I see the intent of a craniosacral therapy session as a holding of the space to enable the client to find the optimum flow of their internal reservoirs.
This image of flowing water and bridges is a great visual portrayal of craniosacral therapy. Each human body is unique, as each flowing river is unique. Each human body has a flow that changes over the course of the seasons. A huge downpour of rain will cause a river to flow faster or burst its banks and change its shape. The same is true energetically when a huge emotional upset happens to us.
I see the intent of a craniosacral therapy session as a holding of the space to enable the client to find the optimum flow of their internal reservoirs. The flow from our cranium cavity to our thoracic/chest cavity to our abdominal cavity to the pelvic cavity can become trapped through injury or emotional upset. This tends to show up in the diaphragms of the body (the bridges). This can be palpated (felt) as tension, as a denseness or even as a twisted muscle that unwinds during a treatment.
As its our universal habit to hold our breath at the drop of a hat, even more so when we are afraid or stressed, these all encourage our diaphragms to freeze. This impacts not only on the diaphragm/bridge but on the cavities either side of it too.
Most people only think about the respiratory diaphragm but actually we have four key diaphragms in our bodies:
i) Cranial Diaphragm
The cranial diaphragm is composed of differentiated connective tissues in the skull called the Falx Cerebrii and the Tentorum Cerebelli. Tension in these can cause headaches, migraine and poor concentration skills.
ii) Cervical Diaphragm
The cervical diaphragm is composed of the tongue, the muscles of the hyoid bone, and scalene muscles.
iii) Thoracic Diaphragm
The most common and well-known diaphragm (respiratory) which separates the thoracic cage from the abdomen.
iv) Pelvic Diaphragm
Found on the pelvic floor, it links the sacrum to the pelvis and is essentially a large "sheet" of specific muscles.
These four diaphragms work together in unison to contribute to the respiratory rhythym (and flow) which is fundamentally important for the proper function of the central nervous system and our circulatory system. Craniosacral therapy allows the diaphragms to release, thus allowing a “level playing field” for deeper releases of the dural tube, vertebral and cranial bones, and cranial meninges. Clients often become aware of changes as their tissue moves, warms to touch, fluids begin to flow, and their breath moves into sighs, indicating a dissipation of tension.
So don't let your diaphragms constrict your flow; book in for a craniosacral MOT instead!
Treating young babies and their mothers is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding experiences for Craniosacral therapists. Young infants tend to respond very quickly and effectively to treatment and parents often bring along babies for treatment, suffering from colic, sleeping trouble and digestive problems.
Being born is most definitely one of the biggest events of our lives – on a spiritual, emotional and physical level. Indeed many adults still hold trauma in their bodies from their own birth into the world (which can still be cleared at any age) but what I want to address here is the impact of birth on a newborn baby.
How birth can impact on breastfeeding
The compressive forces experienced during birth as a result of the passage through the pelvis and the tight fit in the birth canal can cause imbalance in a baby's system, even in natural and apparently problem-free births. Certain situations (such as a fast birth, a caesarean, forceps) can also result in undue pressure placed upon the cranial nerves, particularly those that control the mouth, which in turn may impact on breastfeeding success. The three nerves of the cranium that affect breastfeeding are the glossopharyngeal nerve (which controls the muscles of the pharynx), the vagus nerve (which controls the muscles of the soft palate), and the hypoglossal nerve (which controls the tongue muscle). Compression of any or all of these nerves can cause dysfunctional nursing (Hewitt 1999).
CranioSacral Therapy offers a promising approach to solving difficult breastfeeding problems. It helps bring mothers and babies closer to the loving relationship that breastfeeding can be.
What to expect in a session
Listening to the mother’s story is the first important step in a therapeutic relationship. The types of questions that a craniosacral therapist may ask include
• How was the pregnancy for you?
• How was the birth?
• How were the first few days with your new baby (awareness, ability to settle, suckling)?
• How are you all sleeping?
• What kind of support are you all having?
• Are there any concerns you have about parenting or about your child?
• How often does the baby feed?
• Do you notice a difference in the baby depending on your moods, diet etc?
• Do you notice a pattern to your child’s discomfort (time of day, after meals, before meals)?
Treatment is performed with babies fully clothed and usually treated on their mother or father's lap. However treatment can still take place during breastfeeding, whilst being cradled or during sleep. It may require several sessions to notice an improvement, although most babies improve with one session.
Please feel free to ring or email to discuss any worries you have with your baby or pregnancy.
I’m intrigued by the meaning of Harmony right now. If you look at its definitions it is about being in agreement/accord or its about congruity/ being in a pleasing arrangement or its about musical tones..... What is intriguing me is that these are three separate definitions of harmony that my mental capacity can relate to yet if I relate from my body-sense harmony feels to be all three at the same time. If I sit with that – how three separates are one whole – this shows how harmony is the opposite of putting things in boxes – how it is all encompassing and how it is relational.
I get the sense of songlines carrying harmonics, changing the energy of everything they touch through frequency, through contact, through resonance, the songlines of the Earth, the songlines of the Stars, the songlines of our own bodies; a galactic orchestra cascading sound and light across the cosmos. There feels to be a window right now to feel, to hear, to sense, to see what harmony is and how we can be a part of that orchestra.
Whilst you breathe in that potential, and open to that, I want to share an Apache blessing with you:
May the sun
Bring you new energy by day.
May the moon
Softly restore you by night.
May the rain
Wash away your worries.
May the breeze
Blow new strength into your being.
May you walk
Gently through the world and know
Its beauty all the days of your life.