Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle and subtle bodywork modality that helps heal trauma and dysfunction in the central nervous system. It uses non-invasive techniques to address painful restrictions and imbalances in the membrane and connective tissue between the cranium and the sacrum.
The craniosacral system is comprised of the spine, the skull, its cranial sutures, diaphragms, fascia of the body and the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) which flows through the spinal cord. Restrictions and imbalances in this system may cause pain, dysfunction, and sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive technique that addresses these restrictions, inviting the body to relax on a deep level, release old patterns of dysfunction, and bring back balance and health.
The Craniosacral Session
In Craniosacral Therapy the practitioner gently holds the cranial and sacral bones, facilitating the balancing of the cerebrospinal fluid flow and encouraging the body to strengthen its ability to heal itself. A balanced flow of the cerebrospinal fluid facilitates structural changes and positively affects the nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine and muscular systems. The client may remain fully clothed.
There are three approaches to Craniosacral Therapy: mechanical, functional and biodynamic. The difference between these approaches lies in the amount of intervention or “doing” on the part of the practitioner - in the mechanical approach, there is more intervention and in the biodynamic approach there is more softness and listening. My initial training was in the mechanical approach; currently I am adopting the more biodynamic approach.
The Biodynamic Perspective
By listening deeper and “doing” less, the biodynamic craniosacral practitioner taps into an even deeper layer, a subtle force that is pure consciousness, the most essential life force and expression of a higher intelligence at work within the human condition. This pure consciousness is received by the cerebrospinal fluid and manifested in the body as tide-like motions generated within the fluids of the body. As a session progresses these tides get longer and longer, corresponding to deeper and deeper states of consciousness, where the body reorganizes itself and heals. The practitioner does not demand or direct; instead, she allows the session to reveal itself moment by moment. The practitioner simply holds presence for the client’s unfoldment process. There is a feeling of deep stillness in these sessions.
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