RIK EHMANN, LAc MQP
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is mainly applied to the connective tissue, or fascia, of the body. There are many layers of fascia lining the entire body, enveloping everything within muscle, bone, nerve, brain tissue, organs, cells, etc. When this tissue is compromised it may have profoundly negative effects upon the body. Optimally, fascia is free to glide about a millimetre, or two, in all directions. In the presence of adhesions or traumas this free fascial movement becomes restricted and may lead to dysfunction within the systems of the body.
An imbalance or dysfunction in the cranial-sacral system may be caused by trauma to the body such as falls, accidents, medical procedures, or simply by stress and nervous tension. An imbalance can cause sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities leading to innumerable physical and psychological problems.
At its most superficial level, connective tissue lies just underneath the skin. Due to this it takes very little pressure to tap into the tissue. Also, since there is not much elasticity to fascia it takes very little pressure to affect change through traction, compression or various other techniques that may be applied.
At its deepest level, connective tissue connects into the dural tube. The dural tube surrounds the spinal cord, lines the skull, and acts to separate the regions of the brain. This tube contains cerebral spinal fluid – the protectant for the spine and brain, and custodian of chemical waste. This cerebral spinal fluid flows from sacrum to cranium and back again, creating a rhythm much like a heart rate or respiratory rhythm.
Between it’s deepest and most superficial layers fascia runs through the body enveloping all things within, all the way down to a cellular level. Due to the low level of elasticity in fascia, when it becomes damaged it will adversely affect the things it envelopes by inhibiting the function of the contained structures – organ, joint, nerve, muscle, etc. —–
Cranial Sacral Therapy is an ideal compliment to other alternative or allopathic modalities as its goal is to support the self-correcting mechanisms of the body.