Year after year, there seems to be so many new and different types of healing techniques that come to life, whether they are hands on or some form of energy work. Ancient therapies, hundreds, and in some cases thousands of years old, are also resurfacing.
When I first began treating my clients using CranioSacral therapy, emphasis was primarily on physical touch, working on anatomical structures, cranial bones, membranes, cerebral spinal fluid, fascia and so on. Within a few years, though, everything had evolved. As I lay my hands on the physical body, I began to connect down through the layers, going deeper and deeper down through the organs, to the cellular level, then to the openness of the non-conscious. This then lead to the understanding that deep emotional, mental, and energetic patterns were being held in the body and manifesting as actual physical pain and/or disease.
Amidst all of the therapies around us, from the most physical to the lightest, we have chiropractic, rolfing, massage, CranioSacral, Reiki, therapeutic touch and prayer. With the more physical treatments of Chiropractic, rolfing, and massage, they seemed to be missing the emotional, feeling and spiritual aspect of healing. On the other hand, with the lighter modalities such as Reiki, therapeutic touch and other energy work, there seemed to be a missing connection with the actual physical body. In my experience and now after years of experience, Cranial Sacral Therapy has shown itself to bring a new direction of healing in our society today. It is the connecting and alignment of the physical, emotional and spiritual parts of our being.
CranioSacral Therapy falls into two areas: as a lighter touch than massage or as a heavier hands on touch compared to Reiki and Therapeutic Touch, which are typically hands off. Secondly, CranioSacral Therapy is also about releasing and cleansing. When we look at the whole picture we see that this is therefore as much energetic as it is physical – for disease is simply “chaotic energy” in the body.
For me, CranioSacral Therapy also falls under prayer. As St. Francis of Assisi said, “The secret to prayer is surrender”… “releasing everything unto God”, whether it is physical or emotional pain. Most advanced level Cranial Sacral Therapists experience this quite often in their work.
CranioSacral Therapy seems to bridge the two worlds of mainstream modalities (chiropractic, massage, conventional medicine) along with complimentary therapies (alternative, natural energy). CranioSacral Therapy works with a physiological system as well as an energetic, spiritual one, whether we are aware of it or not.
Whether people come in with complaints of disease, big or small, it is certain that we cannot separate the body, mind and spirit from one another. They are all connected together as one. More and more it seems that CranioSacral Therapy is the missing link that connects all these three together. It is believed to be where they all meet, at the unlimited depth of the individual.