There is magic in touch…
In my last article, I had discussed the importance our emotions have on our lives and most importantly our health. There is a connection that Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) creates between our body and our emotions through what is called Somato-Emotional-Release; therefore our inner knowing and understanding of our emotions are represented through our bodies and therfore serves as our connection towards self healing.
What is Craniosacral Therapy CST
In order to discuss CST we need to refer to the Cranial Sacral System (CSS) which is related to the central nervous system. The CSS is compose by the membrane, the meninges, that encapsulates the brain and the spinal cord from the cranium all the way to the sacrum. This membrane has three layers; the central layer is important for the therapy because it carries the cerebro-spinal fluid within.
The movement of this fluid creates what is known as the cranio-sacral rhythm and it is through this rhythm that CST is able to evaluate and treat the CSS. This rhythm moves at a rate of 10 to 12 cycles per minute. People who have been through trauma can benefit from the balancing of the subtle expansion and contraction of the rhythm originating from the centre of the body.
CST uses a very light and gentle touch of about five grams of pressure to connect to the rhythm that can be palpated throughout the body. CST helps the body to initiate a new pathway towards self-healing; it stimulates normalization through its direct relationship with the central nervous system. Once, CST helps relax the central nervous system, numerous functions in the body take effect towards relaxation, balancing and healing.
CST is widely used as a wellness modality for people to connect with themselves, their emotions and their physical body. It has been used effectively in the treatment for head, neck and back pain, constipation, hypertension, jaw dysfunction, neurological conditions and joint inflammations. Also, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, tension related conditions, and emotional difficulties.
In essence, CST helps relax the central nervous system and release restrictions or obstructions within this membrane. Because of its gentle access to the very core of the body, it contributes to positive outcomes on multiple aches, pains, illnesses and emotional self awareness. People report experiencing sensations of lightness, floating, calmness, inner peace, as well as better sleep, increased elimination, increased mobility and mental clarity.
In the next article I will be talking more in dept about specific cases and the relationship of CranioSacral Therapy and its interesting effects…