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What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy endeavours the body to release its tensions and blockages. This form of therapy improves the function of the central nervous system, while reducing the negative effects of stress, but increasing resistance to disease and making you feel in better health.

Background

In 1971, the American physician John Upledger assisted during a neurosurgical operation whereby he was given the task to steady the meninges. This simple task proved difficult to implement because the meninges moved of its own accord – with a rhythm of about 8 cycles per minute. This was the beginning of the discovery of the Craniosacral System.

The Craniosacral System

The area which controls the functioning of the brains and spinal cord is the Craniosacral System. This area is encased in membranes, which form a closed system of connective tissue, inside of which is the craniosacral fluid. The craniosacral rhythm is generated by the rhythmic changes made to this fluid by a pumping system deep inside the brains.

The connective tissue of the Craniosacral System is in communication with the supporting and protective connective tissue in the rest of the body. Connective tissue has both the ability to hold as to let go. Accidents, surgeries, illnesses or disturbances in the craniosacral rhythm caused by emotional problems, can also affect the overall performance of the human body.