A very gentle yet effective form of manual therapy. It was developed in the 1900s by an American Osteopath Dr. William Sutherland. Craneo-Sacral therapy works with the bodys natural capacity to self regulate. It involves two main aspects, ones that is concern with enhancing the bodys underlying vitality and the second is the release of restrictions to free the distribution of this vitality throughout the body. This vitality manifests though the very gentle movement of the Craneo-Sacral system, which involves the cranium its membranes and the cerebrospinal fluids (CSF).
In a regular session the client will lay in the treatment couch fully clothed and the therapist will be making contact by gently placing the hands in the body to tuning in. This light contact may be taken up in the cranium, sacrum, shoulders, feet and other parts of the body if appropriate. The therapist palpates to identify movements, patters or restrictions and follows these movements until points of resistance are encountered and release can occur. Treatment is usually experienced as a profound relaxation that may involve the person physically, mentally and emotionally.
Due to its gentle approach many people can benefit from Craneo-Sacral therapy, and because it treats the whole person it can positive influence all health aspect. Some of the many conditions which may benefit from Craneo-Sacral therapy are:
- Headache and Migraine
- Joint Disorders and Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Stress, tension, anxiety, insomnia
- Back and neck pain
We incorporate Craneo-Sacral therapy as part of the massage therapy treatment. It is very beneficial at the end of the massage Therapy session, when it can help the body to deeper relax and access a point of stillness where, in this state our body can better process all the sensory stimuli and proprioceptive information that it has experience during the massage therapy session.
After reassessing clients reaction to the therapy a more tailored treatment can be consider, including more or a full Craneo-Sacral therapy treatment, if appropriate.