What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle yet profound method that uses soft touch and dedicated communication skills to engage and allow the release of restrictions in the body, mind and spirit. Thus it can help the client to restore and to improve the functions of the whole person physically, emotionally and mentally.
Craniosacral therapy takes the changing status of the central structures between the Cranium (the skull) and the Sacrum, including the brain, spinal cord, Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF), the spinal membranes and meninges, as indicators of the development and functioning of the whole person. By assisting the positive changes in this Craniosacral system through unique and developed ways of deeply listening to the client through their hands and an open-hearted, respectful, loving presence the practitioner allows to come forward that which may not have previously been seen, facilitating space for balance, ease and wellbeing. Through supporting the vital forces present in the client’s own system this helps them to integrate and reconnect to their inherent Health.
Developed at the beginning of 20 th century by MD William Garner Sutherland on the basis of Osteopathy originally as Cranial Osteopathy, the name Cranosacral Therapy was first introduced in the 1970s by American researcher and Osteopath Dr. John E. Upledger with distinct core components of this therapy. In the beginning, facilitating the changes of the Craniosacral system was mainly done through the rhythmically pulsation of the Cerebrospinal Fluid.
Nowadays more deeper forces behind the rhythmic fluctuation of the Cerebrospinal Fluid have been discovered and explored in the field of Craniosacral Therapy such as Dynamic Stillness, Breath of Life, Primary Respiration, Long Tide, Midtide, etc.
In Craniosacral therapy the practitioner sees the client as a whole and not separate parts. By allowing multiple aspects of the individual to be seen, along with their relationship to the whole, relaxation and wellbeing come to the foreground.