When you have a conversation with a craniosacral therapy practitioner, there are a few words that you may have never heard before. The language can be entertaining and also bewildering. Below are some words and phrases you might hear me say:
CST- CranioSacral Therapy
CSR- CranioSacral Rhythm- the ebb and flow of the cerebrospinal fluid as it produced, absorbed, and circulated by our bodies.
Flexion/Extension-the inherent, physiological motion of the body as it responds to the craniosacral rhythm.
Flexion- Arms and legs roll away very slightly away from the midline of the body. The occiput (back of the head) and sacrum (just above tailbone) pivot downwards (inferior) toward the feet.
Extension- The body elongates, narrows, and the limbs roll toward the midline of the body. The occiput and sacrum pivot, upwards (superior), towards the head.
Meninges: Three layers of connective tissue which surround and support the brain and spinal cord. It is the main transportation highway for cerebrospinal fluid.
Release: A release occurs when restrictive tissue patterns relax allowing function to be restored to that area.. Some other examples include: softening and lengthening of tissue, release of heat, face flushing, deep breath, muscle twitches, emotional reaction, or rapid eye movement.
Somato-Emotional Release: As described on www.upledger.com, "SER is a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma". SomatoEmotional Release bridges emotional and physical dysfunction which may be interfering with the normal function of the craniosacral system, thus facilitating complete resolution of previous trauma."
Energy Cyst: Negative energy from emotional or physical trauma becomes embedded in the tissues and, over time, creates dysfunction in the body.
Inner Physician: Your inner physician is that part of you that knows everything about your body, past and present. It is a major component of craniosacral therapy as we often engage the inner physician to help guide the session. As a craniosacral practitioner, I act as the Inner Physician's assistant.