A unique and powerful bodywork technique is getting attention throughout the world. Developed in the 20th century in the United States, Craniosacral Therapy is used more and more by massage therapists, osteopaths, naturopaths, chiropractors and physical therapist. It is a gentle hands-on method that supports every system in the body, releasing tension and enhancing your body’s own ability to heal.
What is craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy taps into a movement called the craniosacral rhythm, that is felt most strongly, at your head (cranium) and the base of your spine (sacrum). The craniosacral rhythm is created by a “wave’ of fluid, which continuously ebbs and flows in the space around the brain and spinal cord. Because your body is connected in all its parts, the rhythm can also be felt throughout your tissues.
Tension anywhere in your body can restrict the flow of the craniosacral rhythm. Practitioners use a gentle touch, often less than a nickel’s weight, to subtly correct that rhythm. In the process, tension can spontaneously release, allowing for positive change to occur throughout the body.
Why craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy works on a profound level to support healthful changes in all the body’s systems.
Releasing tension that blocks the craniosacral rhythm can deeply calm the nervous system. Stress-related conditions often improve including anxiety, insomnia, digestive problems, and depression, menstrual irregularities, breathing difficulties, and headaches. In addition, visual problems, hearing difficulties, and injuries to the head or spinal cord can improve. Craniosacral therapy has been particularly helpful in treating children with birth trauma, learning difficulties, chronic ear problems, and hyperactivity.
As the body relaxes, circulation improves, resulting in increased energy, reduced pain, improved immune system function, and faster recovery from surgery and injuries such as whiplash.
Craniosacral therapy provides relief for many painful musculoskeletal conditions. Even complex problems such as TMJD, fibromyalgia, arthritis and sciatica respond well to this gentle therapy.
The Emotional Component
Physical tension in the body may be connected to strong feelings. A hunched posture, for example, can be the result of fear experienced in the past. When the body relaxes, feelings can surface. Becoming aware of your emotions can be a very effective aid in relieving tension and pain, and can lead to long-lasting improvements.
A Versatile Approach
Craniosacral therapy is suitable for all ages from infants to the elderly. Because it works with a system that most techniques don’t address, it can be an effective alternative where other therapies have not provided relief.
The gentle touch of craniosacral therapy may also be a good choice for you if you have trouble relaxing, are ticklish or if massage therapy sometimes leaves you sore. The touch is so subtle that is unlikely your body will tighten up in response to it, a benefit that can greatly enhance your ability to relax.