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Linda Diane Feldt
NCTMB, Holistic Health Practitioner and Herbalist
The Ann Arbor Center for Holistic Health and Traditional Wisdom
Cranial Sacral Therapy
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is primarily an Osteopathic technique of working with the reciprocal membrane and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) motion. While most people think that is focuses on moving the bones of the head (which are not fused together as was commonly thought) actually, that is only what is occurring on the surface. Profoundly gentle and relaxing, CST connects with the physical body at a very special and extraordinary level, and surprising changes in symptoms can occur with very little apparent activity. Because it is accomplished within a semi-closed hydraulic system, it takes very little pressure or physical effort. Engaging the CSF appears to compound the ability of the body to respond to changes and physical transformation, as well as transformation on other levels.
While it really has to be experienced to be appreciated for its subtlety, the results are far from subtle. I have worked with newborns unable to nurse who were immediately able to latch on with no trouble after a few minutes of work. I have been able to help people with long standing paralysis feel significant improvement with just one session. I have worked with thousands of people with debilitating headaches and back injuries that have not responded to conventional medical treatment who experience relief in just a few sessions. I appreciate that most people will know in one or two session if CST will help them, so there is not a large investment of time or money without knowing if it will help.
Polarity therapy and CST work very well together, and Dr. Stone - the originator of Polarity Therapy - spoke in awe of the CSF and its special qualities in the fifties and earlier.
Standards for Practice
There appears to be an emerging standard, but there is not widespread agreement yet. While there are standards in England and for Osteopaths, the U.S. is a bit behind. There are a number of approaches, and a few big names with different takes on this issue. I firmly agree that standards are needed. There is an explosion of people who do cranial work, with training and experience all over the map. One emerging standard is for 350 hours of training, accompanied by at least 500 hours of session hours and other work. I expect there to be rapid change in this area in the next few years.
no classes are being offered at this time.
Look for a workshop for parents in early 2006.