What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a complementary therapy; a gentle form of bodywork which evaluates and improves the activity of the CranioSacral System. Physiologically this system comprises the brain and spinal cord, their surrounding membranes and fluids, and all divisions of the nervous system. Accordingly the entire body is accessed by the light touch of craniosacral therapy in this way because of the intricate pathways of nervous tissue throughout the body.
Craniosacral Therapy – How does It Work?
In craniosacral therapy the therapist works with the cranial wave and is trained to palpate or touch the body in such a way as to explore the structures and patterns held within it. Palpation may variously be used to discover normal or abnormal organ function; to sense the flow and quality of the body’s fluid systems; to evaluate the mobility or restriction of the joints; to monitor the relation of the bones to one another; and even to sense the electro-magnetic energy field of the body. In this way, restrictions to healthy function and growth may be accessed and released. Whether these restrictions occur in the physical body, in the individual’s emotional world or are held within the psyche, craniosacral therapy allows the client to release these blocks and heal.
Fundamental to the practice of Craniosacral Thereapy is the concept of the body’s innate intelligence and natural inclination of movement to a state of health and well-being. Manipulation or force is not used in cranial work as the therapist works from the principal of respecting the body’s natural tendency to self-correct and rebalance. In other words, the therapist listens with her hands and reflects back so the client can recognise and safely release unwanted negative patterning. Craniosacral Therapy is a hands on healing modality often known as “The Gentle Touch” and works to restore health and well-being holistically to body, mind and spirit.
Craniosacral Therapy – Benefits and Medical Conditions
The benefits of Craniosacral Therapy are long lasting and include the following:
- support of the body’s innate healing processes through the improved operation of the nervous system
- diversion of the effects of stress, enhanced health and vitality, increased resistance to disease
- deep relaxation and healing throughout the body and soul
The gentleness and non-invasive approach of craniosacral therapy make it a particularly suitable therapy for conditions where other forms of treatment may be contra-indicated or uncomfortable to receive e.g. acutely painful conditions such as post-operative treatment; neo-natal care; pre and post-natal treatment of mothers and care of the elderly or infirm.
Areas where the use of craniosacral therapy may be indicated include birth trauma, difficulties in pregnancy, childhood behavioural and developmental problems and behavioural and personality distortions induced by chronic stress and shock.
Medical Conditions Effectively Treated by Craniocacral Therapy Include:
Allergies; Auditory difficulties incl tinnitus and middle ear problems; Autism; Arthritis; Brain and Spinal Cord injuries; Central nervous system disorders; Cerebral Palsy; Chronic fatigue; Colic; Depression; Digestive disorders; Emotional difficulties; Endocrine (hormonal) imbalances; Exhaustion; Fibromyalgia and other connective tissue diseases; Frozen shoulder; Headaches and Migraine; Immune disorders; Impotence; Infertility; Insomnia; Injuries due to falls or accidents; Learning disabilities such as ADD and dyslexia; Menstrual difficulties; Motor co-ordination difficulties; Neck and back pain; Nervous disorders; Orthopedic problems; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis; Rheumatism; Sciatica; Sinusitis; Spinal distortions such as scoliosis and whiplash; Stress or shock, whether of physical, mental or emotional origin; TMJ/jaw disfunction; Trigeminal neuralgia; Vision disturbances such as squints; etc
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