What is craniosacral?
Generally craniosacral is a very gentle “hands on” treatment with light touch and no manipulation. The practitioner listens via the hands to what is going on in the body, identifying and relieving tensions held there. Sessions are led by the client’s body, not their mind, so it is the body’s natural pace and priorities that are followed so that you stay comfortable and are able to integrate the changes easily.
Craniosacral works with your self as an interconnected whole – physical, mental and emotional – for example it may be that when an emotional symptom is treated a physical one disappears. Similarly, distortion and pain in one part of the body may compensate for imbalance in another – such as migraine headaches which may arise from tension in the sacrum.
Cranio works on many different levels and influences many different structures within the body, including the musculo-skeletal system, nervous system, cardio-vascular system, immune system, organs, connective tissues, fluids, and the energy systems of the body.
Because cranio treats the whole person it can influence many conditions to reduce or eliminate painful sypmtoms, disease and dysfunction by working on resolving the underlying cause. Craniosacral session therefore have a very wide range of applications.
The science behind Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
developed from the work of an American osteopath, Dr William Sutherland in the early 1900s. He discovered intrinsic movements of the bones in the head and his further research revealed a seperate, subtle rhythm (Craniosacral rhythm) in the body, generated by cerebro-spinal fluid. As a result of detailed clinical observation it has become clear that these movements, which can be measured with delicate scientific instruments, are a direct expression of health and offer a way of working with the physical as well as the more subtle aspects of life. The Craniosacral rhythm is also known as the Breath of Life, and flows in tide-like waves up and down the body. It is very subtle. Before having a session, most people have never noticed it. These findings have been further developed and CST now has several branches…
A biodynamic (less structural, more energy focused) practitioner might talk about craniosacral as listening to the waves of energy or fluid within the system from a place of stillness. And about training the system to connect with the underlying stillness beneath the ocean (like in Vipasana meditation) and watching the ripples on the surface. The ripples can be likened to our emotions that come and go, and the dramas and repeated patterns that unfold in our lives. Once the river unblocks and flows freely, life may take a different, freer and easier course, bypassing earlier obstacles.When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy…
from Moving Water by Rumi