The Magic of Craniosacral Therapy
If you suffer from headaches, neck or back pain, muscle aches, joint pain or stiffness, or fibromyalgia, craniosacral therapy can help you find relief in a gentle, non-invasive, yet powerful way.This gentle and most enjoyable type of therapy helps to release the many tensions in our body created by injuries, overworked muscles, emotional and mental stresses, poor posture and body mechanics, infections, and many illnesses.
Craniosacral therapy is a form of bodywork that is very different from massage. Its focus is on the rhythms of the various tissues of the body. Trauma to the body, emotional distress, muscle tension of any type, mental stress, and the like disturb these rhythms which results in discomfort, tightness, and pain that may be very localized and distinct but often is difficult to pin down.
The craniosacral therapist is trained to listen with his/her hands for these disturbances in the body and to help the body rebalance itself. For a brief introduction on the development of craniosacral therapy , please read “The Mystery of Craniosacral Therapy”
Craniosacral therapy is performed with a light touch, while you are fully clothed. Almost immediately you will reach a state of deep relaxation that allows your body to focus fully on healing itself. By the end of your session, you will feel rejuvenated.
Each craniosacral therapy session continues to work its magic on your body for the next few days. You may be aware of these changes as they unfold.
We all carry tension in our bodies from daily stress, emotional upsets, overwork, lack of sleep, litttle bumps and bruises, as well as acute or chronic illnesses. Enjoy regular craniosacral sessions to reclaim your health and well-being.
Craniosacral Therapy is gentle and safe for people of all ages, including pregnant women, infants, children, and the elderly who are inherently more sensitive to touch.
Craniosacral Therapy supports the healing process no matter what the condition, whether acute or chronic.It is particularly effective with:
Headaches of all types
Sprains of any joint
Joint pain and stiffness
Rebalancing of the primary respiratory rhythm.
Pain after surgery
Improve moods,mental clarity and focus
Promote relaxation and sleep
Very important during and after pregnancy and for developing babe
Craniosacral therapy thus helps to pave the way to a successful pregnancy and delivery while promoting the health and well-being of the becoming mom and the developing baby.
Craniosacral therapy can facilitate labor & delivery for the mom
Craniosacral therapy helps the baby to cope with the stress of labor & delivery
Labor and delivery often is a most exhausting, drawn out, and painful process for the woman. We don’t really know how the baby experiences this same process. We pay attention only to signs of stress that signal imminent danger to the baby.
The baby has no way to communicate how it is doing. We do know that babies often spend a considerable amount of time in the birth canal in various positions.
Depending on the position, pressures come to bear on the mom’s sacrum, coccyx, or pubic symphysis, often causing tremendous discomfort or pain in the process. Fracture of the coccyx (tailbone) is a relatively common occurrence.
These same pressures are caused, and absorbed by the baby’s head as it comes to rest on these bony structures. Fortunately for the baby, the bones of its head (cranial bones), and the sutures between them, are relatively soft and pliable, with plenty of space between them at various places, called the fontanelles. These features permit movement of the cranial bones relative to each other, even allowing them to overlap one another along the suture lines.
If the baby finds an optimal position within the birth canal of the mom, the labor process is not drawn out for too long, and the delivery proceeds smoothly, the baby is well equipped to recover from these temporary anatomical changes to its head. The cranial bones will slowly “glide” back into place and the fontanelles will close over time. The sometimes quite distorted head takes on a harmonious shape.
If the baby is stressed too much during the birthing process, its ability to recover optimally may be compromised. The head bones will glide back into position but may be slightly misaligned, exerting stresses not only on the head but also on the facial bones, the spinal cord, and the rest of the body via the connective tissue that holds it all together.
We observe in the baby restlessness, difficulty sleeping, inconsolable crying, digestive upset, or colics, as well as failure to thrive and/or difficulty meeting its milestones on the emotional, mental, or physical plane.
How can craniosacral therapy help?
Tense muscles in the mom’s body, whether skeletal or smooth (as in the uterus), impede the birthing process, by firing incoherently, i.e. out of sync with each other, like a team of unruly children. This incoherent firing of uterine muscle cells may affect the baby’s trajectery through the cervix and into the birth canal. Tension in the skeletal muscles may exert uneven stress on the mom’s skeletal system, including the pelvis and birth canal, affecting the position the baby finds itself in, potentially for a very long time.
Craniosacral therapy helps to release the tension held in the mom’s musculoskeletal system and her uterus, as well as the birth canal, thus helping the baby to find a more optimal position and meet the world outside its mother’s womb with less stress. Labor is often shortened and less painful for the mom as well. A baby less stressed will be better equipped to recover from its strenuous journey and face the many joys and challenges that lie ahead.
In the early 1900′s, the osteopath Dr. William Garner Sutherland discovered that the bones of the skull continue to move until we die. He also noticed by experimenting on his own head with an adjustable leather helmet that pressures on the head in various places would elicit symptoms such as headaches, blurry vision, mental fogginess, nausea, balance issues, and mood changes. Dr. Sutherland thus made the connection between head or face trauma and pain, as well as many symptoms that seemed to be unrelated to the head trauma.
With further investigation he discovered that the brain and spinal cord were contained as one unit within a 3-layered membranous sac, closely adhering like a body stocking. This membranous sac was attached to the inside of the skull, the first two neck vertebrae, and the sacrum at the bottom of your back. Therefore, any trauma to the head or the spine might jar this sac and adversely affect the sensitive nerves of the spinal cord or the brain within it.
Within this membranous stocking, called the meninges, the brain and spinal cord are immersed in cerebrospinal fluid, which is pumped in and out of the brain at a regular rhythm, at a rate somewhere between the breathing rate and the heart rate. One can detect this rate by gently touching the head bones and observing their movements. Dr. Sutherland called this rhythm the Primary Respiratory Rhythm. Craniosacral Rhythm is another common term for it.
Dr. Sutherland noticed that the Primary Respiratory Rhythm changed with injuries, illness, postural disturbances, and so forth,. It might slow down, or speed up. Moreover, the rhythm itself became irregular. He also noticed that when gently resting his hands on the head bones or other areas of the body, the rhythm would eventually rebalance itself, and the symptoms would resolve.