WHAT IS CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY?
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a manual therapeutic tool originating in osteopathy, using a light touch with hands over the body. It is well used treatment both for physical or psychological affections as for example anxiety, depression, insomnia, phobias, chronic pain, migraines, or any other disorder in the health.
All of us has a body which possesses an innate capacity for healing itself, but with our normal everyday lifestyle, only medication is used for whatever symptoms we meet.
Craniosacral therapy’s mission is to support the body to release restrictions (both physical, emotional and spiritual) it has been unable to overcome on its own. To make this happen, the therapist listens to the needs of the client’s body and offers support where it is needed in a gentle and smooth manner.
CRS many times is used as primary treatment, or as a complementary treatment. It helps to find our center and reconnect with it, facilitates the integration of changes, enhances to introduce new habits successfully and supports to maintain our psychophysical wellbeing and keep our balance during stressful and demanding periods.
“Where is that cerebrospinal fluid? Is it only in my body?
No. It is in each and every one of your bodies.
There is an ocean of cerebrospinal fluid in this room…
The Breath of Life is within each.”
William G. Sutherland
Craniosacral Therapy has its origins in Dr. Andrew Taylor Still’s osteopathic medicine. Dr. William Garner Sutherland, an American osteopath (1873 – 1957), who was Dr. Still’s student extended his system to cranial osteopathy.
It was first in 1899 that Dr. Sutherland, still a student of Dr. Still’s school (The American School of Osteopathy, founded in 1892) had the idea that the bones of the human skull were similar to the gills of the fishes and as such, they would possibly react to the breathing process by movements. He put aside his ideas for a while, but eventually, he returned to his idea and started to experiment.
“At that time, William, like all other physicians (except those in Italy and later Israel), was taught that the joints in bones of the skull became fused together in adolescence and, therefore, incapable of movement from that time forward. William’s examination of the twenty-two bones that make up the human skull convinced him that they were designed to accommodate movement. As he believed that nature never did anything without a reason, he determined to test his theory and reconcile it with what he had been taught. He required the first-hand experience, so who better to experiment on than himself?
He devised a helmet, which was capable of restricting individual cranial bones. He reasoned that if they were already restricted by fusion, he should feel no difference, so he started a series of experiments on himself. He carried with him a notebook to record any possible symptoms. He also engaged the services of his wife to note any changes in temperament that might escape his attention. In his first experiment, he nearly lost consciousness and released the pressure. Immediately he felt the warmth and fluid movement along with his spine and also movement in the sacrum, the big triangular bone at the base of the spine. He repeated the experiment several times with the same result. This supported the conclusion that, not only did the cranial bones move, but the sacrum did also by way of the membranes connecting the two. He continued with his experiments and developed methods in his clinical practice based on them. Eventually, he was able to achieve considerable clinical success with his patients.” Source: iacst.ie
“The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, as well as the attached bones. These membranes extend from the bones of the skull, face, and mouth (which make up the cranium) and down the spine to the sacrum or tailbone area. This craniosacral system plays a vital role in maintaining the environment in which the central nervous system (CNS) functions. The CNS monitors and responds to everything which is happening in the body. Since the brain and spinal cord are contained within the craniosacral system, it is easy to see how it has a powerful influence on a wide variety of bodily functions.
Craniosacral therapy frees up the tissues in and around the craniosacral system to enhance the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF nourishes, protects and cleanses the central nervous system and enhances nerve conductivity. Improved flow of CSF provides the body with resources allowing it to better perform and when necessary to heal itself and restore functions to a better-balanced state.
Because it enhances the body’s natural healing processes CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure. It has the ability to sustain a healthy immune system and bolster resistance to disease. It also promotes relaxation by calming the autonomic nervous system, the high-alert system that controls the fight/flight response. Good health can be compromised by external factors, but also by hormones and chemicals released naturally by the body while coping with ‘dis-ease’ and the stresses and strains of life. CST improves inner health and gives a sense of well-being.” Source: iacst.ie
As a summary, I can say that the craniosacral therapy works with the delicate tissues of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerve fibers, for example). During a treatment the whole health of a person is addressed: his/her whole system is evaluated and participates in the process, including the soft tissues, membranes, down from muscular to bone level. The therapy happens in clothes, and I apply light touch on different body parts.
The main goal of a treatment is to harmonize and optimize those natural hydraulic forces and movements which are to be found in the body. As I therapist I “listen” to these circulations and systems with my hands, on the body parts where my hands are.
During the treatment, I release tensions and support the personal healing system by offering comfort in the form it is needed, where it is needed.
Each therapy session may differ from any other one, even with the same person, depending on the momentarily needs of his/her system. By releasing deep tensions from the system – which may have been caused by physical, psychological, chemical or any other trauma -, the natural healing system of the body-mind-spirit triumvirate receives a boost to start a powerful re-organizing and healing process on all levels.
I started to work with movement meditation, touch for health (kinesiology) and Swedish massage first from 1999, then from 2004, finally anchoring my therapeutic skills in craniosacral therapy. I learned CST from an Australian doctor, Philip Bingham DO.Bsc(Hons) Osteo.Med. after that, I experienced the deep healing this smooth and strong method can boost.
I am also working with Biodynamics which uses Dr. Sutherland’s “Breath of Life” or “Primary Breathing” concept during the healing process.
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I work with psychologists and other therapists offering CST as a complementary healing for integrating changes in our whole being (emotional, mental and physical levels), and I also offer individual therapies from babies till elderly people.
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