What is CranioSacral therapy?
All life needs movement to remain healthy. Without movement we become sick. Tissues waste away, cells clog up with toxins. As well as external movement, we express motion within us, called CranialSacral motion.
Our bodies are full of rhythms and currents. The heart, lungs and intestines rhythmically expand and contract to function properly. Another subtle pulsation underlies these more obvious rhythms. It emerges from the core of the body; and is expressed as an inherent fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid, which bathes the central nervous system.
The bones of the cranium and the sacrum, at the base of the spine, move to accommodate this fluctuation. Hence it is known as Cranio Sacral motion. Freely mobile Cranio Sacral motion is essential to the health of all the other systems of the body, to our physical, mental and emotional well being.
The therapist listens, via their hands, to identify and treat pain or tension patterns in the body. These findings show that every cell in a healthy body expresses this rhythmic movement, CranioSacral motion which is fundamental to life.
CST supports other forms of treatment both conventional and complementary, and can often assist to reduce negative affects of medication or medical treatment.
Millie Wood Swanepoel