Craniosacral therapy is different from work that manipulates or fixes. It builds health and restores a natural state of balance in the body. Cranio work has its origins in osteopathy. It is neutral and non-judgmental, allowing the body to heal on its own terms.

"Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle-touch-health care method based on the discovery 100 years ago, of a previously undetected, subtle, cyclic micromovement in the body. Decades of research by osteopathic physicians have demonstrated that when this movement is fully expressed in its natural state, many conditions tend to improve on their own, from the inside out. BCST seeks to optimize this movement via light touch and other supportive strategies."

It is my belief that motion is health, stasis results in Craniosacral therapy, the practitioner continually evaluates the craniosacral systems and all body fascias, searching for areas of compromised involves a whole-body evaluation of energy patterns and cysts. Once such abnormal patterns are located, the therapist may eclectically employ any and all techniques that may be useful in re-establishing optimal freedom of motion to any restricted areas that are found...such motion can range from the movement of interstitial fluids and transmembrane ionic and molecular transport, to gross joint motion and even energy flow...Dr. John Upledger

Life expresses itself as motion. At a deep level of our physiological patterns and functioning, all healthy living tissues "breathe" with the motion of life. This is a phenomenon called primary respiration that produces rhythmic flexion and extension, or inhalation and exhalation which can be palpated by trained, listening hands. Some patterns from life experience can become distressful, restrictive or even painful in the body - but these may be unlocked and resolved with help that includes building a framework of health with craniosacral therapy. The two primary schools of thought in the field of craniosacral therapy are Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy and the Upledger approach to craniosacral therapy.

Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy means listening to the organizing forces that integrate cellular and tissue function from the moment of conception. Listening to the tides, primary respiration, the nervous systems and much more, this therapy originates from the Osteopathic principle and the extensive research of doctors Still and Sutherland that, given the right conditions, the body can promote health and relieve injury, trauma, stress, and pain. Modern established teachers in the field of Biodynamic Craniosacral include: Franklin Sills, John Chitty, Roger Gilchrist, Mary Louise Muller, Christopher Muller, Michael Shea and many others.

Dr. John Upledger developed CST as an evolution from osteopathic medicine with a musculoskeletal emphasis. After intensively studying the work of Dr. William Sutherland, another pioneer in Cranial Osteopathy, Upledger developed his own approach to craniosacral therapy. As a research scientist in Biomechanics at Minnesota State University, he applied the techniques to an enormous variety of medical conditions, including Autism and ADD/ADHD with considerable success. With research and application of Sutherland's and his own findings, Dr. Upledger established the Upledger Institute in 1985, and continues to train people from wide backgrounds in CST techniques.

In Craniosacral Therapy, we create a safe environment for the client, intended to support, calm the system, and release restrictions. We listen deeply to the fluctuations of the cerebral spinal fluid, we hear the patterns in the body with its innate intelligence and desire to resolve stresses, illness or trauma. Craniosacral therapy combines gentle touch and awareness to encourage regulation of the nervous systems, release of old patterns and restrictions held in the connective tissues and fascia, allowing the body to return to its natural state of balance. We may have our hands on the head, sacrum, feet of the fully clothed client with a light listening touch and neutral perception. As therapists, we hold space for the body, with a light touch---from a place of our own grounded stillness and skill.

The supported system accesses its own inner resources, balance and stillness, remembering its own inherent health.

The beauty of craniosacral therapy is that the body can show its patterns, its restrictions and work in partnership with the therapist to reorganize the system. The body-mind reconnects with its own healing resources. It has the inner intelligence and innate sensitivity that is capable, when skillfully supported, of presenting itself in a natural priority to be resolved. As a result, this therapy does not overwhelm the system, but makes it increasingly stronger, layer by layer, allowing it to resolve difficult patterns and return to a balanced state of Health.