What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is an adjunct to my main energy practice of Polarity Therapy.
Craniosacral therapy is a non-intrusive bodywork technique that uses very light touch. The client’s body sets the pace for the practitioner to identify when, where, and how to offer attention and support. By increasing the body’s own vitality and strength trough the life force, Craniosacral therapy is helpful with nearly any condition. read more.
The craniosacral system consists of a fluid filled membrane. It envelops the brain and the spinal cord. They are bathed and cushioned by this fluid filled protective container. This system extends from the skull – the cranium – to the sacrum and the tailbone. Hence its name “craniosacral”. The fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid within this system results in a subtle rhythm directly related to movements of the body’s bones and soft tissue.
Cycles and rhythmical movements are fundamental to life. They manifest in the seasons, ocean tides, the heartbeat, and in respiration. Subtle, tide-like motions are intrinsic to every body cell. On an energetic level vibrational rhythms are the ordering principle of mental and physcial wellbeing. When they are balanced, healing occurs.
The energy currents emanating from within the craniosacral system are linked with the centers of higher awareness (chakras) in the spine and brain. The craniosacral system therefore transfers the basic rhythms from the body to the mind and vice versa. In Craniosacral therapy the practitioner relates to these fundamental rhythms mostly via the craniosacral system. Strength, range, and symmetry are key factors in their assessment. With gentle supportive techniques and a trained ability to tune into the craniosacral system, its inherent potential to heal and rejuvenate body and mind is awakened.
Injuries, disease, stress, and phsycial, mental, or emotional trauma cause the body to contract. When severe, the tissue stays contracted. This often results in chronic conditions. While palpating the craniosacral rhythm, the practitioner gently supports the client’s system to release restrictions. Often the simple act of witnessing such a holding pattern offers an opportunity for the body to return to its natural balance. This will also harmonize the mind and facilitate emotional equilirbrium.
The most subtle application of craniosacral therapy affects spiritual growth. Relative to the aforementioned spinal centers (chakras), working with the craniosacral system raises a person’s conscious awareness. The sense of peace and calmness generated during a treatment result from the client’s innate ablitiy to tune into his or her own infinite soul reality. Resonating with inner peace and joy means to realize the spiritual purpose of existence. Even if only for a short while, this experience accelerates personal evolution.
Healing and personal growth processes are also largely influenced by mental and emotional patterns. In this context it is often helpful to understand more about the subconscious mind, which is also shaped by collective issues. It is important to recognize redundant, these sources of dysfuntion, and to purge them from the subconscious mind. Accordingly limiting conduct, attitudes, and beliefs are changed from within. For more information you may want to reference my Soul Centered Astrology Description.
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The History of Craniosacral Therapy
In 1874 Dr. Andrew Taylor Still introduced the science of Osteopathy. It includes a knowledge of anatomy, physiology and philosophy. Osteopathy works with the principle that the tendency in the human body is always toward the normal state. Dr. A. T. Still states in his writings, “All parts in the whole body obey the one eternal law of life and motion.” The origin of Craniosacral therapy lies with a doctor of Osteopathy, Dr. William Garner Sutherland. He became the founder of Cranial Osteopathy. Around 1900 he discovered that the bones of the cranium aren’t fused as he was taught in school, but that the sutures allow room for slight movement. As Dr. Sutherland continued his research he found that restrictions within the intrinsic motion patterns of the cranial bones result in reduced function of related body systems. This motion pattern is also present within the cerebrospinal fluid. Dr. Sutherland wrote: “Within the 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 the fluid, something that has potency as the thing which makes it move. Visualize a potency, an intelligent potency, that is more intelligent than your human mentality. It is something you can depend on to do the work for you.”
Another Osteopathic physician, Dr. Randolph Stone, founder of Polarity Therapy, also focused on the craniosacral system. He stated: “Polarity Therapy affects the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid directly…Only after the cerebrospinal fluid current is established is there a beneficial reaction to any application of therapy…It is the energy current which does the healing.”
In the 1970s Dr. John Upledger D.O. rediscovered the craniosacral system. He conducted a team of researchers who gathered data to build a scientific basis for the craniosacral system. Today he is one of the leading educators in the field of Craniosacral therapy.