You may have heard me enthusing about a modality called craniosacral therapy lately! I had the best time in Melbourne recently learning this new and exciting technique with the Upledger Institute and I am so excited to share it with you.
MODALITY WITH A MYSTERIOUS NAME
Craniosacral therapy is a soothing treatment that aims to treat the root cause of restriction or pain by harnessing your body’s own self-correcting mechanisms. As the name hints, the treatment itself has a lot to do with the cranium (head), spine and sacrum (tailbone), although other parts of the body are often addressed too.
Craniosacral therapy was developed by an osteopathic doctor John Upledger in the United States in the 70s. He discovered what is called the “craniosacral rhythm”. This rhythm can be felt anywhere in the body. Its quality gives a CST practitioner valuable information about the underlying cause of the symptoms.
Our whole body, including our organs, muscles and individual fibres, are enveloped in a web of connective tissue called fascia. Restrictions in this global system can affect every other system in the body. In particular the connective tissues surrounding our brain and spinal cord, the main components of our central nervous system, play a huge part in our health and wellbeing.
Trauma, injury, illness and repetitive actions can cause distortions within the craniosacral system, and when our body can’t effectively compensate anymore, pain or dysfunction appear.
Releasing restrictions throughout the body using gentle craniosacral techniques can enhance the health of your musculoskeletal, lymphatic, cardiopulmonary, immune, reproductive, gastrointestinal and endocrine (hormonal) systems.
WHOM IS CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY GOOD FOR?
In short, it is a wonderful tune-up for anyone who wishes to increase their health and vitality, but particularly useful for people suffering from the following:
- Migraines and headaches
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Stress and tension-related disorders
- Motor-coordination impairments
- Chronic Fatigue
- TMJ Syndrome
- Central nervous system disorders
- Hormonal imbalances
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Orthopedic Problems
- And many more….
EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER
It is hard to explain how craniosacral therapy feels like, as we are all unique un our own experiences.
For me, I would describe it as a feeling of expansion; you know when you take off shoes that are a size too small, or breathe out a deep sigh as you get to lie down after a long day.
Maybe you’ll come up with your own description after trying it out for yourself?