Craniosacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch treatment that accesses core membranes in the body that affect the nervous system, with profound results. It focuses on the subtle, wave-like rhythm of your cranial (skull) and sacral (pelvic) bones as they pump cerebrospinal fluid around your brain and spinal cord. Other than the beating of your heart and inspiration and expiration of your lungs, the craniosacral rhythm is the most basic motion in your body. When this rhythm is in disharmony, it is due to tension and torsion of the wrapping of the brain and spinal cord, the dura mater, and this can effect the functioning of your body's nerve transmissions and neurohormones (endorphins, serotonins, etc).

People utilize craniosacral therapy to help:

Eliminate or reduce pain and headaches
Augment chiropractic spinal alignments
Unwind and release deeply held tension
Correct neurological imbalances from birth or head trauma
Realign the jaw joint and release the jaw muscles that cause TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain and bruxism (grinding of teeth) in tandem with dentists
Reduce tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Help newborns with colic and other adjusting disorders
Help children with ADHD, ADD, and autistic tendencies
Discover deeper insight into subconscious patterns of tension
Sleep more soundly

Why is Craniosacral Therapy so helpful and effective?

All the body's signals for life are directly or indirectly related to the nervous system. Even hormones are produced by special tissues that are derived from nerve tissue. The nervous system is made out of gel like substances that conduct electricity. This is called a "peizo-electric gel". When gels are torsioned, their ability to conduct electricity changes. Twisting, compression or stretching of this gel creates changes in the body's ability to communicate correctly with itself.

The reason why the cranium and sacrum (skull and pelvic areas) are so important to the function of your entire nervous system is because the wrapping of the brain and spinal cord, the meninges, attach via the toughest membrane to the pelvis and skull, but not much anywhere else in the spine. It becomes a tent-like aquarium for your central nervous system. If the stakes (the skull and pelvic bone moorings) are subluxated (locked down and/or out of place) the tent pulls on other far reaching areas. The craniosacral therapist very gently, with not much more pressure than it takes to lift a nickel, finds these stuck areas and begins to coax and unravel your entire craniosacral complex. As this occurs, you begin to feel more relaxed and rejuvenated, the body's vitality is increased and a higher state of health and well-being is achieved.

The craniosacral rhythm fluctuates between two phases called flexion and extension. When you are in a relaxed, untraumatized and balanced condition, your craniosacral rhythm is like a rolling wave as it accelerates out into the flexion phase, briefly pauses, and then rolls back into the extension phase, pauses again, and repeats 6 to 10 cycles per minute in symmetry on both sides of the body. If you are in a state of emotional, physical, or chemical trauma, the craniosacral rythm behaves in a pinched, reduced, and erratic way. Certain skull bones (there are 22 different bones in the skull, all with distinct movement patterns) will not flex, extend or rotate in the proper ways. Areas of dural tissue restriction will energetically pull and distort the waves, causing the craniosacral rhythm to be upset, uneven, and out of balance. This disharmony adversely affects the entire body.

About Sonia Foscoli, CMT - Craniosacral Therapist

Sonia began studying Craniosacral Therapy in 1996 through the Ursa Foundation and the Upledger Institute. Sonia has also studied Visionary Craniosacral Work TM with Hugh Milne of the Milne Institute. In 2008 she completed a five course mentor program and became certified in Biodynamic Cranial Touch TM taught by Charles Ridley. Sonia describes a Biodynamic Cranial Touch as " a session where the therapeutic force ebbs and flows through the body when the mind has settled into a quiet, relaxed state, allowing a re-establishment of health within all the body's systems by dissolving blockages and tension".

To schedule an appointment with Sonia Foscoli, CMT - Craniosacral Therapist, call our office in Berkeley, CA at (510) 843-2584