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5 reasons why Craniosacral Therapy may be the answer to your health concerns

The Cerebrospinal fluid circulation

Craniosacral Therapy is an educated, specific, non-invasive hands-on therapy that supports your body’s innate ability to heal. Craniosacral Therapy uses light pressure to free the Dura Mater (the material that surrounds the brain and spinal cord) to enhance the production, circulation, and reabsorption of the fluid around your brain and spinal cord known as Cerebrospinal Fluid. As the production and reabsorption of the Cerebrospinal Fluid is contained in a closed hydraulic system within your body, there is a normal rise and fall of pressure which occurs.

If your body is not able to accommodate these pressure changes (due to bony compressions, spinal misalignments, birth trauma, etc.) this will lead to dysfunction, pain, and other physical and mental disturbances. The Dura Mater also plays an important role in cranial bone movement. Yes, that’s right! Research shows that our cranial bones move in a rhythm, known as the Craniosacral Rhythm, instead of being immobile as previously thought. Diminished movement of your bony structures in an area of your body indicates a malfunction that your body is not correcting on its own, and will need to be addressed. The Central Nervous System, which controls whether you’re in fight or flight or rest and digest, is also contained within the Craniosacral system. Few body structures have more influence over your health and well-being than your Central Nervous System, so being able to manipulate that provides immeasurable benefits to your overall health.

This gentle healing technique can address a variety of health concerns. Craniosacral Therapy may be the answer you seek for your health issue:

1. You Can Discover the Healing Power of Your Inner Wisdom: Craniosacral Therapy is a simple, direct way of accessing your own inner wisdom and innate healing mechanism. The clients’ inner wisdom leads and directs the session, which is the central premise of this modality.  The therapist will “listen” to the client’s system with their hands, assess the priorities and respond accordingly.

2.  It Uses a Combined Mind, Body and Spirit Approach: It works on the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of oneself.  Each session is unique, which means any one of these aspects, or combination of these aspects, can appear in a session. For example, sometimes we have a sense with a headache that it’s in response to an emotional trigger, but can’t quite identify it. With Craniosacral Therapy, clients are provided the opportunity to feel how and where the tissue is holding tension as the emotional trigger shows up. This can be very enlightening and with subsequent sessions, clients tend to become more self aware.

3.  Receive It At Any Age: Because Craniosacral Therapy is so gentle, it can be received from the time of conception onwards. That listening, non invasive touch can be helpful to anyone, even if you don’t have a specific “problem”. Some patients continue to have sessions with me, even though their issues have resolved, simply because they feel it helps to keep them “on a level”, such is the support that it provides.

4.  Complementary Medicine: Craniosacral Therapy is a specific, non-invasive, light touch therapy that supports your body’s innate ability to heal. Overall CranioSacral Therapy is a highly effective light-touch therapy that works with the source of pain and dysfunction and the whole body simultaneously.

5.  It’s Flexible: Clients can work as intensively as they like. Treatments can be received every few days, or once every month or two.

Author: Beatrice Iten 25/01/2020


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Brain Cleansing During Sleep

Why do we sleep? Recent research by Maiken Nedergaard and colleagues at the University of Rochester in New York shows that a major purpose of sleep is to help the brain cleanse itself of harmful materials.

How does the brain cleanse itself? Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a nourishing and cleansing brain fluid. CSF carries essential nutrients into the brain, and transports waste and toxic material out of the brain.

How does Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow into and out of the brain? The brain is comprised of two cell types: “neurons” and “glia.”  Glia have a multitude of important tasks and one is to control the flow of CSF. One sort of glial cell is called an “astrocyte” because it looks similar to a radiating star. The tips of some of these star-shaped cells create channels in which CSF flows into and out of the brain. For CSF to actually enter or exit the brain it passes through little holes in the astrocyte tips called “aquaporins.”

What controls the flow of CSF inside the brain? Astrocytes and other glial cells help control the size of the space through which CSF and other substances flow inside the brain (extracellular space). The extracellular space becomes smaller during wakefulness and larger during sleep. The larger extracellular space allows more CSF to flow inside the brain.

What happens if CSF doesn’t flow well? When CSF flow is hindered then brain cells can’t receive essential nutrients nor cleanse themselves well. This can cause cell stress that may lead to cell dysfunction. For instance neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are associated with a build-up of toxic material in the brain.   

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) may help CSF flow. One primary intent of CST, a gentle hands-on therapy, is to encourage the flow of CSF. CST clients often fall asleep during treatment. Perhaps this is the body’s way of boosting the effect of CST by optimizing the size of the space through which CSF flows.  

Sleep opens the brain-cleansing pathways. In summary during sleep the brain’s extracellular space enlarges.  This allows more CSF to flow throughout the brain. CSF helps carry essential nutrients to brain cells and helps cleanse the brain of toxic material.  This is a very important reason why we need to sleep.

Author: Beatrice Iten 17/02/2020