What I have learned about Cranial Sacral Therapy
For centuries throughout the world the concept of balance, harmony and over all well-being has always been important to people. There is written proof in almost all civilizations that refer to healing of the body, mind, and the spirit.
Cranial Sacral Therapy is a holistic therapy that helps aid in many discomforts such as migraines, back pain, TMJ, and many more aliments that affect us. It is unlike other modalities in the sense that it only requires a light touch and a highly in tune therapist. Cranial Sacral Therapy emphasizes subjective concepts such as energy, harmony, balance, rhythm, and flow.
According to (Milne Institute Inc. 2012, para. 6) “the body is kept alive by the presence of an energy field“. This energy field is also known as the “bio-electric field” in physiology. Religious traditions call it the “spirit”. In China it is known as “chi”. India calls it “prana” and the Bible referrers it as “the breath of life”. (Milne Institute Inc. 2012, para. 6) No matter the name they all relate to the energy, harmony, balance, rhythm, and flow of the human body. This balance is the core of Cranial Sacral Therapy. Cranial Sacral Therapy is a holistic therapy that can help many discomforts that affect us.
Cranial Sacral Therapy was discovered by Dr. William Sutherland who was an osteopath who practiced and taught at Mankato State in Minnesota in the 1930′s. (Cohen 1995 p.43-45). Today Dr. John Upledger is the leading osteopath of Cranial Sacral Therapy. Cranial Sacral Therapy works with the Craniosacral system which includes the skull, the spine starting with C1 and goes through S5, the sacrum and cerebrospinal fluid. Cerebrospinal fluid floods the brain then goes down the spine in to the sacrum and back up the spine into the brain. It is believed that this system is a system all of its own with its own rhythm. The rhythm of the Craniosacral system is 8-12 beats per minute and is separate from our circular and respiratory system. It is believed that the Craniosacral system helps our body stay in balance and is essential to our overall health and well-being. Dr. Sutherland research discovered that the cranial sutures were “designed to express small degrees of motion” (Kern 2012) this making the brain able to move and breath contributing to the idea that the Craniosacral system is a system all of its own. In this paper I will present why some believe that Cranial Sacral Therapy is nonsense and a waste of money while others believe it works and is beneficial to their overall health and well-being.
There are many people who believe that
Cranial Sacral Therapy is nonsense and a waste of money. For some the idea that our brains can “breath” allowing our skulls to move even a little is prosperous. We all know that having a head injury can be devastating and life threaten. When we injury ourselves the body’s normal response is to flood the injured area with white blood cells, this being the beginning of the repairing of the injured area. This flood of white blood cells causes inflammations in the injured area. This response to injury works well for most areas of our body except for when there is injury to the head of an adult. One of the reason head injuries are so devastating is because our bodies’ normal response to injury is the same whether it is a sprained ankle or a devastating blow to the head. The problem with having a head injury is that there is no room for the inflammation that accompanies the flood of white blood cell in the brain. So when a head injury accurse and there is swelling the swelling puts pressure on other areas of the brain and can cause severe damage to the brain. This fact alone can make people skeptical of Cranial Sacral Therapy and the claim that our skulls can breathe.
Another reason people are skeptical of Cranial Sacral Therapy is that there are no instruments that can be used to verify the claim that the Craniosacral system is a system of its own and not part of the circular system. The Campaign for Science Based Healthcare (2009) writes; “in spite of the biological implausibility of Cranial Sacral Therapy, it has been studied. Not surprisingly, no study has concluded Cranial Sacral Therapy is efficient for any disease or condition or even that the proposed Craniosacral system exists in the first place”. Many studies have been done in trying to prove that the Craniosacral system does really exist. Time after time no two therapists can work with the same client and have the same rhythm. There is no scientific evidence to support that the Craniosacral system does indeed exists and plenty of evidence that it is unlikely to exists. Having no way to measure and unable to find two or more people that can come up with the same calculations makes it hard to verify that the Craniosacral system exists.
