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Cranial Sacral Therapy

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Brief Description

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle form of bodywork which elevates and improves the activity of the cranial sacral system. Anatomically this system includes the brain and the spinal cord, their surrounding fluids and membranes and the bones of the cranium and the spinal cord, their surrounding fluids and membranes and the bones of the cranium and the spine as well as the nerves emanating from them. Physiologically the cranial sacral system forms a whole body network of intricate pathways of nervous tissue and their hormones.

Over the past several decades it has been discovered that, like the respiratory and cardio system the cranial system has its own rhythmic fluctuations a regular ebb and flow of the cerebral spinal fluid. We call this the “cranial” rhythm. It influences joints, sutures, organs, glands, blood circulation and indeed every cell of the body.

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Where It Originates From.

Cranial sacral therapy was developed from the work of an American Osteopath, Dr William Sutherland in the early 1900’s.He discovered intrinsic movements of the bones in the head and his further research revealed different rhythms in the body and led to the identification of the cranial system.

Cranial sacral therapy had been developed from the clinical experience and research of Dr.Sutherland and numerous inspired practitioners.

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How Does It Work?

The therapist is trained in the art of deep palpitation, a fine sense of touch that allows him or her to explore the qualities of the tides as it flows through the tissue at the organs. In this way, restrictions to healthy function and growth can be assessed and released no matter whether the trauma was physical, chemical or emotional.

Fundamentals to cranial work is acknowledging the body’s innate intelligence and it’s inclination to move toward a state of balance and wellbeing. Manipulation or strong force is not used.

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What does it involve?

Cranial sacral therapy creates and maintains health by stimulating the body’s self-regulating ability. As such it treats the whole person and has a wide range of applications. Although cranial therapists can neither diagnose nor claim to cure specific diseases, people do bring numerous conditions or syndromes which have responded positively to this gentle approach to body work.

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Description of Treatment

Cranial sacral therapy is most often practised with clients laying down, fully clothed in a quiet peaceful environment. Sometimes treatment is experienced as profound relaxation affecting the whole person, physically mentally and emotionally. It is often accompanied by a feeling of lightness and ease. At other times treatment will evoke turbulence and emotion as deeply held traumatic patterns are assessed. As its best treatment is both a therapeutic and educational experience.

These are some conditions cranial sacral therapy has shown positive benefits in.

Depression

Digestive Problems

Eye Strain

Eye Strain

Headaches & Migraines

Health & Vitality

Vertigo

Sinus Problems

Speech

Squints

Tinnitus

TMJ Dysfunction