If you are unfamiliar with this gentle-touch, slow type of bodywork, please watch this video, What Is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy has its roots in osteopathy, which:
- sees humans as whole rather than parts
- with interrelated structure and function
- with innate healing ability
Cranial osteopathy, based on the life work of founder William Sutherland, D.O., has spun off two ways of doing craniosacral therapy that I practice. I may use one or the other or both in a session, depending on what I find.
Classical craniosacral therapy (sometimes called biomechanical) is based on Dr. Sutherland’s earlier work. The Upledger Institute teaches this style. It focuses on the craniosacral system in the body — the fluid, membranes, and bones surrounding your brain and spinal cord, which affect the whole body. By palpating the subtle rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid anywhere on the body, we can detect areas of strain and support your body in releasing them.
Most people find sessions very relaxing. CST can help with stress, headaches and migraines, sinus congestion, neck and back pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, trauma, fibromyalgia, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and more.
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy stems from Dr. Sutherland’s later life work, when he and other cranial osteopaths recognized that subtle, deeply healing life forces were influencing their sessions. The more they listened deeply, the more their patients’ systems responded by moving into deeper health.
Working biodynamically with stillness and perception, I use a light, gentle touch. A session is a meditative, whole body experience that may be described as connecting with and optimizing the dynamics that organize your well-being.
You may feel your body-mind system becoming better organized, more coherent and relaxed, and better resourced after a session. You may sense your system releasing areas of strain as softening, warmth, pulsation, unwinding, or unraveling, and you may notice later that a customary strain in your body is simply no longer present.
Read my post about combining Zero Balancing with Biodynamics. This is the most popular session I offer. It works to align your structure and relieve the effects of gravity and habitual strain patterns, it opens and balances your energy flow, and it helps your body operate more coherently, enhancing your natural healing abilities.
I use craniosacral and massage techniques in my TMJ sessions for those with jaw pain, misalignment, tightness, clenching, grinding, clicking, or popping (temporomandibular joint issues). Each TMJ session includes an assessment, releasing tightness in key jaw muscles externally and internally, and other techniques as needed.
Note that even though working inside the mouth to release tight jaw muscles may sound painful, I only work at the speed it takes for those internal muscles release their tension, which is slowly. The work proceeds at the pace of your comfort level. We set up a signal beforehand so you can let me know if you need me to remove my hand from your mouth immediately and I watch you closely.