Cranial-Sacral Therapy is based on Cranial Osteopathy founded by William Sutherland DO. Gentle palpation applied to the bones and soft tissues of the skull and pelvis is used to determine restrictions and imbalances, encouraging the body to release areas of tension and dysfuction.
Our Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is divided into two branches: the Sympathetic (fight or flight) and the para sympathetic (rest and digest).
In our culture we spend most of our time in “Fight or Flight”:
- pupils dilated
- heart rate and blood pressure increased
- blood vessels of non-essential organs constricted
- rapid breathing
- adrenal glands stimulated
- digestion slowed down or even stopped
Cranial-Sacral Therapy is effective for many chronic, long term problems such as:
- TMJ Disorder Syndrome
- as well as keeping balance and healthy in a fast-paced world
“Cranial-Sacral work is based on the understanding that any one bone is a hologram of the entire dreambody, the body-mind-spirit unity. When it is balanced, it exerts a profound balancing effect on the whole.”
[Hugh Milnes, DO]
Cranial work is restorative, returning us to the Para-Sympathetic division of our ANS and encouraging deep relaxation. It provides an opportunity for our bodies to heal from the stresses of everyday life. It is based on the belief that the body has its own inherent knowledge in what it needs.