Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) a hands on therapeutic approach. Is characterized by gentle manipulations of the skull and sacrum. This in turn, helps to harmonize the natural rhythms of the central nervous system. “CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure. It’s used for it’s ability to bolster resistance to disease. And it”s effective for a wide range of medical problems. Problems associated with pain and dysfunction.” As defined by the Upledger Institute.
Still Point Detection
I have studied craniosacral therapy in workshops and study groups. I decided not to certify as a Craniosacral Therapist. I leave this experts who have mastered the modality. However, I’m very good at Still Point Detection. A Still Point happens when your body and mind is ready for change. Your self-healing capacity is at its maximum potential. This is a subtle point in time. Easy to miss. Miss it and that potential has been wasted. Catch it and spontaneous healing is possible.
Its all Connected
A Still Point is an opportunity. Detect it and unexpected discoveries become possible. This is the time to connect the “dots”. The relationships between old and new injuries come into sharp relief. Concept: injury leads to compensation, to imbalance, to new pain patterns. A new injury layers over and into old injuries. The new injury has its pain pattern. Old injuries have their pain patterns. The new and old patterns interconnect. New pain patterns arise. Connective tissues actually grow between the injury sites. Still Points are a tool for discovery. I can determine the interconnections through Still Points. This is called Significance Detection.
During sessions, I branch out into surrounding areas. Often guided by Still Points. Not all Still Points are created equal. Some are relatively light and short lived. Others feel deeper, quieter and longer lasting. A measure of significance. A trail of breadcrumbs. Mapping out pathways from one region to another. The regions sometimes close together. Other times quite distant from one another. In this way I piece together relationships. A clearer picture emerges.
The field broadens. Related areas of therapeutic value are discovered. Therapy is applied. Issues are cleared. And new areas are often discovered in the same way.
Sometimes during a deep Still Point spontaneous healing happens. Spontaneous healing needs time and space to occur. This is like your nervous is holding its breath. You are very calm and relaxed. Your body is then free to make a shift. A shift that results is unanticipated change. The change is healing in some way, shape or form. At this point in time I have stopped doing. I’m there as a witness. When the Still Point has ended we go back to active work.
There is no way to know what form the healing will take. Your body has decided that it needed this space in time. What it does with this time is a mystery. One thing is certain : it was a good thing.
Now, I don’t go into therapy sessions trying to make still-points happen. It doesn’t work like that. A still-point happens when your craniosacral system halts it’s rhythms. The Cranio-Sacral system is comprised of your cranium, spinal card and sacrum. A gentle wave-like motion pumps cerebrospinal fluid throughout the system. I can sense this rhythm. When I sense the motion ceasing, I cease action too. When it resumes, I resume. Sometimes we learn something new. Something that might change the course of your treatment. A fine-tuning perhaps. Other times? …