Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle hands-on body work that addresses connective tissue and its interrelationship with the central nervous system.  It is applied through clothing and may be combined with other therapeutic modalities.  The therapist holds certain areas of the body and monitors the movement of the craniosacral system by blending with the connective tissue.  To honor the inherent wisdom of each client’s inner healer, the therapist follows the client’s tissue towards freeing up constrictions held in the body thereby dissipating negative effects of stress. It’s extremely relaxing as it promotes a sense of wellbeing by restoring balance and ease.  Clients are also welcomed to dialogue with the therapist at opportune moments, or as needed, about their experience.

What is the craniosacral system?

The craniosacral system is a distinct system that includes the cranial bones and sacrum, the membranes that surround the brain, spinal cord, and line the sacrum.  It also encompasses the cerebral spinal fluid. The cerebral spinal fluid has its own pulse and circulatory system. The rest of the body responds to this pulse through the networking of the connective tissue.  The body flexes and extends rhythmically corresponding to the craniosacral system.  As implied above, outermost parts of the body are used in this hands-on healing approach to access the whole system through levering and sensing within.

What does craniosacral therapy address?

Craniosacral therapy works to tone the nervous and organ systems aiding in their function.  It also facilitates mobility in the muscular system.  This happens because craniosacral therapy helps to liberate or unlock constrictions held in the body like “removing stones from the road,” as says Dr. John E. Upledger, the co-founder of craniosacral therapy, and former president of the Upledger Institute, a resource center for craniosacral studies in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Craniosacral therapy is best known for helping with headaches, whiplash, some learning disabilities, like dyslexia, and autism, sinus problems, allergies, high blood pressure, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), post-traumatic stress, chronic pain, depression, and fatigue.