CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle approach for releasing restrictions deep in the body to help relieve pain and dysfunction. The presence of cranial rhythms was discovered in the western world by osteopathic medical student William Sutherland in the early 1900s. Dr. Sutherland found that cranial sutures were designed to express small degrees of motion throughout life. He developed and taught a system of manipulating cranial bones, called cranial osteopathy, to osteopaths for many years.
As a result of his extensive research beginning in the 1970s, John Upledger D.O. developed a body of work focused on normalizing the membranes and cerebrospinal ﬂuid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. He named his method CranioSacral Therapy and began teaching his
therapeutic techniques to non-osteopaths.
The CranioSacral practitioner evaluates the craniosacral system using subtle palpatory skills and gently encourages the clientʼs body to self-correct. By enhancing the bodyʼs innate self-healing mechanisms, CranioSacral Therapy helps to alleviate headaches, migraines, stress
related disorders, ﬁbromyalgia, TMJ disorder, scoliosis, chronic pain and many other conditions.
CranioSacral Therapy is done on a massage table with the client wearing loose, comfortable clothing. Many individuals experience a profound feeling of relaxation and well-being during and after the session.
CranioSacral Therapy is compatible with other forms of healing such as acupuncture which also uses the bodyʼs natural forces to promote health.
Joy Athans is an RN, Holistic Health Practitioner, and Certified Massage Therapist. She owns and operates Chrysalis Healing Arts, a wellness practice in San Diego focused on CranioSacral Therapy and Aromatherapy Massage. Joy can be reached at email@example.com, www.joyofhealth.massagetherapy.com or (619) 316-6714.
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