Introduction to Cranial-Sacral Therapy

Total classroom hours: 9

Description: Cranial-Sacral Therapy is gentle, relaxing, and uses a light touch. It involves palpating and assisting the movement of bones as cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) is pumped through the brain and the spinal cord. The flow of  CSF produces movement of the bones of the head, which causes movement of the vertebrae of the spine, which moves the sacrum and pelvis, which causes movement in the legs. Thus, this motion, called the Cranial-Sacral Rhythm (CSR) can be felt throughout the body. By feeling this motion and gently assisting it, the skeletal system (including the bones of the head) comfortably realign, muscle tension releases and emotional disturbances find relief. An additional focus and technique taught is Cranial-Sacral Unwinding. For Unwinding, the therapist gently follows the client’s movement as different body parts reposition and change their postural alignment. During Unwinding, the client’s body moves into postures it was in during certain injuries, such as sports injuries or car accidents. This allows the body memory of the trauma to surface, be processed and released, resulting in decreased pain and greater mobility.

Listen in: A basic introduction to Cranial-Sacral Therapy by Robert Stevens

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