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What is Craniosacral Massage?
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle form of bodywork based on the work of osteopathic physicians Dr. John Upledger, D.O., O.M.M. and Dr. William Sutherland, D.O. It evaluates and enhances the function of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system.
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 (the cranium) down to the sacrum or tailbone. Since this system influences the development and function of the brain and spinal cord, any imbalance in the craniosacral system could cause sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities.
Subtle hand movements performed by the therapist detect and influence the flow of cerebrospinal fluid as it courses through the central nervous system, surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The therapist uses a light tough 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. Oftentimes, the evaluation alone removes the restriction and allows the system to correct and re-balance itself.
Correcting imbalances in the subtle rhythm of this pulse can reduce symptoms of headache, migraine, fatigue, chronic pain and many neurological dysfunctions. Craniosacral Therapy can alleviate a range of illness, pain, and dysfunction, including:
- Migraines and headaches;
- Chronic neck and back pain;
- Motor-coordination impairments;
- Chronic fatigue;
- Central nervous system disorders.
Craniosacral Therapy is performed fully clothed and uses only the lightest touch. It is a gentle system that encourages the client's own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate the negative effects of stress on your central nervous system. One also benefits from better overall health and improved resistance to disease.