Life expresses itself with motion
When we are functioning at our best, our bodies pulse with the rhythms of life. These rhythms are a measure of a person’s well-being; we can gauge a person’s health, for example, from the strength and steadiness of their breathing and the pulsing of their heart.

Other rhythms are present in the body, too. From your brain, all the way down your spinal column to your sacrum, your central nervous system is sheathed in cerebrospinal fluid that also pulses with subtle rhythms, called “craniosacral tides”. 

Just as disturbances in your cardiovascular rhythms (such as weak pulse, shallow or rapid breathing) can be indications of trauma or disease, disturbances in craniosacral tides can be a sign that all is not well with your body.

Pain and discomfort stems from lack of motion
During the course of our lives we have many experiences that affect our body’s natural rhythms, such as trauma, injury, stress and illness. Our bodies become patterned, shaped and conditioned according to how well we are able to cope with these stresses.

If the stresses or traumas are overwhelming, they can become locked in the body as sites of inertia. This inertia, or ‘holding’ pattern, affects the natural rhythmical pulsing of your cerebrospinal fluid, and may leave you feeling tight, tense, blocked and unable to relax. Compounded over years, these sites of inertia can cause secondary symptoms to emerge, such as fatigue, headache, muscle pain and weakened immune function.

Supporting your body’s intrinsic healing abilities
Craniosacral therapy (sometimes referred to as “CST”) is a light, hands-on technique that reduces restrictions in the body that may be blocking your natural rhythms and adversely affecting your central nervous system. It can be used to treat:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Stress
  • Pinched nerves
  • Post-surgical scar tissue

Craniosacral therapy can also boost your general well-being, increase your energy levels and enhance the functioning of your organs.

What to expect
Craniosacral treatment takes place lying on your back, and, for this reason is an excellent treatment option for those who are not comfortable lying on their stomachs.

You will remain fully clothed. Your craniosacral therapist will use his or her hands to exert very light pressure on your body. First, your body’s natural craniosacral rhythms for disturbances will be assessed, then your therapist will gently coax muscle tissue, fascia, bone and scar tissue to release pressure and remove blockages.

During treatment, you may feel a sense of deep relaxation or experience heightened awareness. You may even fall asleep. Some patients also experience a resurgence of memories relating to past physical trauma. A treatment usually lasts about an hour.

After your treatment, you may experience increased levels of energy. You may, alternatively, feel tired, achy or irritable as your body responds to the treatment and re-arranges itself into healthier patterns. These feelings of discomfort, if you experience them at all, usually last only a day or two.

Recommendations for further craniosacral therapy treatments vary from one client to another depending upon their symptoms. Your therapist will let you know at the end of your treatment when you should reschedule for optimal benefits. For general health and maintenance, many people choose to schedule regular treatments once each month.

For more information, visit the The Upledger Institute.

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