Powerful and gentle, craniosacral therapy is an effective and multifaceted form of bodywork.
Usually experienced as a relaxing, energising hands-on treatment, craniosacral therapy respects and gives space to the internal workings of the body. Conditions that have proven resistant to other approaches respond to the treatment, as it aids the body to regain balance.
More than the sum of its parts …
As its name suggests craniosacral therapy places emphasis on the head (cranium) and tail (sacrum), and all the parts in between, including the bones of the cranium and spine, their connective tissues, and the
cerebrospinal fluid that flows throughout. This is known as the craniosacral system.
- The membrane called Dura Mater surrounds the spinal cord.
- The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flows within this membranous sac.
- This fluid is produced in the brain in order to nourish and support the central nervous system.
CST practioners believe an inner spark or energy drives the cerebrospinal fluid around the nervous system. Maintaining this flow ensures optimal health. We do not “do” the healing, your body does. The dynamic of the craniosacral system is always working to establish a state of equilibrium, and the therapeutic relationship creates a space for this to occur.
Image credit: ‘The reciprocal tension membrane (R.T.M.) and core link during craniosacral flexion) © Nielsen/Garbett 1995.