Craniosacral Therapy is performed using a light touch, while monitoring the craniosacral rhythm. I tune into the rhythm within the craniosacral system and use it to determine the general health and balance of the body. It also helps me locate specific tissue restrictions or other system anamolies.The focus of adjusting this system with touch began with Dr. Sutherland, D.O. in the early 1900s. Since then the body of knowledge was added to by several outstanding Osteopaths.
I was trained by the Upledger Institute which was established by Dr. John Upledger, D.O. Dr. Upledger began developing his perspective to this work in the ’70s and has spent his life proving its efficacy, and training practitioners. You can learn about other things the Upledger Institute does besides training by going to Upledger Institute.
CranioSacral Therapy begins looking at the body starting with the health of the craniosacral system. Understanding the physiology of fascia I monitor the dynamic activity involving skull bones, meningeal membranes, cerebrospinal fluids, the intracranial vascular system, the movement of body fluids, the tonicity of muscles and the function of the total body’s fascia as reflected and influenced by the craniosacral system. This gives me insight into the functioning of the body and the range and balance of its systems.
All the modalities I use, are based on the understanding that the body is self-healing.I check in systematically and focus on the areas that have restrictions, tightness or incomplete range of motion. Listening carefully I can offer an opportunity to the body to release and rebalance itself.
There are many types of accidents or blows to the head that don’t require stitches but may have an effect on the overall health of the individual. Whether it is falling through the monkey bars at eight years old, or being in a car accident at 18, unattended injuries continue to alter the tissues of the body. A simple light-touch check-in could soften the restrictions and change how the body functions.
Many chronic headache patterns, and other pain syndromes can be traced back to small but profound injuries that were ignored. Sometimes a light touch can remind the body how it used to feel.