the human body there exists an important rhythm, the craniosacral
rhythm, that results from the increase and decrease in the voume
of cerebrospinal fluid within and around the craniosacral system.
This system consists of the brain and spinal cord (the central nervous
system), the cerebrospinal fluid that lubricates the brain and spinal
cord, the surrounding meninges (membranes), and the bones of the
spine and skull that house these membranes.
human Life Force (a.k.a. "breath of life"), which is the main fixture
in healing, is said to be transported via the cerebrospinal fluid
(CSF) to all the tissues of the body. Thus, this fluid is involved
in the healing of all of the major organs and organ systems of the
body. An increase in the craniosacral fluid pressure, resulting
from the filtering of the fluid from the bloodstream to the craniosacral
system, causes the movement and vibration of the cranial bones of
the skull. The only time that the cerebrospinal fluid pressure decreases
is when the fluid is reabsorbed into the bloodstream through the
inner membranes of the brain. This decrease in fluid pressure, in
turn, allows the bones to return to their original position.
of proper functioning of the craniosacral system may be the key
to promoting homeostasis. Furthermore, this system may be the most
important body system in regards to ensuring health because the
disruption of this system filters down and eventually affects all
of the body's vital rhythms (e.g. cardiac rhythm and respiratory
rhythm). The purpose of craniosacral therapy, quite simply, is to
enhance the functioning of this system by examining the movement
of the bones of the system, locating restriction points that result
from injury, and by monitoring and manipulating the energy manifestation
of the anterior portion of the human being.
therapy is "holistic" because it tries to prevent illness and dysfunction
by viewing the entire body as a whole. It attempts to cater to the
physical, mental, and emotional needs of the patient.
goal of craniosacral therapy is to determine the cause of a particular
condition or conditions and to eliminate it; not necessarily to
alleviate all of the symptoms or ailments that a person is enduring
practitioners listen to the subtle rhythms and pulsations of the
craniosacral system. This deep listening enables them to hear the
expression of the body's patterns of stress and resistance. Craniosacral
therapy does not, per se, heal the patient itself; rather, it facilitates,
encourages, and thereby elicits the body's own innate healing mechanisms
to act accordingly.
addition, the cranial therapist monitors the wavelike motion of
the cerebrospinal fluid's changes in pressure to determine any restriction
or dysfunction. He or she feels the motion of the craniosacral system
and diagnoses the movement of the system by locating critical points
of restriction in the cranium. These restrictions result from injury,
inflexibility of the joints of the spine and cranium, or from dysfunctions
in other parts of the body. The abnormal motion in the craniosacral
system, which the restrictions cause, can contribute to poor health
and dysfunction throughout the body, but particularly in the brain
and spinal cord.
are three separate approaches to craniosacral therapy: sultural,
meningeal, and reflex. These three approaches are, for the most
part, very similar. However, they do differ slightly in their approach
to craniosacral therapy.
therapy is rapidly gaining acceptance among health practitioners
and the public. As is the case with almost all cost-effective alternative
medicine therapies, this newfound popularity is probably due, in
part, to the notintrusive nature of craniosacral therapy. Yet, it
is also gaining acceptance because it deals wth the entire structure
and physiology of the human body, rather than merely focusing on
one isolated aspect of the body.
research into the function of the craniosacral system could help
provide a broader understanding of human anatomy, physiology, and
the role of the craniosacral system in health. Because it addresses
a multitude of different conditions (not just the central nervous
system), craniosacral therapy can offer substantial long-term cost
savings to consumers.