Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle manual technique that works on the craniosacral system. That is - the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. The brain and spinal cord make up the Central Nervous System (CNS). The brain is akin to the master computer with the spinal cord being the information highway where all communication between the brain and the body (and vice versa) takes place. Disruption and restrictions in this system can therefore have far reaching effects.
Treatment (fully clothed), involves lying on the treatment couch while the Craniosacral system is interpreted at various points on the body using light touch usually on the bones of the head (cranium) and lower spine (sacrum). It is a holistic approach which can also involve working on restriction in the fascia (connective tissue) of the body both superficially and also viscerally (i.e. the fascia that surrounds our organs).
Although Craniosacral Therapy is increasingly well known, it is not a new method. Its origins can be traced to the work of an Osteopath William Sutherland in the late 19th Century. These principles and techniques were adapted for non Osteopaths in the 1980's and became known as Craniosacral Therapy.