The Healing Power of Gentle Touch
Why CranioSacral Therapy is so important
Clients ask me all the time, "What is CranioSacral Therapy?"
Simply explained CranioSacral Therapy is a light- touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. While the entire body is affected by this therapy the focus is on bringing balance to the flow of fluid which surrounds the brain, (CSF) Cerebo Spinal Fluid. This fluid travels from around the brain down into the Dural Tube of the spine and then flushes along back into the brain. The excess fluid drains via the CereboSinus Cavity. The back and forth flow of the CSF from the brain through the spine and back creates a very light pulsing similar to that of a heart beat caused by blood flow. Using a gentle touch - starting with the weight of a nickle - the practitioner evaluates your internal environment. (The manner in which the CSF is pulsing through the Central Nervous System) Then using a very distinctive light-touch in the right places adhesions and restrictions are released.
It is Important to remember that CranioSacral Therapy releases tensions deep within the body which directly relieves body pain and dysfunction directly affecting the way in which your body performs.
Few body structures have more influence over your health and well-being than your Central Nervous System. Similarly few body systems have more impact on your central ervous system than the CranioSacral system - the soft tissue and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.
Every day you endure stresses and strains that your body absorbs, but your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord. Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the CNS (Central Nervous System) - and the performance of nearly every other system in your body.
CranioSacral Therapy releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. By freeing the CNS we allow the body to perform at its best. CranioSacral Therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease, and enhances your health and well-being.
Conditions Addressed with CST
- Migraines and Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Stress and Tension Related Disorders
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Infant and Childhood Disorders
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chronic Fatigue
- TMJ Syndrome
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- learning Disabilities
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Orthopedic Problems
- Many other Conditions
What to Expect from a Session
A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takes place in a quiet private setting. You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable padded table in a serene setting with soft music.
Your Therapist will beging by gently touching various parts of your body to monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing through and around your system.
By carefully listening with the hands to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, your practitioner can trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction.
Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problem areas and improve the form and function of your central nervous system.
A CranioSacral Therapy session can last up to an hour or more and it can be used either in a stand alone format or be integrated with other therapies and modalites to create powerful effects.
What you experience from your own session is highly individual. the sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth and or gentle pulsing in the areas the therapist is working on.
How was CST developed?
CranioSacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician featured in TIME magazine as one of America's next wave of innovators.
From 1975 to 1983, Dr. Upledger was a professor of biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Michigan State University. While there he led a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers who performed and published the clinical research that formed the basis for the approach he named CranioSacral Therapy.
In 1985, Dr. Upledger founded The Upledger Institute to teach people worldwide about the value of this effective approach. My training in this therapy has been directly with The Upledger Institute in Palm Beach Flordia.
Did you know humans are not the only candidates for CST.My dog Tequila loves the gentle touch therapy