“All events in life are perceived by the body through the sensory network of nerves going into the brain. These events include trauma of any nature; injury, physical or emotional trauma, or could be chemical or biological in nature. Everything the body experiences, is recorded in the tissue and may cause restrictions. These may then manifest as disease, dysfunction or poor healing, as the body’s own healing and self-corrective techniques are overwhelmed and therefore less efficient.
Craniosacral therapy enhances the function of the Autonomic Nervous System, which consists of the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. The body heals and repairs itself when the parasympathetic is dominant i.e. when we are most relaxed or asleep. The sympathetic nervous system, known as the “Fight or Flight” system is affected by the modern way of living and this can lead to undue stress. At worst this can be a chronic debilitating condition as we all know.” Source: iacst.ie
What happens then during a CSR therapy session? How is it applied?
We start with a short (or longer) discussion to understand where you are in your life presently, and where do you seek help. The length of this introductory/preliminary discussion may vary depending on if you come for CRS as a primary treatment, or a complementary treatment for your other therapeutic path.
During the treatment you lay down on your back, in your clothes. I apply gentle touch to different body parts and smoothly listen with my hands, tuning in your system to explore how can I offer the best help for you today. Where do you need support? Which body parts are calling attention? How is your system today?
A treatment lasts between half and one our, depending on your personal needs.
Should you just have had an injury, or a recent operation CST still can support very well your healing process, boosting up your body’s self-healing powers. In such cases the operated/harmed body part is usually not touched/treated, only if your system allows it, asks for it.
A uniqueness of this treatment is that it’s not me, who decides what shall happen to you: by paying attention to you and your system I listen to your body’s response which guides me how and where to proceed. This is one of the reasons why I dedicated my arts to this therapy: I enjoy greatly to hold the space that your own body wisdom and intelligence could take the lead, awaken and guide me where can I support the best your healing process.
A great deficit we face nowadays is that we forgot how to touch well and how beautiful it is to be touched. We live in serious touch-deprivation, therefore what is needed is to re-develop a kindness and acknowledgement toward our bodies. With time we may discover that what misses is to befriend our own self, our own body, as it is, in its sweet imperfection.
I have learned from CST more than how to apply the therapeutic caring itself: I became richer with the knowledge that most of the time the greatest help one can offer to someone who’s in trouble is to hold the space, hold him or her wherever, however it is needed – emotionally, bodily, mentally.
We all have the rights to fall apart and we also need to discover the luxury of allowing ourselves to be as we are – if not well, then not well, accepting in every moment the actual best “me” I am capable to be.
This is where according to my experiences CST can offer a great help, maybe becoming the starting point to take off to your new life, build new habits, and release old patterns, let go of old sufferings.
Biodynamics takes us one step further: it works with the “fluid body” concept and “primary respiration” or “breath of life”, which are vital part of the CST investigated, experimented and developed by Dr. Sutherland.
As Dr. Cherionna Menzam writes in her paper The Breath of Life: An Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy:
“Dr. Sutherland perceived a process of transmutation, or stepping down, of what he termed The Breath of Life. He saw this Breath as a mysterious, larger source beyond the physical body. He sensed through his “thinkingfeeling-seeing-knowing fingers”1 the subtle rhythmical fluctuations of fluid within the body. He understood that the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles of the brain picked up the potency, or life energy, of the Breath of Life force that forms us. The CSF then carries this potency to every tissue, every cell in our bodies, bringing life and health.”
This is how Dr. Sutherland wrote about it:
“Within that cerebrospinal fluid there is an invisible element that I refer to as the “Breath of Life.” I want you to visualize this Breath of Life as a fluid within this fluid, something that does not mix, something that has potency as the thing that makes it move. Is it necessary to know what makes the fluid move? Visualize a potency, an intelligent potency, that is more intelligent than your own human mentality.”
Fluid body is the concept of the wholeness of a human being – with his/her body, psychic and spirit. It operates as one single unit, and CST works with this wholeness from the moment the therapist’s hands are put on the patience’s body.
You can read more about the fluid body by following this link.