Synopsis: Craniosacral therapy works on balancing and aligning the craniosacral system: the bodily system comprised of the membranes, nerves, tissues, and cerebrospinal fluid that encompass the brain, spinal cord, and fascia.
A light touch is utilized to release restrictions and imbalances found in the craniosacral system to allow optimal health and functioning of the central nervous system. This can relieve stress, chronic pain, migraines, chronic fatigue, and whole range of imbalanced symptoms.
Fascial Connection: The body is fully connected through fascial tissue that exists between your skin and the muscles and organs, surrounds your brain and connects down your spinal cord. When the body experiences trauma - either physically or emotionally, the fascia acts as a protective barrier aiming to keep the force of this trauma from entering deeper in the body. Over time these restrictions become more externally expressed in the form of aches and pain, emotional instability, hormone disruptions, overall imbalance.
The Skull and its Sutures: Some medical professionals in United States are oddly unique in their assumption that the sutures of the skull are fused together by adulthood. It has been shown by other medical experts that the sutures are indeed still fluid and mobile throughout our entire life.
There are three layers of connective tissue called the Menengies, that encase the brain and spinal cord. Trauma and restrictions in these layers can impact function of the brain and nervous system. For example: Dr. Upledger - one of the primary founders and developers of this therapeutic approach - found that children experiencing ADD/ADHD symptoms almost all had a restriction in the right temporal bone. When this restriction was released, the patients saw improvement towards neuro-normative behaviors.
Energy Cysts: The residual impacts of trauma can be felt through the body by just the hands of the craniosacral practitioner. In the body's attempt to return to a homeostasis it accumulates trauma into what we call Energy Cysts. These residual impacts of trauma can be felt through the body by just the hands and perception of the craniosacral practitioner. Once identified, there are specific techniques to release the tension and allow the craniosacral system to return to a true point of balance.