What is Craniosacral Therapy ?
The Craniosacral system includes the Cranium (Head), Dural Tube (spinal cord), Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) and the Sacram (tailbone). However, it can be accessed anywhere on the body. The CSF travels from the Cranium down the Spinal Cord to the Sacrum and back up again in ebb and flow motioncausing all of the bones in the body to moveto a point of flexion and extension according to the distribution of fluid. This motion is called the Cranial Wave.
The spinal cord is connected to S2 on the sacrum and the cervical vertebrae C2 and C3. It then becomes the matrix of connective tissue that lines the inside of the cranium and the connective shelf that holds the brain in place inside the Cranium. When there are restrictions in the body the nerves pull on the spinal cord and cause tension on the spinal cord, as well as throughout the connective tissue of the cranium, causing dysfunction in the endocrine and nervous system responses.
The Craniosacral Therapist follows the motion of the Cranial Wave, and finds restrictions in the System. While following the Cranial Wave, the therapist facilitates change in the system by allowing the body's natural self correcting mechanism to engage and correct itself. This process allows the body to unwind soft tissue and fascia; realigns skeletal structure; and creates moreover all resilience in the nervous system. It helps the body process and discharge daily stresses and trauma that get stored in the nervous system and tissues.
What are the Benefits?
The benefits of Craniosacral Therapy include:
- Increase in clarity and focus
- Increase in mood stability
- Better daily performance
- Relaxed soft tissue
- Better range of motion
- Increased function of the endocrine system
- Decrease in pain and stiffness
Pathologies and health issues that can be treated with Craniosacral Therapy include:
- Back and neck pain
- Short term memory loss
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Head trauma