With minimal light touch, a palpable fluid-like undercurrent can be sensed by a skilled practitioner.
You may be wondering “What rhythm, what fluid system?” Imagine your brain and spinal cord floating inside a thick bowl of highly protective fluid, which undulates slowly and rhythmically in time with the oceans’ waves.
The Cranial Sacral system is made up of cerebrospinal fluid which bathes the membranous sheaths surrounding the brain and spinal cord. This system runs from your head (includes bones of the skull, face and mouth) to your tailbone. Both fluid and membranes move in slow rhythmical waves at about 6-12 cycles per minute. CST is therefore a gentle, non-invasive way of re-booting the Central Nervous System.
The practitioner doesn’t actually make or force your cranial sacral fluid system to go into any particular rhythm. Rather, she skillfully removes any blocks that stand in the way of your body getting back into that rhythm. Just like a current of water in a river flows on until it becomes obstructed, Cranial Sacral Therapy relies upon the body’s own self-correcting mechanisms to reset itself once a blockage in its electromagnetic flow is removed.
A disruption in this system can cause dysfunction in the brain and spinal cord, which in turn can cause problems throughout the body. Examples include chronic pain, lowered vitality, recurrent infections, and the build-up of stress. Long-held restrictions are sometimes called “energy cysts.” When released, energy is available for use at higher levels of function, balance, strength, flexibility and coordinated ease of movement. Therefore CST is also a wonderful preventative therapy and health enhancer.
What can cause a disruption in this system? A hard fall on your tailbone, a solid bump on the head, or inflammation near the spine could initiate a process of congested fluids and blockage.
CST first came from the works of Dr. William Sutherland, an osteopath working in the early 1900’s, whose experimental discoveries only earned him accusations of quackery. Dr. John Upledger later legitimized Sutherland’s work by establishing the scientific basis of the cranial sacral system. He went on to train thousands of healthcare providers in this technique, including acupuncturists, medical doctors, psychiatrists, osteopaths, chiropractors, psychologists, dentists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and even lay people.