Craniosacral therapy is alternative subtle massage therapy treatment system. The study of cranial development was first done in the late 1800 by an osteopathic doctor named Dr. William Sutherland. But it wasn’t until nearly one hundred years later that the modern system of craniosacral therapy was first developed. In 1983, Dr. John Upledger, who worked in the field of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field developed the system of craniosacral therapy.
Through this healing modality practitioners are trained how to tune into the craniosacral rhythm of their client’s body. By tuning into these subtle energetic systems the practitioners of craniosacral therapy are able to help people dealing with stress, back pain, migraines, and even chronic pain issues.
The whole craniosacral process is based on the belief that the bones of the skull, the cranial bones, affect the movement of the entire body. This is because the cranial system has a rhythm that can shift and affect the rhythm of the entire body and vice verse. This cycle of breathing is a traceable inhalation and exhalation in the cranium. And it can be traced through the cranial system all the way to the sacrum.
One of the main focuses of a craniosacral practitioner is the “breath of life”. This is a system that the human body creates and craniosacral practitioners look for. There are three subtle rhythms that the body naturally makes and they feed each other like tides. The three of these are the considered the rhythmic tide of the body. Practitioners look to connect to these tides and adjust where needed. The rhythm that these tides create is the breath of life.
Through this tidal rhythm the fluids of our bodies are flushed throughout all of our systems. The rhythm can determine how healthy and happy we are in life. It can determine where there might be illness. It can determine where adjustment needs to b e made. And these rhythms are adjusted by trained practitioners to bring about more wellbeing and wholeness.
Throughout our lives we fall into patterns and conditioning. Practitioners of craniosacral therapy believe that these patterns can actually create illness and discomfort in our bodies because our natural rhythms are thrown off. We can lock issues and problems within our bodies and this create inertia of the craniosacral system.
Through a craniosacral treatment these areas of inertia are released, allowing the body to flow back into its natural rhythm and natural state of being. The treatments are non-invasive with slow, methodical movements to encourage the body to pick up its own rhythm again.
During a craniosacral treatment session, the client is fully clothed and lying down on their back. The practitioner will analyze the movement of the cranial rhythm and determine which adjustments might need to be made. Adjustments can include lengthening the spine, rocking the sacrum, dealing with any imbalances in the diaphragms, and even releasing the hyoid bone. The practitioner may do this in a specific order or may skip certain steps depending on what the client needs.
Craniosacral practitioners use very slow and deliberate movements. The process is often referred to as listening with their hands. They work slowly because they want to get in tune with their client’s rhythm. After a treatment most clients experience a deep sense of relaxation.