What is CranioSacral Therapy?
While the validity of the cardiovascular and respiratory rhythms is undisputed today, for eons the very existence of these systems sparked debates in medical communities around the globe. Now for nearly 30 years, osteopathic physician and researcher John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., was a proponent of using the rhythm of another body system - the craniosacral system - to enhance body functioning, and help alleviate pain and discomfort. The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord an extremely important system for whole body wellness. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or tailbone area. Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance of restriction in it could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities and other health challenges. CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on body work method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate these negative effects of stress on your central nervous system. You also benefit from better overall health and resistance to disease.
How Does CranioSacral Therapy work?
CranioSacral Therapy works by helping the body's natural healing and self correcting abilities dissipate the negative effects of stress on the central nervous system. This is accomplished through utilizing a physiological body system called the craniosacral system, which maintains the environment in which the central nervous system functions.
How Is CranioSacral Therapy Performed?
Like the pulse of the cardiovascular system, the craniosacral system has a rhythm that can be felt throughout the body. Using a touch generally no heavier than the weight of a nickel, skilled practitioners can monitor this rhythm at key body points to pinpoint the source of an obstruction or stress. Once a source has been determined, they can assist the natural movement of the fluid and related soft tissue to help the body self-correct. This simple action is often all it takes to remove a restriction. Other times, CST may be combined with other complementary therapies to help restore the body to its optimum functioning level. The work is done on a very comfortable massage table. You can remain fully clothed and expect to become deeply relaxed during a session.
What Conditions Does CranioSacral Therapy Address?
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
How Did CranioSacral Therapy Begin?
CST was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. Cranial Osteopathy was developed by Dr. Sutherland in the early 1900's. Dr. Upledger, who transitioned to non-physical a few years ago coined CranioSacral and has made it available to a variety of health care professionals all over the world.
What Is SomatoEmotional Release?
Release is the expression of emotion that has been retained by the client's
non-conscious and has been suppressed or isolated within the tissue memory
of the physical body and emotions of the emotional body and then released
by doing the SER session.