Greenwich CranioSacral Therapy
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The CranioSacral System
Everyone has several kinds of rhythms in their body: There is the cardiac rhythm, in which the heart beats 60-80 times per min; then there is the respiratory rhythm of your breathing, in which you inhale and exhale 15-20 times per minute. Underneath those rhythms is another one called the CranioSacral Rhythm (CSR). In this rhythm your head gently expands and narrows and your spine gently lengthens and shortens in an effort to exchange and circulate cerebrospinal fluid. It does this 6-12 cycles per minute. The membranes that surround your head and spine act as a little hydraulic pump that draws this clear fluid out of your blood, bathes the brain and spinal cord with it, and then returns it to the blood supply. In this way the cerebrospinal fluid is filtered and renewed. It is an important fluid because it supplies nutrients, carries away waste products, and acts as a fluid protective covering for the brain and spinal cord.”
CST evolved from musculoskeletal medicine in the early 1900s by osteopathic physician Dr. William Sutherland. Through years of research, he concluded that our skull bones are not firmly fixed but can move in relation to each other. With these observations, he developed a treatment called Cranio-Osteo. In recent years Dr. John Upledger further developed Sutherland’s observations and incorporated them into a treatment which is now known as CranioSacral Therapy.
Who will benefit from it
CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch non-invasive therapy using about five grams (about the weight of a nickel) of pressure. The practitioner can detect and mobilize abnormal restrictions in the cranioSacral system.
Because it acts on the deepest structures and organs of the nervous system, CranioSacral Therapy influences motor, pain and coordination mechanisms, the digestive system, the respiratory system, heart function and the endocrine system.
The most important part about CranioSacral Therapy is that the body will lead the way and do what the patient needs; and do what the therapist is able to help facilitate.
CranioSacral Therapy has proved useful for a wide variety of dysfunctions including: neurological problems such as traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, herniated discs, migraine headaches, coordination difficulties and stroke. It also has been useful for chronic disorders including fibromyalgia, neck and back pain, scoliosis, TMJ syndrome, emotional issues that respond to craniosacral therapy include chronic stress and post-traumatic stress disorders.
How is it done
CranioSacral therapy sessions are performed on fully-clothed clients lie on a comfortable massage table in a private room. The sessions typically last an hour.
What we do in CranioSacral therapy is very gently hold the rhythm and watch as the body gently moves to free itself. As it does this, releases occur and restrictions in the body change. Just as bruised ribs from a fall might keep you from breathing properly, a fall on your tailbone or a bump on the head may keep your beautiful CranioSacral system from working properly.
So we gently hold and wait for releases. Releases occur in the form of heat, pulsing, and muscle twitching. Sometimes the eyes may blink or gurgling sounds occur in the digestive system. You may feel part of your body soften, or gently shift and spread. Breathing patterns may change. A deep feeling of relaxation is a common reaction to treatment.
Sometimes when my hands are listening to the rhythm of your CranioSacral system, your body might move into the position it was in when you got hurt. This often happens with people having pain and dysfunction from slips, falls, motor vehicle accidents and traumatic events. Your rhythm automatically stops, and releases begin to occur.
You enter a point of stillness we call a significance detector because the position the body moves into, or what you are thinking, is often an important (significant) part of the healing and letting go process.
The toll exacted on a body from an accident, disease, stressful situation, to emotionally devastation experience can extend far beyond the obvious physical effects. Energy that accompanies a trauma can be retained, suppressed, and isolated within the body by the nonconscious long after the problem seems to be healed – in essence, forming “energy cysts”. Then a complication arises that just won’t go away.
Many of us can not living up to our potential because of the retained effects of early life trauma, whether mental, emotional or physical.
A victim of child abuse develops temporomandibular joint syndrome as an adult. Anger from a skiing accident surfaces eight years later in the form of intense shoulder pain. A Vietnam veteran harbors fear for decades that renders him virtually incapable of behaving or relating normally.
This is where the process of SomatoEmotional Release can intervene. A result of meaningful, intentioned touch, SomatoEmotional Release allows for the identification and removal of energy cysts along with their associated emotions. Thus far facilitate tremendous change and growth in a person’s life.