As Craniosacral therapy is concerned with creating and maintaining a healthy balanced state on all levels, it can be helpful in almost any condition. My personal health challenges, post-operative and colitis related, have certainly been aided and are a reason for my drive to share with others.
The following are some examples of conditions that tend to readily benefit from Craniosacral treatment. Most of these I have personally treated and seen good results.
Headaches, Migraines, Sleep disturbances
Lack of clarity and Brain fog
Tension, Stress, Anxiety, Depression
Acute or Chronic Pain - back, neck, persistent anywhere in the body
To those who have never received a craniosacral treatment, the term "unwinding"of the neck and the head will probably sound really strange and possibly even painful. It is a term used to refer to gentle manual work in which the weight of the head is fully supported by the therapist's hands. The hands gently cradle the base and the back of the head, acting like a sling. In this way, any movement in the neck is completely weightless, allowing full freedom and flow which would otherwise not be possible.
The unwinding process can be performed on any part of the body - frequently on restricted shoulder, hip or knee joints with reduced mobility, but it can also be applied on individual organs. However, it has been my experience that the site most likely needing this form of deep work is at the base of the skull. The weight of the head is here supported by the first few vertebras and the amplitude of frequent movements is rather extensive to allow us to freely observe our environment. This puts considerable strain on the supporting structures.
This anatomic area is also where the Vagus nerve exits the skull on it's way to the lower part of the body, supplying all the vital organs in the chest and the abdomen. The Vagus nerve is responsible for the parasympathetic function - rest, relaxation, repair, balancing, slowing down and healing of the organs of the cardiovascular, endocrine, digestive and immune systems. It is therefore vitally important that its path and function are clear and unrestricted.
At the centre of our being is the natural, universal life force which is present in, and permeates all living matter. We refer to it as the vitality or the life itself. In craniosacral work, it is also known as "the breath of life". The breath of life is the expression of life itself, which manifests through constant movement and change within and around the physical body that we identify ourselves with.
It is present in all the tissues, from the deepest, softest tissues and organs located strategically for protection in the centre of the body, through the more condensed and strong supportive structures of our musculo-skeletal system, through to the connective tissues, the surface of our skin and beyond. It is also present in all the fluids that bathe and circulate around our vital structures. It doesn't stop there, it resonates further, enveloping our bodies with the infinite matrix which engages with all other matrices present in the entire universe.
The basis of craniosacral work is in the understanding that every living being possesses an inherent source of knowledge and established effective mechanisms that are designed to guide the body in its natural process of development and growth. This process it will ultimately always strive to achieve and maintain optimal health, looking to harmonise our relationship with our immediate and wider environment.
The natural mechanisms we are embracing are continually at work, every waking and resting moment. However, the potential and rate at which the mechanisms are at work will depend on our levels of physical and mental activity and emotional stresses we are exposed to. It is easy to understand that a balance is always necessary - in every process that takes place in nature and likewise in the maintenance of our health.