Craniosacral therapy is very gentle, and does not involve any manipulation. The therapist uses a light touch and sensitivity to “listen” to a person’s system and to feel what it needs.
Craniosacral therapy is so-called because one of its main areas of focus is the fluid and tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord, from the head (cranium) down to the sacrum at the base of the spine. The health and movement of this area is central to a person’s wellbeing. It also connects with the rest of the body through the fascia, which surrounds and supports all our nerves, muscles, organs and other internal structures, forming a continuous network through the body. By tuning into this whole system, a craniosacral therapist can work with any part of the body.
As a result, craniosacral therapy is a holistic approach that integrates any changes and adjustments made within the whole body.
History of Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy developed from the work of an American osteopath, Dr William Sutherland in the early 1900s. He discovered a movement within the bones of the head that turned out to be a natural rhythm found through the central nervous system. He demonstrated that these movements are linked to a person’s mental and emotional health and that restriction of these movements reduces the body’s natural capacity to self-heal.
Craniosacral therapy has developed from clinical experience, which shows that health is not just an absence of disease but something active, the full expression of life.