What is Craniosacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle manual therapy that releases tensions in and around your central nervous system, so that every other system in your body can relax and self-correct.
This technique is very different to other kinds of complementary therapies. It is not a massage, more like a listening. With a very soft touch, the therapist feels and follows the subtle motions of your tissues, even in the deeper layers, so that your body can show where it needs help. We facilitate the softening or release of blockages, in order to bring a healthier and balanced state to your body.
What to expect from a treatment?
Receiving a treatement of CranioSacral Therapy is a very nice and relaxing experience:
Provides a deep, relaxing treatment for the entire body
Reduces stress and helps with stress related issues and pains
Enhances overall health and well-being and allows for self-healing
Helps to relieve chronic pain
It is a complementary therapy. It may be used alongside your conventional medical treatment but it does not replace it.
How does it work?
The goal of CranioSacral Therapy is to evaluate and enhance the functioning of a physiological system called the craniosacral system. This system protects and helps nourish the brain and the spinal cord, from the cranium to the sacrum. Hence its name craniosacral = cranio + sacrum.
Restrictions in this system can affect not only the central nervous system, but also the functioning of hormones, digestion, muscle tensions and more. The craniosacral system can also, in turn, be affected by restrictions and tensions from other parts or systems of the body.
During a CranioSacral Therapy session, we treat the body as a whole. With a very light touch, the therapist evaluates, follows the restriction pattern or blockages in the craniosacral system and throughout the body. It will allow the central nervous system and every other system to relax and self-correct.
Where does this therapy come from?
CranioSacral Therapy was pioneered and developed by American osteopathic doctor John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.
The Upledger Institute
Upledger Institute International (UII) is a healthcare resource center recognized worldwide for its comprehensive education programs, advanced treatment options and for its unique outreach initiatives. The Institute has trained over 125,000 therapists in 110 countries. In the United States, special programmes include : Concussion Intensive Therapy Programs and Research Studies, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders Therapy for Veteran. Learn more.