The CranioSacral System
What it is
Describes the physiological body system which consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord (Central Nervous System), as well as the attached bones (cranium, face, vertebral column and pelvis /sacrum).
Dr. Upledger (Ostepath) discovered that an imbalance or dysfunction in this system can cause sensory, motor and/or neurological disabilities. So its benefits include most of ailments.
How does it work?
Like the movement of the cardiovascular system (heartbeat), and the respiratory system (breathing), the Craniosacral system has a rhythm that can be felt by skilled practitioners throughout the body, normally focusing on the feet knees torso and head.
By using a light touch over the fully clothed body of the patient, the source of an obstruction can be found. Once a source has been determined, the therapist can assist the natural movement of the fluid and related soft tissue to help the body correct itself and facilitate the activation of the body´s own self-regulating mechanisms and allowing the tissues to unwind and relax.
It´s a gentle but powerful NON-INVASIVE and PAIN-FREE form of massage and can be combined with other therapies. As I treat the body from the inside out, I work with fluids, nerves, tissues, fascia and outwards to bone, ligaments and muscles. Other therapists i.e. a physiotherapist or chiropractor would work on the periphery with muscle or bone adjustment etc.
A session is meant to relax the patient into a state of overall harmony. Nerve endings along the spinal cord are meant to work more harmoniously at the end of a session. In fact, some patients are so relaxed at the end of a craniosacral therapy session that they fall asleep or enter a dreamlike state.
Craniosacral therapy sessions also might involve a lot of in-depth talking with your practitioner so that they can find the true source of your pain or discomfort. Sessions can last anywhere from one to two hours, and can be performed on any aged patient.
Recent spinal tap or puncture in the Craniosacral system
Acute brain Haemorrhage or stroke
Recent fracture of skull bones, vertebral column or ribs
Other conditions where a variation and or slight increase in intracranial pressure would cause instability
If you have any concerns about CST you should consult your physician prior to receiving a session