Craniosacral therapy is a soothing, non-invasive, hands-on bodywork modality.
It is an evolution out of Cranial Osteopathy, a specialization of the osteopathic profession that was introduced to the world in the 1930's by an American osteopath and visionary called William Garner Sutherland. It was further developed by dr. John Upledger.
The craniosacral system includes the brain, the cerebrospinal fluid, the system of membranes inside the cranium, all 22 cranial bones, the spine and the sacrum.
A silent force, a field of chi (energy), flows through the craniosacral system, and infuses it with information and intelligence.
It is possible to listen to this field. The ability to do this is called ‘the heart of listening.’
Craniosacral therapy's use of very gentle and precise touch releases restrictions deep in the body to relieve dysfunction and helps the client feel more aligned and at home in themselves.
The holistic aspect of this modality can help the client understand what troubles them, and what they need to reclaim their equanimity, and their place in life. Such work can also help the client access their healing potential.
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.
What is visionary craniosacral therapy?
Visionary Craniosacral Therapy can support one's healing journey with a combination of gentle and sensitive touch, intuitive perception, ancient wisdom, anatomical knowledge, and technical expertise. These varied aspects of craniosacral therapy join together in a healing dance, creating a wonderfully balanced and grounded form of bodywork. It engages the body’s own healing wisdom to initiate the healing process, and restore balance and harmony on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.
Visionary craniosacral therapy is beautifully 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.
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 deep healing can occur.
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 the central nervous system.
With deep sensing of the body, the therapist will find areas of restriction within the bones, tissues, membranes, and organs . These restrictions can then be traced 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, 3 sessions will usually show great improvement. For chronic pain/disease it often takes a little longer.
Can craniosacral therapy be combined with other modalities?
Yes, it can. Depending on what clients needs are, craniosacral therapy, visionary craniosacral therapy, energy healing and visualized constellation can often be combined in one session.