Craniosacral Bodywork

More about the history of the craniosacral pulsation...
Pulsation is considered as sign of life and provides, for example as respiration or blood pressure, information about the state of the whole organism. The cranio-sacral pulsation is a less known vital sign, which was first found in the head (cranium) and the sacrum.

The osteopath William Sutherland, a student of Dr. Andrew Still, discovered this pulsation in the beginning of the 20th century. He discovered that the single cranium bones of a healthy person are not grown together at their contact points—the cranial sutures—but that they are jointed connections which move to each other. William Sutherland felt a pulsation and realized that the position and freedom of movement of the cranial bones have effects on the functions and structure of the body.

Our whole organism swings in one rhythmic movement, comparable to ebb and flow, in a frequency of 8 to 12 cycles per minute. Most of the explanatory models look for a trigger at the cranium and the central nervous system (CNS). A model which explains the expansion of a wave movement to body regions far from the CNS, is the steering method of the Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure. CSF is a clear fluid that is produced and transported in its own canal system through the CNS. It washes around the brain as well as the spinal cord and is finally admitted to the blood circulation. Many functions are attributed to this brain fluid: it cushions concussions, cleans the brain from metabolic products, brings nutrition to the spinal cord and according to latest scientific findings, it serves as the transport of information which controls vital processes such as appetite, sleep and sexuality.
The English osteopath Solihin Thom considers the brain (and body) fluid as a “mediator” between the internal characteristics of a person and the outward appearance. From this point of view symptoms and discomfort are helpful signals and forces that support humans in developing our own selves and allowing us to live out what we are in the innermost part of ourselves.

Katharina Kössler 2011. Fotos by Daniel Nuderscher