by Melly Imm
CranioSacral therapy involves the cranium (skull) and the sacrum (tailbone area), the spinal cord, and all attached bones, membranes, and fluid. The massage therapist uses their hands in an exceedingly gentle manner, to feel for the subtle pulse of this system, looking for restrictions. Restrictions can affect the quality of the flow of the craniosacral rhythym, which can affect physical and emotional well being.
CranioSacral therapy enhances the function of the Autonomic Nervous System, which consists in part, of the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. You've heard of "fight or flight," right? That's your sympathetic system. Thanks to the stresses in our lives, long work hours, improper sleep, exercise and diet, injury, chronic pain, etc., our sympathetic system is always "on," therefore always in a fight or flight stage. We don't hear nearly as much about the parasympathetic system, the "rest and digest" system. When your parasympathetic system is activated, your heart rate decreases, your muscles relax, you make more saliva, and other secretions that aid in digestion, and self-healing can take place. And guess what? CranioSacral gets that parasympathetic system activated.
During a CranioSacral Therapy appointment, your therapist will first perform some assessments. You will then lie down on your back, fully clothed. Your therapist will gently place their hands on you and you will feel a very light touch. After your session, you will feel more relaxed and comfortable. You may feel energized. You may continue to see and feel improvement over the next few days. You will sleep better.
According to Massage Today, (an MPA media production) "CranioSacral therapy has been shown to help the autistic individual find greater ease, both within themselves and in the world around them, by decreasing structural stress on the central nervous system." Along with being beneficial to people with Autism, CranioSacral therapy can help the following conditions: headaches, migraines, chronic neck and back pain, brain and spinal cord injuries, whiplash, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, TMJ disorder, scoliosis, sleep disorders, learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, PTSD.