"As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.” The Dalai Lama
A craniosacral therapist is a therapeutic facilitator who utilises universal mind, body and energy/spirit to facilitate an individual’s healing at the level where it is most needed as directed by the client (human or animal). This healing can range from symptomatic relief to the resolution of core problems. It is the all-encompassing ability of craniosacral work, along with the ability of the healing facilitator to tune into the inner wisdom and knowing of the client, which then guides the healing process. This is what sets this therapy apart from many others and makes it unique.
CSB employs a whole-animal/person approach to well-being, functionality and the inter-connectedness of mind, emotions, body and spirit are deeply acknowledged. It is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of disharmonies, assisting to create the optimal conditions for health, vitality and facilitation of a deep sense of well-being. CSB can be used with other modalities synergistically and is a great integrator. ‘Less is more’ is definitely a principle of this integrative approach as it involves using very light pressure or energy to bring about significant changes throughout the whole individual.
Life expresses itself as movement. If the hands are placed gently on the body the rise and fall of the abdomen and rib cage are felt with each breath; the arterial pulse with each heart beat – and beyond that the subtle flow of the craniosacral rhythm (CSR) - the basis of the craniosacral system.
The CSR feels like a slow wave motion through the tissues of the body and the energy field which can be palpated anywhere - on or off the body - due to its energetic component. CSB is usually a ‘hands-on’ therapy. In response to physical, environmental, mental and emotional stresses placed on the energy field body tissues contract and emotional well-being is distrupted. If unresolved, restrictions may develop, which can culminate in physical pain, emotional imbalance, behaviour issues, loss of functionality or imbalance at some level. In CSB the practitioner is trained to perceive the subtle CSR and imbalances in its rhythm, amplitude, quality and rate. The aim is to release and unravel tensions and resistance in the joints, tissues and fascia, emotions, and energetic field to awaken self-correction and healing.
CSB is deeply relaxing and restorative, and as a whole-body therapy it may aid individuals with almost any condition by promoting vitality and well-being. CSB also enables the body’s own self-healing processes to be maximised. The practitioner facilitates enhanced function, by listening and responding to the inner wisdom of the client which enables with the simplest and lightest of touch the body and emotions to respond at the deepest level.