Wellness: Craniosacral Therapy, by Sunanda Jordon

Most of us would agree that when we are not feeling ill or don’t have pain, we think we are healthy. We don’t even think about it much and take it completely for granted that we wake up in the morning, are able to get out of bed and that everything works and functions as it is supposed to. Until it doesn’t.

When something fails in the body, we go to a doctor and trust that he or she will tell us what is wrong with us and has the answers on how to make us better again. Once in the system, we become dependent on the experts, the ones who have studied in important universities and who, supposedly, know us inside out. But what happens when they don’t?

With the Internet at our fingertips, we can research the symptoms we experience as well as the diagnoses the doctors may have given us. We can take an active part in our own treatment by gathering information and gaining the knowledge we need to make the right decision. Yet all of this is coming from outside sources. What if we had a source inside of us, one that would know exactly what was wrong with us and had the correct treatment plan ready before we even notice the first symptom?
If we start with the premise that the body knows how to heal itself, then what should we do with that information? Just wait and do nothing and trust the healer within to do all the work? Well, yes and no. Depending on what the ailment is, we find a treatment plan that honors the intelligence within, in combination with the assistance of conventional medicine, when necessary.

Craniosacral therapy offers such a treatment plan. Craniosacral therapy is based on the premise that the body is a complete integrated whole, not merely the sum of different parts. The body – the physical, mental and spiritual – works and functions as a unit. How we feel and think has bearing on our physical body. We know that when we feel happy, our body feels light, vibrant and in optimal form. When we feel depressed, our body feels heavy, sluggish and ill at ease.

Craniosacral therapy is about taking responsibility for one’s own health. You, as client, are responsible for the physical, the mental and the spiritual aspect of your being. During a treatment, you and your therapist work actively with your own “inner physician” in releasing that, which restricts the body’s flow of pure healing energy. Craniosacral therapy is a light, non-invasive therapy that corrects and modifies restrictions in the craniosacral system (a semi-closed hydraulic system in the body, enveloping the brain and spinal cord, as well as pituitary and pineal glands) as well as the surrounding tissue. By using a combination of therapeutic approaches, the craniosacral therapist supports what your body-being is open, ready and willing to release to allow the central nervous system to perform optimally.

A craniosacral therapist doesn’t see him- or herself as a healer, but as a facilitator. Through their hands, the therapist listens deeply to the tissue, the cranial plates and the spine for signs of restriction and, when restriction is found, offers release. There is no force, no agenda and no judgment. There is just you, the therapist and the intention to heal, completely, organically and in balance with nature. Craniosacral therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease and balances your natural rhythm.

Give craniosacral therapy a try and get to know your “inner physician”. You may discover it is smarter than you think.

Sunanda JordonSunanda Jordon is the Acquisitions Editor for the Wellness section of Parvati Magazine. She is a practitioner of craniosacral therapy in Vaughan, Canada, and has also studied Reiki.