“Craniosacral work is one of the most respectful of all bodywork techniques”. According to (Milne Institute Inc. 2012 p.1). Cranial Sacral Therapy is unlike other modalities. It consists of a light touch and a long attentive duration of each contact or hold. It is believed that focus and gentleness are the foundations of healing. Cranial Sacral Therapy is about helping the body help itself. It has been known to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, along with helping in the elimination of emotional or psychological stresses that have become trapped in our tissues. Unresolved issues that have become trapped in our tissue are the “underlie and govern patterns of disease and fragmentation in both body and mind”. (Kern, 2012 para.7)
Michael Kern a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and A registered Craniosacral therapist. He claims that “life expresses itself as motion”. “At a deep level of our physiological functioning all healthy, living tissues subtly ‘breathe’ with the motion of life”. This is how the “breathe of life” is explained. Dr. Kern explains that the intention of Cranial Sacral Therapy is to “facilitate the expression of the Breath of Life and so enhance the body’s own self-healing and self-regulation capabilities”. This is the reason why a light touch along with long durations of holds on the cranium, followed by holds on the sacrum then both the cranium and sacrum together ending with the cranium works. The therapist hands encourage the client’s Craniosacral system to wake up and find any ailments that may be slowing down the person and to fix them. It reminds the client’s body that balance and harmony are the ultimate goal while encouraging the client’s body to heal itself. Dr. Kern explains that “Cranial Sacral Therapy takes a whole-person approach to healing the inter-connections of mind; body and spirit are deeply acknowledged. It is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of illnesses helping to create the optimal conditions for health, encouraging vitality and facilitating a sense of well-being”.
Cranial Sacral Therapy has been known to help clients access their own insight and find clarity in their lives. Helping empower the client to successfully deal with different situations that life presents them with, while bring balance and harmony into their lives. Cranial Sacral Therapy has been known to be” highly effective in helping the return of mental clarity and abundant energy after a life-crisis, and sometimes helps alleviate chronic depression”. (Milne Institute Inc. para.13) Cranial Sacral Therapy is also used for meditation and others have found it gives them a spiritual insight that brings peace and serenity into their lives. Others claim to have found Cranial Sacral Therapy helps them to “create a fertile ground for the kind of transformative insight that paves the way for important changes”. (Milne Institute Inc. para.11)
Meditation, spiritual insight, finding balance and harmony, feeling empowered are all feeling that have been reported after having Cranial Sacral Therapy performed.
Cranial Sacral Therapy has been around for at least 4000 years. 4000 years is the earliest documentation that has been found that talks about the “movement of the spinal nerves” and “its importance in life, clarity”. And “bringing quiet to the heart”. These written references were found in the (I-Ching, the Chinese Book of Change). “The ancient Chinese called Craniosacral work ‘the art of listening'”. “Touching upon how subtle movement is at the core of our being”. (Milne Institute Inc. para. 6) The idea that our bodies talk to us and there is movement in a person’s spinal nerves and that the art of listening is essential to a person’s well-being has been documented over 4000 years ago.
In my research I came a crossed an article from Kevin Williams in the Oriental Medical Journal, Eastern mind. Williams explained about the Chinese Medicine and the Yin and Yang. He describes “Yin as earth energy” that is nurturing of the sacrum, while “Yang is Heaven energy” that is nurturing of the cranium. If Yin represents the sacrum and Yang represents the cranium and Yin is nothing without Yang and vice versa, this just confirms what I already believe. Williams also explains that sacrum is a Latin word that means “sacred or holy bone”. Williams also talked about the 2nd Chakra which is located in our sacrum and it represents our connection to the earth, while our 7th Chakra is in our cranium which represents our connection to Heaven. (Williams 2007) There are 7 Chakra located in our bodies. Each one represents a different energy system in our bodies. The 1st is the root Chakra, the 3rd is our Solar Plexus Chakra, the 4th is our heart Chakra, the 5th is our throat Chakra, the 6th is our third eye Chakra. Through my training and research of Craniosacral work I have come to the belief that it indeed works for those that can take a leap of faith and believe. There is very little chance that one or two sessions will give us the immediate gratification that we all seem to want. It will begin the journey of self-help and allow us to become whole. This helping us get closer to having balance and harmony in our lives.
Every one of us wants to be healthy and happy, having a life of balance and harmony. As natural as this should be this is not the norm. Life has many challenges and with those challenges comes different perspectives of how to deal with the challenges. Cranial Sacral Therapy is just one way to help people overcome their challenges and to begin their journey to finding balance and harmony in their lives.
I myself have had Cranial Sacral Therapy preformed on me many times and have found it to work wonders on my issues.
I found it to be a wonderful modality that provides a calmness that I had never felt before.
I truly believe in it and I am very in tune to others. Being in tune to others is one of my gifts and one of my curses.
In my opinion I feel Cranial Sacral Therapy can be an alternative to the normal talk therapy. Sometimes all we need is to be still and allow our mind and body to do its job. I am not saying that the normal talk therapy does not work because it does work, but there are some people that are all talked out. I feel Cranial Sacral Therapy is another choice in our world of so many.
Thank You for stopping at my blog. I hope I was able to provide you with some useful information on Cranial Sacral Therapy.
“There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.”
If you would like to give Cranial Sacral Therapy a try call me and we will get you an appointment set up..
Thank you and have a wonderful day.
Encouraging Health & Wellness by Sarah
for Body, Mind, & Soul
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