What is it?
Cranial therapy is manual medicine. Just as doctors listen to your heart and lungs with a stethoscope, practitioners of cranial therapy listen to your body’s movements and rhythms with their hands.
Our bodies expand and contract three-dimensionally, slowly and very minutely. This expansion and contraction is called the “cranial rhythm.” Like the circulatory and respiratory rhythms, the cranial rhythm maintains health and life. It exists before we are born and remains for a short time when we pass, even after the breathing and heart rate have stopped.
Cranial therapists listen with their hands to discover locations where the cranial rhythm and the natural movements of your body have been disturbed and diminished through trauma, disease, etcetera.
How cranial therapists work with their findings varies from practitioner to practitioner. Many practitioners use subtle manipulations to help resolve imbalances in the musculoskeletal system and your body’s cranial rhythm. This method of practice is generally referred to as a “Biomechanical” approach. Cranial therapists may also work in a “Biodynamic” way, listening and following your whole body’s rhythms and movements without employing adjustment or manipulation. These listening skills can support your body’s inherent healing ability to restore balance and health.
Cranial therapy addresses acute and chronic pain from physical, mental and emotional sources. It helps people of all ages – from new babies to those transitioning to death. Cranial therapy does not interfere with other therapies nor does it have any contraindications.