Craniosacral therapy is a gentle method of listening to the body and encouraging change.
There are several different kinds of rhythms in your body. For example, the breathing rhythm in which we inhale and exhale is about 15-20 times a minute, while the cardiac rhythm is where our heart beats 60-80 times a minute. Underneath those rhythms is the craniosacral rhythm, a rhythm that occurs about 6-12 times a minute.
The CranioSacral rhythm occurs in order to exchange and circulate cerebral spinal fluid in your body. The membranes around your head and spinal cord act like a hydraulic pump that circulates the clear fluid around your brain and spinal cord and then returns it to the blood supply, filtered and renewed. Cerebral spinal fluid is important because it supplies nutrients and carries away waste products. It also acts as a fluid protective covering for the brain and spinal cord. This rhythm can be felt anywhere on the body: the legs, pelvis, sacrum, shoulders and head. In this rhythm, the head gently expands and narrows and the spine lengthens and shortens. In addition,other body parts externally and internally rotate in reaction to the rhythm.
What happens in a session is the therapist follows the rhythm and will gently hold the rhythm in certain places as the body frees itself from the hold. As it frees itself or releases itself, restrictions in the body can change and release. These releases can be felt as heat, pulsing, muscle twitching, gurgling in the stomach, and breathe changes. You may feel parts of your body soften, shift or spread.
Often your body will actually start moving to help release these restrictions. Sometimes there are emotions held in the body that are part of the release process. These emotions could be tears, laughter and/or memories that may produce feelings of fear, shame, sadness, anger, remorse and more. This allows the emotions to come to your awareness and be released, a process that is called a SomatoEmotional Release.