What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle type of bodywork that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It's very light touch releases restrictions deep in the body to relieve dysfunction and pain thus improving whole body health.
Our nervous system has a huge impact over our body and few systems in the body have more impact on the central nervous system than the craniosacral system. This consists of the soft tissue and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.
Throughout life, our body absorbs many stresses and strains physically,emotionally and mentally.Over time these can compromise the function of the central nervous system and the performance of nearly every other system in the body.
Craniosacral therapy releases these restrictions to allow the entire body to relax and self correct.
Practioners use light touch techniques to release any restrictions they find. By assisting the central nervous system to perform at its best, craniosacral therapy eliminates pain and stress and strengthens our resistance to disease.
Craniosacral therapy can be effective for all ages from newborn to elders.
What happens during a session?
A craniosacral session takes place in a quiet room.
The client is clothed and typically lying on their back comfortably on a massage table. The therapist will gently touch different parts of the body in order to listen to and monitor the rhythm of the cerebral spinal fluid which flows around your central nervous system.
With careful listening of the body, the therapist will find areas of restriction within the bones, tissues, membranes, and organs . She or he can then trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction. Gentle techniques are then used to release these problem areas and improve the form and function of your central nervous system.
Sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth or gentle pulsing in the areas the therapist is working on.
How many sessions will I need?
Everyone and every issue is different. For an acute issue, usually 3 sessions will show great improvement. For chronic pain/disease it often takes a little longer.
Do you ever use a combination of modalities in your sessions?
Yes, I do. Depending on what my clients needs are, I often use craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation and energy healing in one session.
What's your opinion on meditating?
My opinion on meditating is that it is an amazing tool for improving health and reducing stress.
I meditate for 30 min each morning. I find this a great way to start my day.
I begin with a short grounding exercise, then spend a few minutes thinking about what I have to be grateful for in my life. Then I move into a breath meditation where I focus on only my breath. The traditional name for this meditation is Anapanasati which means mindfullness (sati) of breathing (pana).
This practice works by withdrawing our attention from distracting thoughts and redirecting our attention to the physical sensations of the breath. By doing so we're putting less energy into the emotional states of stress, anxiety, craving, negative thoughts, etc. Over time our thoughts become calmer, more balances and positive. Our experience then becomes more positive. There are many great types of meditation that I've practiced over the years, but this is the one I'm currently using.
Another nice way to describe the kind of Cranio I practice. ( biodynamic Craniosacral) is described by Hugh Milne in his book The Heart Of Listening:
This is a healer's work; it specializes in matters of the heart and soul.
Visionary Craniosacral work combines sensitive hands on bodywork with meditative use of the inner eye and inner ear. Techniques are drawn from 3 principal traditions:
- Energy work
A supremely gentle approach, it honours both the analytic understanding of how things happen and the intuitive perception of how things really are. Combined, the soul can be touched and real healing can occur.