Cranio-Sacral Therapy is an exceptionally gentle yet extremely powerful form of treatment, increasingly recognized for the depth of its influence, the comprehensive range of its therapeutic effects, and its ability to resolve issues that are not helped by other means.
It is a profound healing process which can release the deeply held patterns of disease - both physical and psychological - which accumulate throughout life as a result of injury and illness and become held into the body tissues, leading to ill-health and dysfunction.
The Cranio-Sacral process involves two mains aspects. It is primarily concerned with enhancing the underlying vitality - the Breath of Life - which pervades our whole selves, creating and maintaining health and wellbeing in all aspects of our lives.
Secondly, it is concerned with releasing any restrictions to the free distribution of this vitality throughout the body. It can be of benefit to most people and can help in most conditions - from minor aches and pains to severe and persistent chronic health problems.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy involves a very gentle touch of the practitioner’s hands, both for diagnosis and for treatment. This light contact may be taken up on the cranium (the head), the sacrum (the tail-bone) or any other part of the body as appropriate, identifying subtle disturbances to the free motion of body tissues, the free circulation of body fluids, and the unrestricted flow of fundamental energy, potency, or vitality - the Breath of Life.
This underlying vitality is expressed throughout the body as rhythmic motion - Cranio-Sacral motion. Any disturbance to health and wellbeing - physical or psycho-emotional - influences this movement, creating asymmetries or restrictions to Cranio-Sacral motion. The Cranio-Sacral Therapist can therefore diagnose and identify the nature and source of the condition through the corresponding patterns expressed through the Cranio-Sacral system.
By responding appropriately to these patterns - following the subtle internal pulls and twists manifested by the Cranio-Sacral System until points of resistance are encountered and dissolved - the Cranio-Sacral Therapist can facilitate the release of restrictions, thereby restoring the free flow of the Breath of Life and consequently restoring a healthy, balanced state.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy is most often carried out with the client lying down, fully clothed in a quiet and peaceful environment. Treatment is usually experienced as a very profound relaxation which may pervade the whole person, physically, mentally and emotionally, often accompanied by a feeling of lightness and ease.
The gentle approach of Cranio-Sacral Therapy is entirely non-invasive. The subtle interaction of two systems - brought together by this light contact - stimulates and enhances self-healing mechanisms within the body to respond, release and open up to a more balanced healthy state.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy treats people rather than conditions. It is primarily concerned with creating and maintaining a healthy, balanced state on all levels - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. This underlying state of well-being enables the bodies own healing mechanisms to operate at optimum level, and therefore enables the body to eliminate disease and restore health. Cranio-Sacral Therapy works on many different levels and influences many different structures within the body.
It influences the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, the cardio-vascular system, the immune system, the organs, the connective tissues, the fluids and the energy systems of the body.
Because it treats the whole person it can influence all conditions affecting the whole person or any part of the person. Cranio-Sacral Therapy therefore has a very wide range of applications. It is suitable for every age from newborn babies to the elderly, including all ages and stages in between.
It is particularly valuable in babies and children since the establishment of healthy patterns at an early age sets patterns for the whole future of that individual, both in their health and in their abilities. It is also particularly renowned for its profound influence on the effects of Birth Trauma - the effects of which may range from learning difficulties, hyperactivity, ear infections and colic to epilepsy and cerebral palsy - as well as profoundly influencing an individual’s capabilities, their skills, their underlying level of health, and their very nature and constitution.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy is also particularly valuable in solving and resolving intransigent, and persistent conditions. The following are just a few examples of the many conditions, which might benefit from Cranio-Sacral treatment: