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A Shamanic approach to CranioSacral work: deep work, potentially life-changing, very gentle.

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Craniosacral work is a holistic healing practice, which uses extremely light finger pressure to optimize a movement pattern within the body, which is known as the "cranial wave". Craniosacral work differs from most other modalities by its lightness of touch, and the long, attentive duration of each contact. It believes that focus and gentleness are the foundations of healing. While craniosacral work focuses on helping the cranial wave flow freely through the head, spine and pelvis, it is not limited to those areas, and may be used to work with painful or restricted conditions anywhere in the body.

Cerebro-spinal fluid is produced in the brain and is pumped from the brain down the spinal cord, around the spinal cord and brain and is then reabsorbed. A sac-like membrane (Dural Membrane) covers the brain and spinal cord in which it is immersed in C.S.F. The C.S.F. acts as a cushion protecting this delicate mechanism. The brain and spinal cord are protected by bone, the brain by the skull and the spinal cord by the spinal column.

When we breathe, the movement of our body is obvious. Each time our heartbeats, we can feel the movement of blood along the superficial arteries. But the cranial wave is so subtle that it takes trained hands to feel it, and we usually cannot feel our own wave at all. A sheet of writing paper is 100 microns thick; the average movement of a cranial bone (our heads are composed of 22 bones) is 40 microns. The normal frequency of the cranial wave cycle is from 8 to 14 per minute. The quality and frequency of the wave as it passes through (or is unable to pass through) different bones and tissues in the body is assessed by the craniosacral practitioner, who "listens" to it in order to gauge the need for treatment. (Practitioners also listen to it to sense the effectiveness of their work) Different conditions, such as whiplash injury, trauma to the head, or migraine headaches produce different qualities in the cranial wave. The trained practitioner can recognize these qualities in the cranial wave. The frequency of the wave can also be dramatically affected by illness - for instance, in coma it slows to 2 cycles per minute. And in meditative states, it may calm down to 3 or 4 cycles per minute.

In simple terms, if the cranial bones are not in the right place, then the brain and central nervous system cannot be in the right place. The hormonal system cannot perform optimally. Even though the cranial bones only move half the thickness of a sheet of writing paper, the human head is so delicate, and so suffused with vital nerve pathways, that even slight deformations of a bone's movement or position can produce physical or psychological symptoms, and often both. When the cranial wave is distorted it also consumes or diverts a disproportionate amount of energy, lowers the strength of the immune system, and increases the likelihood of chronic states like depression becoming intractable. When the cranial wave is optimized, we feel whole. The optimum fluctuation of our energy field optimizes the functioning of our nervous system, and has a profound influence on our immune and hormonal systems. That is why some people whose conditions seem to be quite unrelated to the craniosacral system do feel much better after receiving the work. It can be used to make sure orthodontics are correctly fitted, and as part of work with jaw joint or temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). A cap or filling that is even 3 microns to prominent (the thickness of fine dental carbon-paper) can cause jaw, neck and head pain - occasionally even knee dysfunction. When the prominence is removed, the patient often feels immediate and dramatic relief. Craniosacral work is the only modality that specifically works with impacted sutures that can result from trauma to the head, releasing them through skilled and patient attention.

For many conditions, particularly birth defect, learning disabilities, muscle contraction headache, migraine, cluster headache, neck pain, low back pain. Scoliosis, personality disturbance, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, whiplash, Bells Palsy, vertigo and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), where in the right environment, it can be highly effective. Other conditions, such as autism and tinnitus meet with varying degrees of success. Craniosacral work can also be highly effective in helping the return of mental clarity and abundant energy after a life-crisis, and sometimes helps alleviate chronic depression.