What is craniosacral therapy and what does it feel like? While it’s not the easiest thing to describe it’s in my
opinion one of the most fascinating and effective treatment options, and also one of the most relaxing.
First let me tell you a little about a session. For a craniosacral session clients stay fully clothed (sweat pants
or yoga pants are best). You lie on the table and using a very light touch I will feel the different movements
of the cranial bones and sacrum, as well as the movements of the fluids and other structures. The cranial bones do move very minutely, actually about 40 microns, which is about half the thickness of a piece of paper; therefore it requires a very light touch to feel. If too much pressure is applied these movements are easily missed. If there is the slightest shift in the movements of these bones or structures it can cause a wide range of symptoms.
Your dural tube holds your brain and runs down your spine to your sacrum, also housing your cerebral spinal fluid. This tube is not very elastic, in fact it’s made of the same material as your fingernails. Due to
this rigidity if there is any impact to the tube it can “land” anywhere creating pain or dysfunction – often in areas different from the initial impact and therefore not associated with the injury. You know how annoying it can be if your sock is twisted? That dural tube can get “twists” as well, and it is aggravating and often painful for your central nervous system.
As I feel the different movements of bones and fluid in the body I work to encourage the bones to move back to a healthy pattern and any places of stagnation to open up. This is done by paying attention to what is going on in my clients and gently encouraging the bones and other structures to decompress and unwind
to find balance.
During this my clients experience a deep state of rest and relaxation, often much deeper and more restorative than they have known before.