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What is CranioSacral Work


Life expresses itself as motion. At a deep level of our physiological functioning all healthy, living tissues subtly move with the motion of life. The presence of these subtle movements involve a network of interrelated tissues and fluids at the core of the body. The membranes that surround the central nervous system, cerebrospinal fluid, bones of the cranium and the sacrum, create the network called the CranioSacral System. The subtle movements that produce rhythmic impulses by the CranioSacral System are regarded as expressions of health that carry an essential ordering principle for both body and mind. When these rhythms are expressed in fullness and balance, health and well-being naturally follow. During the course of our lives our bodies become patterned, shaped and conditioned according to how we are able to deal with any stresses or traumas. If stresses or traumas are overwhelming, they become locked in the body as sites of inertia. These sites of inertia affect the natural rhythmical movements of the CranioSacral System. The emphasis in CranioSacral Work is to help resolve the trapped forces that underlie and govern patterns of disease and fragmentation in both body and mind. This involves the practitioner "listening through the hands" to the body's subtle rhythms and any patterns of inertia or congestion. Through the development of subtle palpatory skills the practitioner can read the story of the body, identify places where issues are held and then follow the natural priorities for healing as directed by the patient's own physiology. The intention of treatment is to facilitate the expression of the  CranioSacral System and so enhance the body's own self-healing and self-regulating capabilities.  Furthermore, the practitioner's deep and clear quality of presence can become a reflective mirror for the patient and an invaluable road map for their potential for change.

Michael Kern