The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face, and mouth – which make up the cranium – down to the sacrum or tailbone. Since this system influences the development and function of the brain and spinal cord, any imbalance or dysfunction in the craniosacral system could cause sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities. These problems may include chronic pain, eye difficulties, TMJ / jaw pain, headaches, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities, and other dysfunctions of the central nervous system.
Craniosacral therapy encourages the body’s natural healing mechanisms to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress, and enhance health and resistance to disease. The cerebrospinal fluid is the first thing to form at conception. Cerebrospinal fluid is the basis for ALL tissues in the body. Almost 100 years ago, William Sutherland, D.O. discovered subtle rhythms in this fluid that he called the Breath of Life. In the Biodynamic approach of craniosacral work the subtle rhythms produced by the Breath of Life are regarded as expressions of health that carry an essential principle for both body and mind. Dr. Sutherland realized the important role played by the fluids in the body (particularly cerebrospinal fluid) in helping to disseminate these ordering forces throughout the body.
The craniosacral therapy practitioner uses a light touch to assist the natural movement of fluid within the craniosacral system. Therapists generally use only 5 grams of pressure, roughly the weight of a nickel, to test for restrictions in various parts of the craniosacral system. It’s often possible for the evaluation alone to remove the restriction and allow the system to correct itself.
Renee Rutz has studied the Biodynamic approach of craniosacral therapy with Franklyn Sils.
Uses: migraine, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, headache, chronic pain, TMJ, sinus congestion, anxiety, acute or chronic conditions, low body awareness, stress, somatic and emotional stress responses, life transitions.
Whats it like?: Craniosacral uses a light touch and the client remains clothed