So often people ask me what is CranioSacral Therapy exactly and how can it help me? Or, but I really like a “deep, deep massage” so how can such “gentle” work ….work???
I could get technical and scientific here, and there are a plethora of internet pages where one can garner such information (especially the Upledger Institue website, the institution I am certified by), but my intention is to give you a “feel” for what CranioSacral Therapy is.
Take a moment and think when was the last time, or first time for that matter, when you noticed your breathing? Do you ever pay attention to your breath? How about paying “attention” to it with “intention”???.
Be still for a moment, sit in a comfortable chair with feet flat and nice posture.
Close your eyes.
Place one hand on each thigh, ….just breath. Pay attention to the rhythm of your breath. Just follow it.
Now, see if you can feel the rhythm of your breath under your hands, in your thighs. It is subtle, but notice how there is a reflection of breath in your tissue.
Now, hold your breath for a few moments, stay relaxed.
Notice anything? Another rhythm under your hands possibly?
That is your CranioSacral rhythm.
Now, breath again and see if you can distinguish the difference between the two.
We have many “rhythms” in our bodies. Our heartbeat, our breathing, and our craniosacral rhythm which is created by the production and re-absorption of cerebrospinal fluid. This cerebrospinal fluid movement is reflected in the tissues of the body, and CranioSacral Therapists are taught how to detect and use this rhythm to help people achieve wellness.
Here is one example. Every day stresses and strains are absorbed by the body, and it can only handle but so much before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the functioning of the central nervous system, which is directly related to the performance of nearly every other system in the body. CranioSacral Therapy releases those tensions (via fascia, dura, dural tube and cranial bones) to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. Thus the central nervous system can perform at its best and pain, and stress are eliminated naturally and your resistance to “dis-ease” is strengthened, while health and well-being are enhanced.
The adult human body is approximately 85% water. Think about that for a moment…… we are a living, moving, fluid “environment”. We rely on our “fluids” ( blood, lymph and cerebrospinal fluid) to transport critical components throughout our bodies to conduct the millions of functions necessary for life, without even a thought to its movement. I am asking you to take a moment and be still, contemplate your inner universe and the flow of your life….. which can be accessed through CranioSacral Therapy.
One of my favorite authors Kahlil Gibran wrote in “Sand and Foam”:
“When God threw me, a pebble, into this wondrous lake I disturbed its surface with countless circles. But when I reached the depths I became very still”
Be still, and know.