CranioSacral Therapy is a soft touch modality; no more than the weight of a nickel is used to first engage the tissue. Delicate manual techniques are then used to release restrictions up/down the spine, cranium and sacrum. Unlike most massage modalities, which use direct techniques to manipulate tissue to achieve therapeutic release, CranioSacral Therapy uses an indirect approach. It is the CranioSacral Therapist’s job to be neutral and follow the body’s response to facilitate tissue release. This type of approach is extremely gentle for client’s who are sensitive to touch.
The CranioSacral System is a recently discovered physiological system. It is a semi-closed hydraulic system contained within a tough waterproof membrane (The Dura Mater) which envelops the brain and the spinal cord. An important function of this system is the production, circulation and re-absorption of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF). CSF is produced within the CranioSacral System and maintains the physiological environment in which your brain and nervous system develop, live and function.
Normally, the production and re-absorption of the CSF within the Dura Mater produces a continuous rise and fall of fluid pressure within the CranioSacral System. If for some reason your body is unable to accommodate these pressure changes, the subsequent buildup of pressure can contribute to dysfunction and ill health, especially in the Central Nervous System which is enclosed within the boundaries of the CranioSacral System. Therapy plays a key role in bringing back balance to this system by re-adjusting the pressure build up with in the system.
CranioSacral Therapy can have an effect on such disorders as Autism, learning disabilities, speech difficulties, hearing, balance, whiplash, herniated discs, high blood pressure, sinus problems, headaches/migraines, carpal tunnel, Scoliosis, MS, Cerebral Palsy, Fibromyalgia, Depression/Anxiety, back/neck pain and trauma.-Source: Upledger Institute.
The therapy is applied over the clothes. The client should wear comfortable clothes, such as a t-shirt and shorts or sweats.