Simply put it is the release of fascial restrictions in the cranium, brain and spine. The affect of this treatment ultimately extends to the entire body.
Using the lightest of touch, the degree of movement is mostly in the order of microns but to the practitioner it can feel like several millimetres of travel are achieved. In truth, I am not yet sure whether I am sensing movement or energetic pulses, barriers and waves. Outcome for the client/patient is profound and even life changing.
With few exceptions, this work is carried out in concert with the Cranial Rhythmn of expansion and contraction at a rate of approximately five to six cycles per minute thought to be generated by the mechanism of Cerebro-Spinal Fluid production and distribution.
Rather than describing here bones and sutures affected by each release, see the illustration for adjacent structures that will be influenced. The further treatment progresses, the broader ranging the affect of a release. Restricted fascial structures close to the treatment contact point pose a block and must be released before more remote structures can be affected. No attempt is made here to describe the relationship to complex fascial structures within the cranium; the main one being the Reciprocal Tension Membrane depicted in the third illustration.
Releases covered in Module 2 of the Australian Craniofascial Therapy School's training through lifting, compressing, rotating and resisting movement of cranial bones in synchrony with the cranial rhythm target Occipital, Frontal, Nasal, Parietal, Sphenoid and Temporal bones, and the Tentorum fascia.
Training and Certification
Three workshops on the subject across a four year period culminating in competancy at the Australian Craniofascial Therapy School. Final training module focusing on release of fascial connections to the following bones in the face: Maxilla, Palatine, Vomer, Zygoma and Ethmoid. Headaches, oral, nasal, sinus, TMJ issues indicated for treatment.
The Sphenoid bone spanning the gap between the temples, behind the nose, cradling the Pituitary Gland at it's centre, hinged to the Occiput at the base of the cranium...part of the mystery of CranioSacral Therapy. Level Two training - One of nine bones in the cranium we learned to palpate position, determine quality of movement and release dysfunctional restrictions. Each and every one of these cranial release techniques can have a profound affect on our quality of life.
Australian Craniofascial Therapy School
Australian Craniofascial Therapy School's main guy, Malcolm Hiort, lecturing on the Level 2 workshop this weekend. Near on thirty years in the game, an invaluable resource for practitioners...techniques and insights identifying and clearing restrictions throughout the body, starting from the cranium, brain and spine. Subtle and esoteric...yes...but highly effective.