Craniosacral Therapy

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, safe and effective treatment for a wide range of health conditions. The principles of Craniosacral Therapy were first recognised over a 100 years ego through the research of an American Osteopath and physician, Dr William Sutherland. His research discovered that there is a functioning, physiological system in the body that was later referred to, by osteopathic physician Dr John E. Upledger, as the Craniosacral System. This system is comprised of the cranium (skull) that extends down to the tailbone (sacrum), the three layered membranes called meninges, and the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds, protects and nourishes the brain and spinal cord. Dr Sutherland identified the tide-like rhythmic movements of the Craniosacral System. These subtle rhythms can be felt throughout the body, and every cell in the healthy body expresses these natural rhythmic motions, which are closely linked with the physical and emotional health. He concluded that these motions are expressions of an  intelligent, organizing and inherent Life Force within the body, which he referred to as ‘The Breath of Life’.  This Life Force is received by the cerebrospinal fluid, transported to all tissues and cells within the body and generates tide-like rhythmic motions. The ability of tissues to express their rhythmic motion provides a wealth of information about the functioning of the body and determines the state of health and vitality in the body.
Craniosacral therapy has been developed and refined over the years into the unique style of deep listening into the body through the gentle, highly specialized touch of the practitioner.

For more information on Craniosacral therapy please visit Craniosacral Therapy Association, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America and Craniosacral Therapy Information Site.

“The structure of the body and how it functions are inextricably linked and that each person contains within himself the resources necessary for health.”

Dr Andrew Taylor Still MD, DO

How does Craniosacral Therapy work?

In response to physical and emotional traumas the body tissues contract and tighten up and free flow of this rhythmic motion may become restricted. This will not only inhibit the natural functioning of the body structures in the restricted region but has ramifications throughout the entire body, such as effects on the endocrine system, the immune system and the CNS (Central Nervous System). If not addressed, these restrictions can accumulate and lead to a wide variety of health problems such as back pain, migraine and IBS. Through the very subtle palpation and specialized sense of touch, the Craniosacral therapist notices any changes to the natural expression of the rhythmic motions within the body, identifies imbalances, restrictions and strain patterns in the body. The body has natural abilities to stay healthy, to rejuvenate, restore health and prevent illness. Craniosacral therapy facilitates and encourages this self- healing, self- balancing ability of the body, boosts the immune system and resistance to disease.



Please note that Craniosacral Therapy should not take the place of conventional medical treatment and you should consult your doctor for any health concerns.