What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CST is a light touch manual therapy that addresses restrictions in the CranioSacral system. The system is composed of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This system extends from the bones of the skull, face, and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or tailbone area. The CranioSacral system directly impacts the central nervous system, and an imbalance there could cause sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities. CST helps correct restrictions so the body can release the effects of stress naturally and relieve undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord.
Intracranial Membrane System (ICM)
The dural membrane system attaches and lines the bones of the skull and comes down the vertebral column and attaches to the sacrum. It is one continuous membrane system, however, it has two names. When inside the skull or head it is called the intracranial membrane system (ICM) and when outside the head it is called the dural tube.
The ICM system is composed of three membranous layers. The pia mater, which surrounds the brain, the middle or arachnoid membrane and the outer layer that attaches to the skull, the dura mater. The dura mater has two layers. The periosteal layer, which lines the inside of the skull bones and the meningeal layer. When the two layers of the dura mater split they create the venous sinuses and the intracranial membranes system or the falx and tentorium.
The falx and tentorium or the ICM system is made up of dense fiberous tissue, or fascia. Because the dura mater is attached to the skull, the cranial bones can be used as handles to to find and release restrcitions in the ICM system. By using CST to help release fascial restrictions in the membranes, normal physiological motion is restored.
Craniosacral Therapists believe the body has an innate self-correcting mechanism and by using CS techniques we assist the body in its own self-corrective process within the CS system, thereby allowing the body to decide how the correction should be made.Back to top of page
Craniosacral Therapy is especially useful for those diagnosed with:
- ADD (attention deficit disorder) /ADHD
- autism /PDD
- birth trauma
- breastfeeding concerns
- chronic or unresolved pain
- ear infections
- plagiocephaly (misshapen head)
- physical and emotional pain
- pregnant families
- problems from forceps or vacuum delivery
- TMJ issues
We know that the cells and tissue in the body have the ability to retain the memories of experienced trauma. They also store the energy of specific emotions related to the experienced physical or emotional trauma. When CranioSacral therapy has released a restriction that stored energy from a traumatic event, the client may re-experience the memories and emotions that occurred during the original accident or trauma. These may be positive or negative events. This may occur immediately during the treatment session or within a few days following the session. A SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is the expression of emotion that, for reasons deemed appropriate by some part of the client’s nonconscious, has been retained, suppressed, and isolated within the tissue/soma.Back to top of page