Craniosacral Therapy and its Benefits

February 24th, 2011

Craniosacral massage is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system and is a form of healing therapy.

What is the Craniosacral System?

The Craniosacral system is a physiological system like the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and provides the physical environment in which the brain and spinal cord develop and function.  The membranes and cerebrospinal fluid of the craniosacral system surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.  Craniosacral Massage therapy deals with the bones of the head, spinal column, sacrum and the underlying structures.  This type of massage employs a very light touch and uses specifically designed techniques to release restrictions and compression in these areas.

Craniosacral Massage – How Does it Work?

Craniosacral massage taps into the inherent wisdom of the body which allows it to heal itself where possible.  The craniosacral system has a rhythm that can be felt throughout the body. Craniosacral therapists use a very light, soft touch to monitor this rhythm and pinpoint sources of obstruction and stress in the body.  Once located the therapist will assist the natural movement and release of the restriction to help the body self correct.  Craniosacral massage therapy can be used to treat childhood conditions such as poor sleep, restlessness, colic and ear infections.  It is also a gentle and non-invasive therapy and can be used to treat babies while they are asleep.

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