Craniosacral Therapy was first discovered and developed by William G. Garner Sutherland, DO (1873-1954) and was mainly taught to Doctors of Osteopathy in the early to mid 1900's. Sutherland was the first to perceive a subtle palpable movement within the bones of the cranium and went on to discover the continuity of this rhythmic fluid movement throughout all tissues of the body. As the lungs breathe and the heart beats with a rhythmic alternating expansion and contraction motion, the central nervous system also has its own involuntary rhythmic motion, the Primary Respiratory Mechanism as termed by Sutherland as the "inhalation" and "exhalation" phases expressed by the pumping of Cerebral Spinal Fluid. In the 1960's Osteopaths began to teach this work to health care practitioners. Rollin E. BeckerDO, Franklyn Sills DO, and Jean-Pierre Barral DO are the mentors of my training.
A trained Practitioner can place their hands on any part of the body to perceive and influence this important Respiratory Mechanism (influencing the rhythm of the Cerebral Spinal Fluid). Persons of all ages can benefit from this gentle treatment which restores motion, improves vitality and brings about a higher state of function and has a profound effect on calming the central nervous system.
Problems may begin with birth itself, often our first trauma, as the infant's skull pushes against the birth canal. Some methods used to ease a difficult birth are forceps, vacuum extraction and anesthesia which may add a trauma of cranial distortions. Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle approach that frees restrictions in the body by cradling the head, the sacrum (tailbone) or other parts of the body, gentle pressures and/or movements are used to free the bones, tissues and fluids that have become restricted, which will invite an even rhythm of the pumping of Cerebral Spinal Fluid. Most people feel a deep relaxation with these treatments. A series of treatments can give relief from headaches, anxiety and depression, while having a profound calming effect on the nervous system.