Craniosacral therapy (CST) is one of the therapeutic approaches I found very helpful on my inner journey. I was honored to work with Marcin Pochojka, a certified therapist of the International Upledger Institute and one of the most qualified craniosacral therapists in Poland. Today I am very happy to present you his insight into what craniosacral therapy is and for who it could be helpful. You can also find here an answer to a question of how CST session looks like. Leave a comment or send me an email if you have any questions to Marcin!
A bit of theory
Craniosacral therapy is a body therapy technique originates from osteopathy. The main point is a body as an integrated whole where everything has an influence on everything so every single element is as much important as others. CST defines health as the balance of liquids which manifests itself through movements inside and outside of the body. It means the circulation of the liquids and physical ability of a client to move. The most important liquid in craniosacral therapy is cerebrospinal fluid. Therapists work with it to have an impact on the human nervous system and that’s the way to improve the physical and emotional condition.
How does a therapy session look like?
During a therapeutic session, a client lies on a mattress being gently touched to manipulate the cerebrospinal fluid. The rule is the softer touch, the more sense of safety and better access to tensions and traumas coded on deeper levels of the body. Some therapists additionally talk with their clients during sessions to empower the effects through sharing the emotions. The dialog between a therapist and a client is based on three rules: patience, respect to different perspectives on life and no judgment.
More advanced therapists use also a silence point in their work – it’s about a state when the cerebrospinal fluid slows down during talking about something important for the process of healing. This work lets release blockers on the conscious and subconscious level and gets rid of them from the body memory.
Craniosacral therapy could be provided by osteopaths, therapists like psychotherapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, but also doctors and midwives after qualification. If you want to start craniosacral therapy in the most effective way (with talking and using the moment of silence), pay attention to professional experience of a craniosacral therapist before you pick one.
For who craniosacral therapy could be helpful?
CST is an effective way of therapeutic work for everybody who feels a need to change the physical condition of their body because of any pain or discomfort and for those who struggle with difficult emotions. It is helpful in healing variety of somatic and mental health dysfunctions. It has been proved to treat people in different age ranging from newborns to elders, with different goals like for example sportsman recovery after injuries or healing emotions after traumatic events.
A blog of Marcin Pochojka (in polish) – pochojka.pl
Emotional recovery through bodywork – an interview with Kasia Kamińska – kasiamay.com/blog/emotional-recovery-through-bodywork/