Whether you choose to use it as your sole method of practice or to incorporate it into a mix of other techniques and modalities, taking the time to learn, at least, the basics of CranioSacral Therapy may be a huge benefit to your career as a health professional, not to mention your clients or patients.
The reason CranioSacral Therapy can be such a wonderful addition to or focus for your career in the healing arts is because CranioSacral Therapy stands alone in its methods, meaning you may be hard pressed to find another technique quite like CranioSacral Therapy. There is little risk of redundancy and overlap when you bring CranioSacral Therapy on board in your practice and within the wider community.
One of the main factors that sets CranioSacral Therapy apart from so many other methods of noninvasive healing is that CranioSacral Therapy is incredibly gentle. In this respect, it hovers more toward the energy work of the spectrum, where any level of touch is usually kept quite light. According to CranioSacral Therapy experts, the weight of pressure used to perform this type of manual therapy is around 5 grams, or the weight of a nickel.
Having such a gentle, yet effective, method of health care on hand can be beneficial in myriad ways. For example, some clients or patients may not be able to tolerate deep-tissue work or other techniques that are more physically intense or aggressive. This may be due to an injury, a medical condition or simply because the person is sensitive to touch and has a low threshold for what he or she perceives as pain.
Another benefit of the gentle nature of CranioSacral Therapy may be the fact that this method allows practitioners of other forms of more physically aggressive health care, such as deep-tissue massage or chiropractic, to give their own bodies a bit of a break during CranioSacral Therapy sessions.
Besides the appeal of the light touch involved in CranioSacral Therapy, there are several other attributes that make this method unique. Among these is the fact that this one form of manual therapy may be used to address such a vast array of client or patient conditions. The issues that motivate people seek out CranioSacral Therapy may range from mental and emotional conditions to recovery from injury or chronic pain.
CranioSacral Therapy focuses specifically on improving the environment that surrounds the body’s central nervous system—the brain and spinal cord. This environment, known as the craniosacral system, is composed of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid, which nourish, protect and support the central nervous system.
As practitioners of CranioSacral Therapy release restrictions in the soft tissue surrounding the craniosacral system, they aim to eliminate any areas where those soft-tissue restrictions may have been pressing in on and distorting the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid within that craniosacral system. By striving to improve the health and function of those crucial membranes and fluids, CranioSacral Therapy seeks to support the best possible functioning of the body’s central nervous system.