What is Craniosacral Therapy

A gentle, calming, non-invasive therapy, involving light touch over the head, tail-bone or any other involved area of the body. It is a precise, scientific, alternative healing approach requiring anatomical knowledge of the human body, to effectively perform it. It is used worldwide,by healthcare practitioners.

How Does Craniosacral Therapy Work?

It works by influencing the functioning of the nervous system Hence,it can help problems arising from poor nervous functioning.

What is the Craniosacral System?

It is a physiological system within the body,working in conjunction with the other systems of the body. It is the most profound system in the body.

It comprises:
  • The membranes (meninges) which surround the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).
  • The bones of the cranium (skull) and sacrum (tail-bone) which attach to these membranes.
  • The fascia( connective tissue)- which radiates out from the membranes to the rest of the body.
  • Cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF)-which is produced within the central nervous system and is transported throughout the body through the nerves.

What does the Craniosacral System do?

All these structures pulsate in a balanced, rhythmical motion, in order to circulate cerebro-spinal fluid. This is a clear fluid produced within the brain, and then circulated around the nervous system to provide nutrition to it. The free, unrestricted flow of CSF is essential to proper healthy functioning of the nervous system, and therefore to the rest of the body and all its functions.

The central nervous system actually expands and contracts at a rate of 4-14 times per minute to circulate CSF. The continuous expansion and contraction produces a rhythmic motion known as the craniosacral rhythm. This motion is transmitted out from the central nervous system to the rest of the body through the fascia.

What is the Fascial Connection?

Fascia, is a connective tissue which forms a continuous sheath throughout the body. It encases every organ, nerve, blood vessel, gland and muscle in the body. It emanates from the central nervous system, radiating out to the rest of the body. Any restrictions to normal motion of the central nervous system, can be felt through the fascial system as 'pulls' or 'twists'

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  • Arthritic conditions
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