CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy encourages your bodyís natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your brain and spinal cord, dissipate the negative effects of stress, and enhance your general health and resistance to disease.       

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle technique. Seldom does the therapist apply pressure that exceeds five grams, or the equivalent weight of a nickel. As remarkable as this sounds, the positive effects from this gentle application can be quite pronounced. In essence, CranioSacral Therapy works with the natural and unique rhythms of our different body systems to pinpoint and correct problem sources. This requires a sensitive touch rather than a heavy hand. Trained therapists are able to test/palpate the motion of the craniosacral system anywhere on a personís body. Valuable information can be gained very quickly with regard to rate, amplitude, symmetry and quality of craniosacral motion. 

The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the cranium (bones of the skull, face and mouth) down to the sacrum (tailbone). The positive effect of CranioSacral Therapy relies to a large extent upon an individualís natural self-corrective physiological activities. The therapistís light, hands-on approach assists the hydraulic forces that are inherent in the craniosacral system to improve the bodyís internal environment.

SomatoEmotional Release (S.E.R.) is the expression of emotion that, for reasons deemed appropriate by some part of the nonconscious, has been retained, suppressed and isolated within the soma. It would appear that most somatically retained trauma and emotion originally occurred against a background dominated by physiologically destructive emotion such as anger, fear, or guilt.

Questions & Answers about CranioSacral Therapy

Q: What kinds of problems with children does CranioSacral Therapy help?

A: Psychological problems - CranioSacral Therapy helps the therapist develop trust and rapport with the child very quickly. In this way the emotional problems can be discovered. On the other hand, some "psychological" problems can disappear when a craniosacral problem is corrected. These problems may have no emotional basis. Although they appeared to be psychological, they were due to physiological craniosacral system dysfunction.

Hyperactive children are very effectively treated by CranioSacral Therapy when the problem is not emotional in origin. In Dr Upledger's experience, about 50 to 60 percent of hyperactive child problems have a basis in the craniosacral system.

Learning disabilities and dyslexia- As in the case of hyperactive children, when the problem originates in the craniosacral system, the treatment is very effective.

CranioSacral Therapy has also had some success with Cerebral palsy, Seizures, and Autism.

Q: Does CranioSacral Therapy provide any benefit for the normal child?

A: We feel very strongly that CranioSacral Therapy is one of the most powerful and effective health-enhancement treatment programs available today. So my answer would be yes.

Q: As an adult with no complaints should I get CranioSacral Therapy?

A: By all means. We believe that CranioSacral Therapy on a regular basis, no matter how good you feel, is some of the best health-enhancement activity that you can do. You may discover that you feel even better than you thought you could. And surely have fewer sick days.

Q: What does CranioSacral Therapy do for headaches?

A: Headaches are one of the most common complaints we treat with CranioSacral Therapyand it's offshoots. I would say that we are 80 to 90 percent successful no matter what type of headache is presented to us.

Q: How about chronic back pain?

A: Once again the success is outstanding when CranioSacral Therapy is used for back pain, including disc problems. We work from the "core" out. When the "core" is corrected, the outside "peripheral problem" either corrects itself or becomes amenable to conventional treatments.

Q: What can you do for depression?

A: In specific types of depression, CranioSacral Therapy is probably the most effective treatment available. In others, when combined with SomatoEmotional Release, the results are good.

Q: What can you do for PMS?

A: In most cases we can move the patient towards total eradication of this problem. CranioSacral Therapy can and does help the pelvic organs to function more efficiently. We also improve the function of the endocrine system-in this case the pituitary, adrenal and ovarian glands.

Q: What is tissue or cell memory?

A: Our best answer to that is probably that cells and tissue seem to have the ability to hold on to and recall experiences they have gone through.

Q: What is SomatoEmotional Release?

A: SER is a dynamic therapeutic process that expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma, and resolve negative emotional experiences.

Remember, CranioSacral Therapy, Tissue Memory , Energy Cyst Release, Direction of Energy , SomatoEmotional Release and Therapeutic Imagery and Dialogue are all very natural approaches to health and healing. If done with reasonable con1illon sense, any or all of them are virtually without risk of side effects. Few therapeutic approaches can make this claim.