Our body has great potential to self-heal. For this to work, there needs to be a state of complete calmness which is difficult to achieve in the modern, urban way of life.
Craniosacral therapy originates from osteopathy. During his studies, William Garner Sutherland (1873-1954) first identified and recognized the involuntary rhythmic movement of the cranial bones, the brain, membranes and cerebrospinal fluids. He named this gentle rhythmic pulsation “primary respiration”. This inherent movement is not driven by physiological process, but by deeper forces. It is an expression of what Mr. Sutherland named the breath of life. It can be felt anywhere in the body. It appears shortly after conception and disappears after death.
His work is now the basis of the biodynamic craniosacral therapy.
The ever-present breath of life is perceived as a vital force and an expression of our intrinsic health with its own inherent intelligence. It is the foundation of our health. A craniosacral therapist, while supporting and listening to this inherent life force, allows the body to access its own healing resources with the application of a specific, soft and attuned touch.
Craniosacral resonance is a gentle hands-on therapy. It is a comprehensive personal approach to healing and a deep connection between the body, mind and soul. With their neutral and loving presence, the therapist support the healing forces inherent in everybody. Through the gentle movement of bodily fluids and tissues, the therapist senses and listens to the patient’s breath of life, and its rhythmic expression – an occurrence similar to tidal movements. The therapist tunes to the quality of this expression and supports unfolding processes determined by the forces of health and their inherent intelligence towards more integration and balance.
Establishing a safe, grounded and attuned holding environment is the basis of any therapeutic process. It creates the foundation for establishing trust and deepening the therapeutic process beyond conditioned patterns into a wider perspective that also includes expressions of health. Various conditions and traumas can then be processed in a contained way without any excessive stimulation and without having to re-experience past events.
The autonomic nervous system, which controls the involuntary functions of the body, is divided into two parts: the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is a system for short-term survival, a system of “fight or flight”, which activates the sympathetic nerves when responding to a signal (real or imaginary). The parasympathetic nervous system is a system for long-term survival, it encourages rest, regeneration and self-healing. Both systems are key to our survival. In the current state of modern living our organs receive far more impulses through the sympathetic nervous system. The aim of craniosacral therapy is to establish a balance between these two poles leading to a more integrated and healthy state.
The list of medical conditions where craniosacral therapy can help is extensive. It helps with most conditions that are caused by imbalance (physical, emotional or mental). As this modality is gentle and non-intrusive it is safe and thus also suitable for pregnant women and babies.
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy can be supportive in the following conditions:
Allergies, arthritis, asthma/bronchitis, autism, back pain, bladder conditions, chronic fatigue, problems with bones, joints, breathing, digestion, nerves, sight, etc., depression, mental issues, effusion, headaches, hormonal imbalance, hyperactivity, high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia, weak immune system, menstrual pain, migraines, muscle pain, morning sickness, prenatal depression and stress.
Craniosacral therapy also works as a prevention. The immune system is strengthened, overall well-being is improved and energy levels increase so we can more easily get along with our days, tackle everyday stress and enjoy our lives to the fullest.