Craniosacral therapy uses gentle manipulation of the skull, spine, and pelvis to regulate the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, alleviate tension, and enhance body movement.
The treatment developed from the studies of an osteopathic doctor named W.G. Sutherland in the 1930s and an osteopathic doctor named John E. Upledger in the 1970s. According to practitioners, a cranial rhythmic impulse — a rhythm in the body similar to but distinct from the heartbeat and breathing — causes subtle but noticeable movements between joints in the skull that produce effects throughout the entire body. Practitioners of craniosacral therapy help to remove blockages of the cranial rhythmic impulse by applying light pressure on the head, face, neck, and pelvis.
Craniosacral therapists are frequently trained in osteopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, and/or massage therapy. A single private session, in which the client remains fully clothed and typically lies on a massage table, lasts between 30 minutes and an hour. More than one session may be necessary, depending on the client’s conditions.
Craniosacral therapy is commonly used to treat headaches, neck and back pain, stress, symptoms of cancer, and several other ailments.