This past weekend I had the opportunity to continue my study of CranioSacral Therapy (CST) through the Upledger Institute. What a fantastic experience! Previously, I had taken an introduction to CST course that dealt with the basics of the CranioSacral System and a some of it's powerful, light-touch therapeutic techniques. I've been using many of these techniques with clients for awhile now, with great results, and have been eager to learn more. This class included a much more thorough and detailed exploration of the anatomy of the CranioSacral System, and all of the techniques required to administer a full assessment and treatment of the CranioSacral System. I'm so excited as I continue to learn more about this subtle and extremely effective therapy. Here's a little bit about it...
In a nutshell, the CranioSacral System is a series of connective tissue membranes that surround and protect the Central Nervous System (CNS). The membranes are connected to the inner surfaces of the bones of the skull and at the tailbone, and are connected by the Dural Tube, which runs down the inside of the spinal column. These membranes create a semi-closed hydraulic system that keeps the CNS bathed in a nutrient rich bath of Cerebrospinal Fluid. The flow of the Cerebrospinal Fluid within the system creates a subtle yet perceptible rhythm called the CranioSacral Pulse. It is one of three main pulses of the body, along with the Respiratory Pulse (breathing) and the Cardiac Pulse (heartbeat). The CranioSacral System is the innermost core of the network of connective tissue (fascia) that connects all parts of the body.
Trauma (injuries, falls, car accidents, surgeries), Stress, Repetitive Motion, Disease, and Emotions can all affect the proper functioning of the CranioSacral System, causing a wide variety of symptoms. Often chronic and difficult to diagnose patterns of pain can be alleviated through CranioSacral treatment where no other solutions have been effective.
In a treatment, the CranioSacral therapist feels for abnormalities and inconsistencies in the the client's CranioSacral Pulse at various points on the body, identifying restrictions in the fascial network. Structural techniques are employed to help the client's body release those restrictions and restore balance and ease of function to the system. Since the rhythms of the CranioSacral system are quite subtle, the therapist uses a very light touch to blend with, and "listen to", the client's body. The techniques of CST are non-invasive and very relaxing. Sometimes clients feel like the therapist isn't actually doing much of anything, so when they feel the positive results of the therapy they are very much surprised. To many, it almost feels like magic!
I am very grateful to have the ability to share this amazing therapy with my clients, old and new. The CST techniques blend incredibly well with those of Shiatsu and Myofascial Massage, and I look forward to continuing to learn and sharpening my skills as I help more and more people get out of pain and find balance in their lives!
If you have any questions about CranioSacral Therapy, Shiatsu, or Myofascial Massage please don't hesitate to get in touch. I am always happy to help!