**The Hands-on Aspect of CranioSacral Therapy is a focus on the Connective Tissue (also called Fascial Tissue) build-up of FUZZ in the body** (see link below)
Following is a general description and explanation of a session with me…..
Part 1: Physical Restrictions – Illnesses, Dis-Eases
1. My gentle hands-on work ‘melts down/removes’ the FUZZ - ie the build-up or scarring that occurs in the connective tissue between muscle fibres, skin, etc. following injuries or any trauma that has inflammation involved.
2. I have attached a video about connective tissue and FUZZ… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCfclmGrjMk
3. The narrator encourages stretching… my personal experience and research shows that very gentle stretching is ok…; however, the latest research indicates that the ‘relaxation’ phase of muscles is more effective and longer lasting…. These exercises are called Somatics… I have several hand-outs and often teach clients the appropriate Somatic exercises to do when not seeing me… after all, my intention is to empower my clients to get well and stay well.
4. I also encourage the use of a good Collagen supplement… I can offer suggestions….
5. I teach that Whole-Being wellness comes from much more than my work …
6. In fact, I see me as a catalyst for change. Typically, when a client comes to me, they are at a time in their life when they are ready for change and my gift is to be the ‘wind beneath their wings’. Together we clear out whatever’s in the way of becoming ‘who they really are’.
7. My intention is to encourage Holistic health principles that include good nutrition, body movement, diminishing sources of inflammation - eg stress, resolution of negative belief systems and much more…
8. I endeavour to equip my clients with a broader, more holistic perspective than expecting our sessions to ‘fix’ everything… I have multiple resources that I tailor to each client’s needs.
**Please note: Results of releasing restrictions in the FUZZ are as varied as the client’s that I see.
Part 2: Cell Memory ie The Soma of the Cells
1. Often memories/thoughts and emotions (Soma of the Cells) are released from the restrictions in the connective tissues…they’ve been stored there as ‘energy cysts’. Release of these memories and feelings can occur during or after the session – sometimes days later;
2. My sessions are in essence, ‘taking old slivers of life out’….
3. Clients are supported by my skills in Somato-Emotional work – ie guiding the client in methods of ‘shining a light’ on old trauma …. and helping to deal with the emotions and thoughts that arise.
4. I believe that when we cannot see, know or understand ‘why’ we feel as we do, over time deeply held beliefs and traumas can create break down –physical, mental, emotional and spiritual … to the point of auto-immune diseases and issues like PTSD;
Resource: The Body Keeps the Score by Dr Bessel Von der Kolk
5. My intention is to empower Clients to become ‘witnesses’ to the ‘old stories’ held within that can cause disempowering traumatic reactions in daily life be they mental, emotional, spiritual and/or physical; I also offer extensive resources for self-help at home.
6. I am Highly-Intuitive and able to ‘see and hear’ and be the ‘voice’ or ‘Soul-Speak’ of the Client’s Inner Being.
7. Ultimately, the goal of our sessions is for Clients to ‘hear’ their own Inner Voice/Soul/Heart instead of being ‘pushed around’ by the Brain/Ego, for the following reasons:
a. I believe that the body is a metaphor for our thinking;
b. When our thoughts are guided by our Inner Being and we feel safe to trust our Self - Improved health at all levels must result.
Books that illustrate this include: In an Unspoken Voice by Peter Levine
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
8. My deepest intention is for my Client to learn to trust their own Inner Wisdom and to feel Safe in their own bodies.
9. To this end, my greatest joy is supporting the process of ‘clearing out what’s in the way of my Clients being who they really are’: as Jeff Brown states in his book Soul Shaping ‘CranioSacral Therapy softens the Client from the inside out and able to live from our Hearts.
This short video illustrates the beauty and life-force called Tides...'felt' in Cranio Sacral Therapy. When the body has restrictions, this rhythm is imbalanced. Supporting and improving the rhythm ultimately results in improved health...and normalizing of the body functions.
What conditions does CranioSacral Therapy address?
o Migraines and Headaches
o Chronic Neck and Back Pain
o Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
o Motor-Coordination Impairments
o Infant and Childhood Disorders
o Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
o Chronic Fatigue
o TMJ Syndrome
o Central Nervous System Disorders
o Learning Disabilities
o Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Developmental Trauma
o Orthopedic Problems
o And Many Other Conditions
Are there any conditions for which CST shouldn't be used?
There are certain situations where application of CST would not be recommended. These include conditions where a variation and/or slight increase in intracranial pressure would cause instability. Acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other preexisting severe bleeding disorders are examples of conditions that could be affected by small intracranial pressure changes.
How many CranioSacral Therapy sessions will I need?
Response to CST varies from individual to individual and condition to condition. Your response is uniquely your own and can''t be compared to anyone else''s — even those cases that may appear to be similar to your own. The number of sessions needed varies widely — from just one up to three or more a week over the course of several weeks.
When was CranioSacral Therapy developed?
It was in 1970, during a neck surgery in which he was assisting, that osteopathic physician John E. Upledger first observed the rhythmic movement of what would soon be identified as the craniosacral system.
None of his colleagues nor any of the medical texts at the time could explain this discovery, however. His curiosity piqued, Dr. Upledger began searching for the answer. He started with the research of Dr. William Sutherland, the father of cranial osteopathy. For some 20 years beginning in the early 1900s, Sutherland had explored the concept that the bones of the skull were structured to allow for movement. For decades after, this theory remained at odds with the beliefs of the scientific and medical communities. Dr. Upledger believed, however, that if Sutherland’s theory of cranial movement was in fact true, this would help explain, and make feasible, the existence of the rhythm he had encountered in surgery.
It was at this point that Dr. Upledger set out to scientifically confirm the existence of cranial bone motion. From 1975 to 1983 he served as clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics at Michigan State University, where he supervised a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers in research and testing.
The results not only confirmed Sutherland’s theory, but led to clarification of the mechanisms behind this motion — the craniosacral system. Dr. Upledger’s continued work in the field ultimately
resulted in his development of CranioSacral Therapy.