When the balance in your body is feeling out of synch, we often describe it as cluttered, emotional, heavy or even just feeling down or flat. Headaches may also appear or you may experience pressure or tension through your skull and jaw.
Releasing the tension with cranio-sacral therapy is gentle and focused.
The cranio-sacral rhythm has a distinct pattern that is able to be guided past tense areas to find balance between the bones of the skull and the sacrum in the pelvis. This is important for fluid dynamics of the body, acting like a pump.
We have a deep understanding of the connections and adaptive patterns the body creates in response to injury & trauma, both emotional and physical.
Our collective interest grew in cranio-sacral from personal experiences working on and understanding our own skull traumas that occurred as youngsters. These injuries have been, on reflection, a blessing in disguise for our insight into cranio-sacral flow.
“It’s our sensitive and dedicated hands that are attune to the rhythms of the body, that assists us in identifying what path there is to unravel the blockage experienced by our clients.” (Dr Elise Fuller)
It’s the focused listening of the casing that envelopes a phenomenal structure known as our central nervous system (CNS – Brain & Spinal Cord).
It’s the hierarchial power in our body, the judge and the facilitator, central to our existence. So what happens when the CNS is too stimulated in one area? It’s possible that it’s under-stimulated in another area, that’s how the scales can balance throughout the entire system; a see-saw of adaptions.
How do we re-gain balance in a structure we cannot touch, this CNS? It comes back to a quote by the father of cranio-sacral therapy…
Tristan’s view of the cranium, as an extension of the rest of the body flow in mechanics, is testament to his whole body approach. “Often the cranio-sacral system is forgotten in everyday treatment. It’s important as practitioners, to include this area in our thinking so we can understand your whole picture.”
If this is put together a specific way there must be a function for it.
Dr. Sutherland is best known for viewing the human body as a sophisticated “machine” believing that dysfunction or impairment in one area was bound to compromise the entire structure.
This view is one that resonates strongly with me as a therapist. My attention to the details of movement of the human body including the cranio-sacral flow continually show me why I continue to pursue this way of thinking and working.
The cranio-sacral flow is experienced throughout the body from the interactions of our skull bones down to the lower spine (sacrum), as well as through our limbs. Tuning in to where the rhythm appears blocked is the key to facilitating flow.
Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) or craniosacral therapy is a type of bodywork that aims to relieve compression in the bones of the head, sacrum (a triangular bone in the lower back), and spinal column.
CST is noninvasive. It uses light touch, gentle pressure on the head, neck, and back to relieve the stress and pain caused by imbalance. As a result it can be used to treat a number of conditions such as direct skull or pelvic trauma.
By gently manipulating the bones in the skull, spine, and pelvis, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the central nervous system can be normalised. This removes potential “blockages” from the normal flow, which may enhance the body’s ability to heal.
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