Cranio Sacral Therapy

What is Cranio Sacral Therapy? 

Cranio Sacral Therapy might be new to other people but some people may have heard about this healing modality but aren’t sure what it is.
“CranioSacral Therapy is an educated, specific, noninvasive touch that supports your body’s innate ability to heal.”
This gentle healing technique can address a variety of health concerns.
Tissue Release – it is a sense of softening and relaxation when the technique in use has come to a successful completion.
It doesn’t mean that the session is over, just that this phase is finished.

Factors for tissue release which are part of CST are:
1.      Relaxation of nervous reflexes which have produced increased tissue tone.
2.      Tissue morphological change from elastic resistance to viscous compliance. This indicates lengthening of tissue fibers without biomechanical memory for the return of their original dimensions.
3.      A sense of increased passage of fluids through the tissues under treatment.
4.      A sense of increased flow of energy through the tissues under treatment
5.      An emission for increased heat radiating form the appropriate body region.
6.      A sense of repelling force as perceived by the therapist’s hand when palpating the involved area.
7.      There may be a sense of crescendo and decrescendo of the Therapeutic Pulse related to the release.

Common Signs that you may during your therapy:
1.      Softening
2.      Lengthening
3.      Increased fluid flow
4.      Increased energy flow
5.      Heat
6.      Energetic repelling – feels like opposing magnets
7.      Therapeutic pulse (this will fade)
8.      Deep breaths

Excerpt from writer/ blogger K. Mackinnon

Here’s why CranioSacral Therapy may be the answer you seek for your health issue:
1.  You Can Discover the Healing Power of Your Inner Wisdom:
CranioSacral Therapy is a simple, direct way of accessing your own inner wisdom and innate healing mechanism. The clients’ inner wisdom leads and directs the session, which is the central premise of this modality.  Once a therapist has completed an assessment, the next step is to pay close attention and note what’s going on in your body.  The therapists’ hands respond accordingly and are guided to what has been shown.  As a therapist myself, I like to describe it as listening and following with my hands.

2.  It Uses a Combined Mind, Body and Spirit Approach:
It works on the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of oneself.  Each session is unique which means any one of these aspects, or combination of these aspects, can appear in a session. For example, sometimes we have a sense with a headache that it’s in response to an emotional trigger, but can’t quite identify it. With CranioSacral Therapy, clients’ are provided the opportunity to feel how and where the tissue is holding tension as the emotional trigger shows up. Many times it is one of those “ah ha” moments when a connection is made between a physical ailment and an emotional trigger!

3.  Receive It At Any Age:
CranioSacral Therapy can be received from the time of conception and onwards, including support of the dying process. This is one of the beauties of CST.  Plus, it can be of great help during pregnancy, too.  I benefited from CranioSacral Therapy during my pregnancy with twins. I received regular sessions throughout, which meant that my body was able to easily adapt to the rapid changes taking place as my twins grew during pregnancy. When my children fall and hurt themselves I can effectively treat them wherever we are. Being grounded and present in my body and my hands are all that’s needed!

4.  Complements Western or Alternative Medicine Approaches:
Any other form of treatment a client is receiving can be combined with CranioSacral Therapy. For example, I have successfully treated people who are undergoing chemotherapy, surgery or dental work. CranioSacral Therapy helps the body find its most efficient way of healing after surgery. It’s often when the acute phase of healing is over that the tissue needs a reminder that it no longer needs to hold on to the trauma and can let go of the work it has been doing to contain it.

5.  It’s Flexible:
Clients can work as intensively as they like. Treatments can be received daily, weekly, monthly or as one personally decides. Another option is a CranioSacral Therapy Multi-Hands session.  When a client opts for a Multi-Hands session, it includes two or more therapists working with the client at one time.  This can be an extremely effective choice when working with a more complex health issue such as a head injury.  Or, when clients want to expedite the healing of a particular issue, they can choose a Multi-Hands session.  CranioSacral Therapy is routinely carried out on a massage table or on a dental chair.  Surprisingly short treatments can be very effective while standing in line, too!

Overall CranioSacral Therapy is a highly effective light-touch therapy that works with the source of pain and dysfunction and the whole body simultaneously.  Now that you have more information about this noninvasive healing technique, you can decide if it’s the answer for your health issue.   I encourage you to give it a try and let me now the results!