, and envelop each and every organ, bone, muscle, blood vessels, and nerves, down to every individual cells. When those areas are cleared, all works better.
- The therapist listens to the characteristic of the craniosacral rhythm, and feels the energy blocks dissolving as she/he works.
Day in and day out your body experiences anxiety, stresses and tension that must go somewhere? It appears to be stored in the tissue. Your body must work to compensate for this negative energy. Regrettably, these stresses often cause body tissues to tighten up and to pull on the CranioSacral system. This stress can then cause distortions to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in tightness, restricting the flow.
CranioSacral therapy improves the flow by loosening of the tension in the Autonomic Nervous System, which regulates the functions of our internal organs such as the major organs, such as heart, stomach and intestines.
The Autonomic Nervous System consists of two main parts:
- The parasympathetic (controls the rest and digestion functions) and
- The sympathetic system (controls the fight and flight syndrome.) This stress from flight or fight can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
Finding ways to release stress is valued because of its healing and restorative impacts in health and supporting Craniosacral therapy easily facilitates deep states of relaxation within the body.
Craniosacral therapy is advantageous as both a main treatment system or within a treatment program along with complementary techniques such as Reiki or other conventional massage therapy.
Overall Craniosacral therapy will help and support the body to use its own healing power and optimize a health and well-being in all levels just by getting the energy flow back in place.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) can help you in following conditions:
- Stress related conditions
- Sports injuries
- Scar Tissue
- Post surgery
- Old injuries
- Hormonal imbalances
- Grinding Teeth/ TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)
- speech Difficulties
- Ear infections
- Headaches and Migraines & many more
Here are some testimonials from Mini-Intensive Program (http://bodyenergy.net/testimonials-4)
From daughter to mother…”The effects I saw were increased confidence and determination and clarity as well as I saw a completely different light in her eyes.” SS
“My experience in this intensive was that it was very serene, very healing, very powerful-what a great environment for healing.” CK
“I have had headaches and migraines since I was 14 years old. I have felt continuous improvement with CST. Since the intensive this summer, I went without a headache for an entire month, the first time this has happened in 15 years”. KC
“I didn’t know I’d had a headache every day for the last 30 years until I received the treatments. The back of my head used to feel like it was being squeezed hard all the time, and that feeling is gone now. Also, a very annoying and problematic band of tension around the bottom of my ribcage was released. I will definitely do treatment again!” DS
More testimonial here: http://www.upledger.com/content.asp?id=8