WHAT IS CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY?
Craniosacral Therapy (or simply Cranio) finds its origin in osteopathy. However, Cranio focuses mainly on fascial mobility in the soft tissues around the brain and spinal cord and the osseous structures surrounding it (the cranial bones, the spine, sacrum and pelvis). Using subtle techniques and a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams (or the weight of a nickel), restrictions are removed from these tissues and fascial tension is reduced. This allows the body to relax and self-correct. As a result, this therapy is deeply relaxing. After a session, you will feel balanced rested and rejuvenated.
Physical conditions can usually be traced back to an identifiable cause, such as an accident, injury or illness. These conditions will result in discomfort, pain and less mobility. Conventional medicine will mainly focus on the removal of the symptom(s) that cause the pain and discomfort, but the emotional/psychological aspect is generally not addressed. That aspect is usually treated separately, yet our mind and our body are interconnected and cannot be separated.
Cranio is a holistic form of bodywork, which means that the person is seen as a whole consisting of mind, body and soul and that symptoms and conditions are not treated on their own, but simultaneously. We don't just look at the symptom, but also at the root cause and the underlying emotional/psychological piece. On the one hand our physical condition or illness can cause fear, worry, frustration, anger and sadness, but the other way around is equally true. When we experience excessive worry, fear, guilt, shame, resentment and anger on a daily basis, this can end up making us sick, causing illnesses, diseases and cancers. It is often a vicious cycle, because in both instances there is a stress response in the body.
When tension and restrictions are being removed from the fascia and released, the underlying emotions and psychological stress often come into our awareness. In other words we become conscious of them. The condition is physical, but the root cause lies much deeper. Becoming conscious of these deeper emotions, traumas and psychological stresses as well as experiences that have not yet been fully processed, creates not only a physical release, but also an energetic one. This release in turn creates space for something new to emerge, namely more energy for the body to use in order to self-correct and heal.
In Craniosacral Therapy we believe that the body has an innate intelligence and wisdom that knows how to heal itself. It will always try to bring itself back to a state of homeostasis (balance) and perfection. A craniosacral therapist is no more than an extension and vehicle of this self-healing ability, following the tissue where it needs to go instead of trying to force it to conform to human knowledge, beliefs and egos.
During a session, while working with the body, I will look with you for the root cause of your condition. This creates an awareness of what is happening in your body and where the stress is located. The restrictions that hold stagnant energies are removed and as a result you will be able to feel and connect with who you really are.