Craniosacral work has traditionally focused on the 22 bones that make up the human head, the vertebra and sacrum, and also on the brain, the central nervous system, the cerebrospinal fluid and the system of membranes inside the cranium and spinal column.
The cerebrospinal fluid bathes and nourishes the brain and spinal chord in a harmonious and cyclical rhythm. If this harmonious flow is disrupted, through injury, stress, or trauma, the entire balance of the nervous system can be disrupted affecting sleep, organ function, muscle action, emotional states, and even thought patterns.
Through gentle, non-invasive touch a practitioner releases craniosacral and fascial restrictions to improve the overall functioning of the central nervous system. The craniosacral practitioner is able to support the cerebrospinal fluid to come back to a state of homeostasis. Through light touch and slow supportive movements, the flow of vital life-force energy can be restored throughout the body and nervous system.
While it is a manual therapy, many would consider the flow of energy experienced during and after a session, by both practitioner and client, to be of a spiritual nature, as if it is the breath of God animating the human form. It is through Craniosacral work that one can come to know this breath, the stillness in which it resides, and the deep peace and balance which comes with this knowing.
The craniosacral practitioner often focuses upon optimizing the position, fluid movement (‘wave’) and energy (piezolelectric charge and chi) of the parts of the craniosacral system. Or they may focus on bringing the craniosacral system back to balance in the central line of the body, called ‘midline.’ Being gently supported in the release of unhealthy tension withinin the spinal chord and throughout the body, a person’s nervous system is able to ‘reset’, opening to the arrival of stillness and deep healing.
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, Craniosacral Therapy 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:
• Migraine Headaches
• Chronic Neck and Back Pain
• Motor-Coordination Impairments
• Central Nervous System Disorders
• Orthopedic Problems
• Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Spinal Cord Injuries
• Infantile Disorders
• Learning Disabilities
• Chronic Fatigue
• Emotional Difficulties
• Stress and Tension-Related Problems
• Fibromyalgia and other Tissue Disorders
• Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
• Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Post-Surgical Dysfunction