Definition: Developed from the work by American osteopath, Dr William Sutherland.
Origin: United States
Founded By: Dr John Upledger in the 1970s; the first person to teach craniosacral therapy to non-osteopaths or medical staff.
Therapy Type: Bodywork
WHAT EXACTLY IS CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY?
Craniosacral therapy enables the body to naturally heal and disperse negative results of stress, which affect the body’s central nervous system. The Craniosacral system is a physiological body system that sustains the surroundings within which the central nervous system functions. The Craniosacral therapist aims to use this system to facilitate results for the client. Through using a light touch the therapist can identify an area of stress or obstruction at certain areas in the body. This technique enables the therapist to monitor the craniosacral rhythm produced throughout the body
At the discovery of an obstruction, the therapist can support the body to heal, by aiding the natural movement of fluid and related tissue, to remove a restriction, this straightforward technique is usually all that is needed to eliminate an obstruction and aid the natural healing process. The Craniosacral system has considerable influence on the endocrine system which regulates our hormones, moods and the chemical balance within our bodies. In this way, the Craniosacral system stimulates and surrounds the pineal and pituitary glands.
This therapy when used in combination with mind and body techniques, aids equilibrium throughout the body. Moreover by improving the flow of fluids through the Craniosacral system, alleviation of neurological, physical and emotional problems can be achieved.
Craniosacral Therapy may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:
At the initial appointment with the Craniosacral therapist, the therapist will need to ascertain a detailed account of your health background and inquire about symptoms, diet and lifestyle. During the session, which typically is in a quiet and tranquil environment, the therapist will either ask that you sit or lay fully clothed on the treatment table. The therapist uses their hands to listen to the body’s inherent movement, pulsations, health rhythms, resistance and any patterns of congestion.
The client during the treatment may feel energy movements or the re-aligning of organs or bones. These feelings are normal, as the body begins the process of returning to good health and balance. It has been known for clients to not have these experiences, but to sense a feeling of deep relaxation, which is also an expression of Craniosacral therapy, as it is a reaction of what the body needs at that moment.
Craniosacral therapy works alongside the client and progresses, with the individual in mind, allowing the body to set the pace. This therapy and the techniques are deeply relaxing and aid the body’s natural healing processes, together with increasing physical vitality and wellbeing, it also supports pain relief and promotes organs, musculoskeletal and nervous systems to heal and maintain stability.
At the end of the session a feeling of being dazed but revitalized can occur. The therapist will discuss future sessions or advise on any recommendations. It is advisable to drink water after the session as toxins have been released and water aids in flushing them out.
Most people find Craniosacral Therapy invigorating and enjoy the tension it releases throughout the body. It is also a safe and non-invasive form of treatment. However, it is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as the Pacific Association of Craniosacral Therapists (PACT), Massage New Zealand. Craniosacral Therapists are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment. These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.
The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified Craniosacral practitioners within your region. We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.
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