CranioSacral Therapy - A Gentle Whole Body Therapy
Updated: Jan 24
CranioSacral Therapy is most often defined as "a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord", but what does that actually mean and what is it really?
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy is a very gentle therapy that uses a combination of light touches on the head and body. These touches are as light as 5 grams, similar to the weight of a nickle. The light touch is very important. Any pressure deeper than this will cause the body to tighten up as it defends itself from the outside force. This light pressure also allows the practitioner to feel the different pulses and movements of the subtle system known as the craniosacral system.
As the body creates and regulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, a gentle rocking motion is created in the body and the skull. It can be felt in various places, most notably in the feet, thighs, shoulders, sacrum, and skull bones. This motion is what the CranioSacral therapist is feeling for when they touch the client's body. Often the rhythm is off sync and causes dysfunctions to arise in the body. By evaluating this rhythm, they can find imbalances and then correct them through more gentle holds and touches.
What are the Benefits?
Because the craniosacral system works with the nervous system through the membranes surrounding the spinal cord and the cranial nerves in the skull, it has far reaching effects throughout the body. The nervous system controls more than just pain receptors and bodily movement, it also regulates hormone production, the immune system, thoughts, breathing, stress response, digestion, sleep, and many other important functions. CranioSacral Therapy has been shown to help calm the nervous system and increase the rest and digest actions, allowing the body to be relieved of the effects of stress, anxiety, insomnia, chronic fatigue and even PTSD. It has also shown benefits to such issues as migraines, Alzheimer's, various palsy's, Autism, concussions, fibromyalgia, and different orthopedic problems.
There is still a lot of research going on into the benefits and effects of CranioSacral Therapy. It was only recently with improvements in MRI technology that allowed doctors to see the movement of cerebrospinal fluid in the body. There are also very few case studies that have been done on a large populations to confirm findings, even though there have been many small case studies throughout the years that do show benefits to reducing pain, decreasing stress, improving concussion recovery, and decreasing the effects of Alzheimer's and Autism. More studies are being done every year and showing the many benefits of CranioSacral Therapy.
CranioSacral Therapy is a non-intrusive, gentle therapy that has shown effects on the whole body. It is a great way to explore improved health and well being without the use of drugs or surgeries. Due to its gentle approach and having the client stay fully clothed and face up for the entire session, it is also an easy way to help someone new to massage and bodywork.
Currently at Point Clear Wellness, CranioSacral Therapy is available as a special introductory package of 3 or 6 sessions. Click here to purchase your package and experience the amazing benefits of this new therapy.