I am completely honored to be a Craniosacral therapy practitioner. Before I became a student of medical massage, the literature on Craniosacral therapy and reports of its uses and effects intrigued me and struck a deeper chord. I have endured four major concussions in my lifetime, two of them as a child within a year of each other. Even as a child I recognized my place on a path of spiritual growth, and it had always been easy for me, growing up, to spot the emotional and mental implications of such trauma. Craniosacral therapy happens to be the only recognized form of successful treatment for concussion, amongst a plethora of other injuries, trauma, and discontent. As I embarked on my journey towards becoming an effective licensed massage therapist, I immersed myself in understanding clinical implications for manual and alternative work to approach slightly as well as more serious issues within a body, while a passion and curiosity for the work of Craniosacral therapy still burned.
Eventually, I graduated, earned my state medical board of Ohio licensure, and sought to become a professional with a focus. All the while I had put my background in energetic healing modalities such as Reiki and Pranic Healing on the backburner. As soon as I began my studies as a Craniosacral therapy student and practitioner, a new light was shown upon what I had learned as an energetic modalities practitioner, as a bond like no other between subtle work and clinical manual therapy formed.
It is stated that Craniosacral therapy throws light on the interface between intervention medicine and self-regulation medicine, between traditional allopathic-orthopedic medicine and psychophysiological self-regulation. People who continue to experience symptoms and suffer even though they’ve tried so many routes to their health care can often encounter a change with Craniosacral therapy. By definition, Craniosacral therapy complements the body’s natural healing processes, which can be hindered by mental/emotional stress and physical/energetic blockages or restriction. Techniques, utilized correctly, assist in the improvement of a vast range of issues, ranging from nervous system disorders, orthopedic problems, immune disorders, TMJ Syndrome, learning challenges such as ADD and ADHD, to emotional difficulty and even a sense of spiritual stagnation. It is all very definitely connected. Cranial bones are gently used as handles on our intracranial membrane system to correct imbalance, and restriction is released within the nervous system as well as throughout the body. Fascial diaphragm releases are utilized, which happen to correspond to our chakra system and the related organs, initiating the wellness of each.
Craniosacral therapy approaches the underlying causes of physical discomfort, physiological dysfunction, and Whole Being imbalance. Through gentle yet powerfully effective techniques, and by tuning into and palpating another’s Craniosacral rhythm (Cerebrospinal fluid pulse), a serious practitioner becomes a facilitator to our body’s innate healing capacity. The practitioner is a follower of our Inner Wisdom’s direction as to the course of our individually unique healing process. Neither our body’s fascia nor the sympathetic nervous system differentiate between trauma or stresses that are physical in nature versus emotional in source, meaning work done during Craniosacral sessions has the ability to contribute not only to our physiological health but also to our emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It can be up to us what pains or discontent we carry, and with a little openness or curiosity, we can help our inner, innate, healing mechanism transcend that imbalance.