Craniosacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John Upledger, an osteopath, in the 1970s. It is based on an approach popularized by Dr. William Sutherland, an osteopath in the early 1900’s.
The craniosacral system (cranio means head and sacral refers to the area at the base of the spine) includes the brain and spinal cord. They are bathed in a craniosacral fluid that has a rhythmic pulse, similar to blood pressure.
The craniosacral therapist senses the pulse and looks for any subtle restrictions in the flow of craniosacral fluid.
Restrictions are believed to be the cause of poor health, especially conditions related to the brain, spine, and nervous system.
- Conditions Treated
- Migraine and headaches
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Nervous system disorders
- Chronic fatigue
- Stress and stress-related disorders
- Fibromyalgia and other connective tissue disorders
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Immune disorders
What a Typical Craniosacral Treatment is Like
During a craniosacral therapy session, a therapist senses subtle motions while looking for any restrictions impeding the free motion of the craniosacral system and various body regions, tissues, organs, and subtle energy systems. Manual techniques using very light touch help release those restrictions.
Craniosacral therapy takes place while you lay on your back. You may wear comfortable clothes, but it can also be done through the sheet and blankets if you are unclothed.