Craniosacral Therapy’s Gentle Touch Frees Energy Flow
The body constantly tries to maintain equilibrium, or homeostasis, in order to attain optimum health; the ability to heal itself is part of that functionality. When the body is out of balance or under stress, craniosacral therapy (CST) can help restore its natural stability.
CST is a system of gentle touch intended to produce subtle changes within the nervous system to amplify the flow of cerebral spinal fluid and create homeostasis with the body. In effect, craniosacral therapy assists with the body’s self-healing process.
John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician and the founder of the Upledger Institute, developed craniosacral therapy. In the 1970s, while assisting in a spinal operation, Upledger noticed a strong pulse in the membranes that surrounded the patient’s spinal cord. He determined that the patient’s pulse was coming from the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the brain and the spinal cord. Upledger conducted extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and professor of biomechanics. He came to believe that anything that blocked the flow of cerebrospinal fluid could cause physical and mental distress.
In the conventional medical model, the patient is often treated like a one-dimensional list of symptoms, instead of as a multidimensional being with a mind, body and spirit. The craniosacral therapist guides and directs the flow of energy, in the form of cerebral spinal fluid, and the release of fascia, the fibrous, connective tissue that surrounds muscles, nerves and blood vessels.
Patients experience dramatic changes within the body from trauma, such as that sustained through se vere car accidents, sports injuries, major dental work, grief and anxiety. The craniosacral therapist “holds the space”, creating a secure and supportive environment where clients can let go of past trauma or injury. Natural pain relief achieved through the production of endorphins can lead to accessing the emotional body. It is not uncommon for clients to experience emotional releases, such as shedding tears or laughing aloud. Most people experience peace and tranquility when the nervous system is flowing without any restrictions.
CST has been used to relieve a number of problems, including temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), post-concussion syndrome, post-surgical recovery, emotional or physical trauma, spine issues such as kyphosis or lordosis (curvatures of the spine), pain from orthodontic treatment and injuries sustained from falls. The Upledger Institute, located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, has trained many people throughout the world, including pediatricians, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors and massage therapists.
Laura Haberstroh, the owner of Touch of Light Healing, is a licensed massage therapist, certified craniosacral teacher assistant, craniosacral therapist and Reiki master. Touch of Light is located at Essence Healing Arts Centre, 285 Forest Grove Dr., in Pewaukee. For appointments and more information about Haberstroh, call 262-844-9213. For more information about craniosacral therapy, visit Upledger.com.