Craniosacral therapy is based on the theory that along with the respiratory and cardiac rhythms in the body, there is also a craniosacral rhythm. The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. They extend from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle practice of detection and correction that encourages the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate the negative effects of stress and trauma on the central nervous system.
The Craniosacral therapy practitioner uses a light touch to test for restrictions in the craniosacral system. This is done by monitoring the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid as it flows through the system. The positive effects of Craniosacral therapy rely to a large extent on the body’s natural self-corrective abilities. The therapist’s light touch simply assists the hydraulic forces inherent in the craniosacral system to improve the body’s internal environment and strengthen its ability to heal itself.