At the beginning of the 20th century the American W.G. Sutherland, MD, demonstrated the flexibility of cranial sutures and integrated his concept into osteopathy.
John E. Upledger, doctor for general medicine and osteopathy, discovered 1971 during an operation that the cerebrospinal fluid (liquor) is continuously pulsating through the human body with its own special rhythm comparable to the heartbeat or breathing. This liquor circulates between the cranial structures and the sacral bone, also around the cerebral structures and many nerves, and is transported as an impulse via connective tissue through the whole body.
The experienced, focussed therapist can well notice this cranio-sacral pulsation with sensitive hands, strengthen and balance it and thus gain direct access to physical intelligence and regeneration capacity. Through this pulsation blockades and dysfunctions can be localised and balanced with very smooth manual impulses like mild pressure or stretching.
Cranio-sacral therapy focuses on structural causes, e.g. the influence of posture on jawbone and joints or breathing on the intra-abdominal organs. The therapy improves mobility by erasing structurally fixed cell-memories and emotions, and by integrated methods improves balance, mental clarity and stability as well as personal satisfaction and regeneration.
Over the last three decades cranio-sacral therapy has developed from a sub-section of osteopathy to an independent field of therapy being applicable to many physical structures, e.g. nerves, bones, muscles, tissues, hormones, lymphatic system and blood circulation. It can be applied in cases of migraine and other forms of headache, dysbalance, problems with the jawbone and joints, fatigue, pain of the back or after accidents - to name only a few indications.
The traditional application is very smooth, like a soft touch of the hands, sometimes combined with slightly harder osteopathic techniques. The application is considered to be very relaxing, sometimes pictures and emotions emerge that should be paid attention to.
Every treatment is precious; in the case of chronic diseases a series of applications will be necessary, e.g. for the improvement of the jawbone joints or cervical spine five applications, twice a month, have proved to be most effective.
The cranio-sacral system reflects lack of balance before symptoms occur so that preventive treatment is possible.
CRANIO-SACRAL THERAPY FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN
Infantile skull and spinal cord are subject to tremendous pressures during birth, e.g. compression and overlapping of the cerebral plates. In some cases the skull doesn't return to its regular form after birth thus deteriorating the function of the brain, blood vessels or cerebral nerves. Problems with sucking, excessive crying, overextension of the spinal cord, slow development or turning/looking to one side only may be symptoms that necessitate therapy. Cranio-sacral therapy provides excellent support, e.g. for the mobility and symmetry of the cranial and facial bones, a flexible spinal cord and for good digestion.
Prolonged or precipitate labour or Caesarean section but also an apparently normal birth can be traumatic for the baby and lead to a shock cell-memory. Cranio-sacral therapy offers the method to softly neutralise such memories and prepare for the optimal development of the child.
This therapy for infants means very gentle, precise touch of the hands so that also neonates can be treated. Cranio-sacral therapy recommends a preventive examination or treatment during the first weeks after birth.
For the mother pregnancy, giving birth and taking care of the baby is a challenge. Sensual awareness, regeneration of physical and mental strength as well as relaxation is helpful for the performance of this important work. I therefore gladly offer applications for the mother too.