Craniosacral teraphy derives from the evolution of the cranial osteopathy: is a soft, light touch that helps balance the craniosacral system, membranes and fluids that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using this light touch, with the slightest touch, no heavier than five grams and working on the connective tissue, it is possible to release restrictions in the craniosacral and fascial system in order to improve the functioning of the central nervous system and to encourage the self-correction system of the body. CranioSacral Teraphy helps balance the body and restore its natural energy. The positive effect of this approach is largely based on the common self-corrective physiological activity of the person.
It helps to balance, harmonize and re-align the body’s structures. Restore its natural vitality and well-being.
CST releases tissues inside and around the craniosacral system to improve the production, distribution and flow of cerebrospinal fluid. The craniosacral system includes membranes and fluids that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. The cerebrospinal fluid nourishes the central nervous system, carries the important enzymes and ions and helps to eliminate the toxins. Improving the flow of cerebrospinal fluid allows the body to perform better and heal itself by improving the construction, repair and balancing functions. Because the brain and spinal cord are contained in the central nervous system, it is easy to see how the craniosacral system has a powerful influence on a wide variety of bodily functions.
Craniosacral facilitators are trained to help the body free both physical and emotional trauma. Somato Emotional Release is the name given by Dr. John Upledger to the release of emotions retained in the body tissue during treatment. CST facilitators follow the wisdom of the body so that nothing is forced.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY: HISTORY
The discovery of the craniosacral system, and its movement in it, is attributable to an osteopath, Dr. William Sutherland, who however did not have the scientific means that would allow him to prove the his insights.
However, his studies made it ground for those of Dr. John Upledger who after experiencing a skull bone movement during a surgical operation in 1975 along with a team of researchers at the University of Michigan, began a series of experiments on fresh skins rather than on chemically preserved skins that were generally used in scientific research.
Dr. John Upledger specializes in osteopathic manipulation, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Emotional Release, Acupuncture and Preventive Medicine. He was a member of the Osteopathic American Academy and has a doctorate in alternative medicine.
For several years he has been a clinical researcher and lecturer at Biomechanics at Michigan State University.
His development of Cranio-Sacral Therapy has gained recognition worldwide. As an innovator in alternative treatments, he founded the Upledger Institute in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, serving as an outpatient and training facility for thousands of healthcare professionals. He was a member of the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine.
His books include, among other things, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Somato Emotional release, Your Inner Physician and You, A Brain is Born, Cell talk. He passed to other worlds in October of 2012 leaving us this gift and the task of continuing our research.