Cranio-Sacral Therapy & Myofascial Techniques
Prolonged stress, physical traumas, excessive strain, surgery, habits involving incorrect posture and movement, all these can promote the development of tensions causing restrictions in movement, pain, swelling and chronic fatigue.
Treatments integrating Cranio-Sacral Therapy can help release those tensions which cannot be treated through straightforward relaxation, increasing a sense of well-being and the natural processes of recovery of the body.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John Upledger around 1980. It's based on Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, which was developed in 1899 by William G. Sutherland.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy is devised to work on the body by acting on certain receptors present in the myofascia, a combination of mys, myos = muscular tissue, and fascia = connective tissue, the tissue which literally connects and "holds together" the various parts of the body forming it into a whole unit, in which painful or invalidating limits might develop following prolonged physical or emotional stress and traumas.
The treatment is performed by exercising a light manual pressure on the soft tissue of the body( connective tissue, or fascia). In Cranio-Sacral Therapy, particular attention is paid to the skull and the sacrum areas, to body “rhythms” (breathing, etc.) and to the internal micro-movements of the body perceivable through contact.
Effects and benefits
During Cranio-Sacral Therapy sessions, by exercising a delicate touch (a kind of "listening touch"), the body is induced to release local and general tensions; in this way, besides a perceived relief, a profound state of well-being and relaxation can be achieved, since CST helps the spontaneous process which tends to rebalance the psycho-physiological functions of the whole body. This approach promotes also the release of those emotional tensions which, if inhibited or not expressed, could favour or maintain excessive muscular tension and the subsequent limitations (Somato-Emotional Release).
Cranio-Sacral Therapy is beneficial to people of all ages, from babies to elders, but even in the healthy people to promote well-being.
This kind of treatment may constitute a session on its own or integrated in other approaches to bodywork.