Cranio Sacral therapy was by an American Osteopath called Dr William Garner Sutherland. This gentle, non invasive yet powerful technique evaluates and improves the action of the Cranio Sacral system. Anatomically, this system is comprised of the brain, spinal chord, their surrounding fluids (Cerebro spinal fluid), and the membranes (meninges), the bones of the Cranium and spine, the sacrum and the nerves emanating there from. At the physiological level, this system forms a whole body communication network of nervous tissue and hormone rich fluids.
This cranio sacral system is a closed hydraulic system and has its own rhythmic pulsation and can be felt. Slow rhythmic almost imperceptible tides govern our fundamental energy levels also known as Chi, which in turn governs our fundamental wellbeing. This understanding is also the foundation of the ancient healing arts of traditional Chinese as well as Aryuvedic medicine. The approach of instilling energy and restoring balance the body is however different. Weak potency of these tides will ultimately lead to a weakened body and immune system. By means of gentle holding, one can facilitate these pulsations, reset and potentize them to release deep seated trauma and tension patterns to restore balance and wellness.
How Does Cranio Sacral Therapy work?
Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function optimally as the Central Nervous System. The Central Nervous System is part of the Cranio Sacral System, which also includes the membranes and fluids and bones that surround, nourish and protect this delicate system.
Every day the body endures stresses and strains that it must work hard to compensate for. Unfortunately these strains cause the body to tighten and distort the Cranio Sacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal chord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the Cranio Sacral system, and thus the entire body.
Fortunately such restrictions can be detected and corrected using gentle and specific Cranio Sacral Therapy techniques. With light touch, the practitioner uses his hands to evaluate the Cranio Sacral system at different locations of the body. Soft touch techniques are then used to release those restrictions.
The body is thus less burdened and has far more capacity for self regulation and correction. Cranio Sacral therapy is able to alleviate a wide spectrum of dysfunction, from sports injuries to strokes and neurological impairment.
Because it is such a gentle and relaxing technique, it is very suitable for everybody, especially children and babies. They respond incredibly well to this form of treatment and Cranio Sacral therapy has thus gained much popularity over the past ten years for all kinds of ailments.
Cranio Sacral Therapy is an effective treatment for the following conditions:
- Migraines and headaches
- Recurring Ear conditions
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Stress and Tension related conditions
- Motor coordination problems
- Infant and childhood disorders
- Brain and spinal chord Injuries
- Chronic Fatigue
- Immune system problems
- TMJ Syndrome
- Learning disabilities
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Orthopedic Problems
And many other Conditions