CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on assessment and treatment of the central nervous system, made up of the membranes, brain, skull, spine and cerebrospinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord. It was developed by osteopath, doctor and acupuncturist, Dr John Upledger. His scientific research was extensive from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he was a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.
Imbalance, restrictions, injury, trauma and compression can affect this crucial and sensitive central part of our body, which then in turn can affect our muscles, bone structures, nerves, organs, and even psychological function.
CST treats the body by feeling for and improving a rhythm called the CranioSacral Rhythm (CSR). The CSR is the subtle movement the body makes as cerebrospinal fluid, produced in the brain, is pumped around the brain and down the spinal cord. Restrictions in the nervous system will present as an altered rhythm and limited range of motion or function in the fascia, muscles, membranes, skeleton and even organs.
Intra-oral techniques for Facial/cranial trauma
Not only can your spine, neck, head and pelvis be treated, sometimes facial and intra-oral (also known as 'mouth work') techniques are used. Your CranioSacral level 2 practitioners are trained to palpate, diagnose and treat facial, hard palate and internal jaw soft-tissue restrictions and compression. If you have experienced a facial or head impact such as dental surgery, concussion, whiplash, horse riding accident or similar; intra-oral work can provide relief from pressure you may have grown so used to, until it is released, you might not have realised how much pressure you were experiencing. Mouth work can also assist infants with tongue tie, latching-on or birth trauma.
CranioSacral Therapy may be beneficial for:
— head injuries
— dental trauma
— back/neck problems
— spine and nerve damage
— pre/post surgical procedures
— mum and bub post-birth recovery
— anxiety & depression
— body memory (SomatoEmotional Release)
Lilly Harris, CST1 and 2; SER 1 and 2; Clin. App. of CST, Clin. App. of SER; mid-process of Techniques exam).
Matt Blackburn, CST1, Osteopath.
somatoemotional release (SER)
SomatoEmotional Release is a therapeutic process that assists in a deeper healing experience of the mind and body in response to trauma history that has not resolved or been fully freed from the body tissue. SER can spontaneously and naturally occur within a CranioSacral treatment.
Joint research efforts by Dr. John Upledger and biophysicist Dr. Zvi Karni led to the discovery that the body often retains (rather than dissipates) physical forces, and often the accompanying emotional energy, triggered by physiological, psychological, emotional or spiritual trauma. As the body heals, it can isolate or wall off this energy into what is called an “energy cyst”. Although a body can initially adapt to the presence of this “energy cyst”, eventually the body weakens or tires of this accommodation and can develop symptoms of pain, dysfunction or emotional stress in response.
The goal of an SER session is a comfortable, whole mind-body approach to dissipate the residual effects of trauma history and to gain insight as to how that held trauma is influencing current physical and emotional health. The SomatoEmotional Release process requires sensitivity and expertise on the part of the therapist and a positive attitude and trust from the client.
What happens during a session?
SER can look and feel different for each individual, and is as unique an experience as the person the SER is occurring for. Dr John developed and refined specific techniques and approaches that allow a person and their body to find ways of processing held body trauma in a safe and gentle way. Signs that an SER is occurring is that the CranioSacral Rhythm will come to an abrupt halt. The quality in the tissues is very different to a Still Point (therapeutic cessation of the CranioSacral Rhythm), and the receiver may notice sensations, altered tension patterns, sometimes even memories that might be relevant to the trauma area. A skilled SER practitioner will safely support and guide a person through the process. This can be done with techniques and touch to the relevant areas that the body indicates; open questions might be asked as to what the receiver is noticing or experiencing. Signs that an SER is complete can be the CranioSacral Rhythm turns back on; tissue softening/release; a deep sigh; the receiver feels more quiet or is more still; increased skeletal alignment; less pain; improved muscular/fascial/visceral movement.
Lilly Harris, Upledger SER 1 and 2, Clinical Application of CST and SER.
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This gentle remedial therapy uses slow interactive pressure and stretch techniques to assess and release restrictions of fascia (connective tissue) in the whole body including the head. It is a blend of Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy to deeply engage with the body, to sense and release mobility restrictions and to restore physical balance and health.
Christine Toyama, Certificate in CranioFascial Therapy.
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