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Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is currently one of the most successful and fastest growing approaches to mind-body-spirit balance. It is a fluid system with a pulse that has been likened to that of the cardiovascular system and its rhythm can be felt throughout the body. It works with the body's inherent intelligence and is the structural aspect of our central nervous system.

Dr. William G. Sutherland, now generally considered the founder of this therapy, introduced his concept of a 'primary respiratory system' from cranial movement around 1901 to the osteopathic profession. His research outlined the subtle motion of cranial bones, perceiving the effect on the whole body and helping the system re-establish harmony through its ability to self-correct. Dr. Randolph Stone, osteopath, chiropractor, naturopath, and founder of the therapy now termed ‘Polarity Therapy ’, incorporated such techniques into his work, but the label “craniosacral” wasn’t coined until more recent years by Dr. John Upledger. Dr. Upledger, osteopathic physician and surgeon, had his interest in the craniosacral system ignited during surgery in the early 1970’s. His research at the Michigan State University and clinical work of the last 25 years, endorses Dr. Sutherland’s teachings, and has largely been the momentum behind today’s rapid growth of working with the craniosacral system to evaluate and help alleviate pain and dysfunction.

The craniosacral system exists in humans and all animals possessing a brain and spinal cord. Its formation begins in the womb and its function continues until death. It consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. An imbalance in this system can result in sensory, motor and neurological dysfunction anywhere in the body. With gentle, hands-on techniques, the therapist can assist the craniosacral system to improve the body’s internal mechanisms. This therapy requires a sensitive touch rather than a heavy hand to assist the body to return to its inherent state of balance and optimal health patterns. It has been found beneficial to a wide range of health concerns - from headaches, back pain, insomnia, fibromyalgia, attention-deficit disorder, and birth defects, to general health maintenance.


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