Craniosacral Therapy



Baby Bella ~ age 10 days
Craniosacral Therapy is a very gentle hands-on technique used to encourage calming of the nervous system. The craniosacral system includes the brain, spinal cord and surrounding tissues, all bathed in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Sari has studied and practiced Craniosacral Therapy techniques for 20 years.


Newsletter about The Long Tide in Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy and Occupational Therapy:


Sari's primary goal is to enhance the quality of life of those she treats.  Improving the fluid nutrition of the brain and spine helps increase energy and mobility.  By facilitating slowing in the nervous system, Craniosacral therapy is gentle and calming and decreases the effects of stress.  Craniosacral therapy helps clients heal from the inside out, leading to significant improvements in all aspects of life.

After all, life really is better when you feel better!


The Craniosacral System:


The Craniosacral system includes the brain, spinal cord, surrounding tissues (the meninges) and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)  produced in the brain and circulating throughout the system.  This system is a semi-hydraulic pump, from the brain to and from the end of the spine.  Variable rhythms of the CSF can be monitored and regulated, encouraging the body to heal, resulting in better overall wellness.  Biodynamic techniques accommodate the internal movement of the body’s fluids related to the organizing and ordering movements within the embryonic development.  In Biomechanical Craniosacral Therapy, the clinician uses techniques to follow movement of the bones and tissues.  Both techniques are very gentle and calming to the nervous system.  Sari is trained in both Biodynamic and Biomechanical Craniosacral Therapy.

A Safe Space for Healing:


Under stress, the capacity to connect the right and left hemispheres of the brain is diminished.  The emotional right hemisphere cannot communicate with the more logical left hemisphere.  Pre-verbal experiences can be difficult to integrate between the hemispheres.  A trained therapist acts as the left hemisphere through verbal dialogue, sequencing and maintaining present time in the session.  This way, the session is contained by the observation and tracking skills of the therapist.
Sari describes this phenomenon to her clients as 'Just dipping your toes into the edge of the pond, and not just plunging in.'

"Healing happens at the edge."  – Franklyn Sills


Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy: 


In the last six years of his life (1942-1948) Osteopathic Physician William Sutherland discovered principles that changed the way he treated his patients.  Sutherland used the term Primary Respiration to portray the fluid movement of the cranial bones.  Through what he called the dynamic stillness (found at the core of each person) he identified a self-generating source of healing called the Breath of Life.  He determined that a state of health is located within each of us and that we contain the innate knowledge and resources to help heal ourselves.  During therapy sessions, we are looking for the movement in the fluid body that has order and organization.  There is an intrinsic order (and self-organization intelligence in the system) that can bring order to tissues and compressed fluids.  Re-molding biodynamically is done by supporting change from the inside-out. 

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Dr. Sutherland spoke about the Breath of Life as a divine communicating force that can help the therapist access the patient’s inner health.  He perceived the Breath of Life as the palpable tidal movement of the fluids of the body.  Its origin is in the book of Genesis in the Creation story and is also in the folklore of many cultures.  Sutherland realized the importance of this work and his work shifted completely.  He began to recognize the reverence and awe in the stillness and he devoted his study and research to this in his final years. 

In Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, extensive study of neuroanatomy and embryology help to focus both the therapist and the patient on their fluid bodies and a sense of stillness.  Sari completed a 700 hour course in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and became a Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST®) in 2003.  Since then, she has completed 2 additional courses in Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy and acted as a teaching assistant for introductory and advanced courses in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy in the U.S. and Switzerland.  Creating a safe environment for healing is a primary goal for Sari Lewis in her practice.

Biomechanical Craniosacral Therapy:
In 1970, John Upledger, D.O. observed an unexplained rhythm during a spinal surgery.  When he attended a course in cranial osteopathy developed by William Sutherland, D.O.  a few years later, he learned that the cranial bones continue to move throughout a person's life, and do not fuse, as was previously taught.  He combined these two pieces of information to prove the concept of the semi-hydraulic Craniosacral system.  Over the next decade, he researched and developed a system of light touch to evaluate and treat dysfunction in the brain and spinal cord, and developed The Upledger Institute in Florida in 1985.  Dr. Upledger and his staff travel around the world to teach healthcare practitioners how to use these gentle techniques to enhance body functioning and help alleviate pain and discomfort.  Sari completed four Craniosacral Therapy courses through the Upledger Institute.
http://www.upledger.com

Excerpt from the “CranioSacral Success Secrets” newsletter available at:
http://www.CranioSacralSuccess.com.

Dr. John once asked me to craft his personal vision into a declaration for his teaching institute and clinic. After looking back at the impact of his decades of work, this became the essence of his vision statement: 
 
"People in every walk of life are learning, practicing and receiving
CranioSacral Therapy and complementary care that promote
their natural gifts of self-healing.
 
"They're feeling deeply honored and empowered by their ability to take their health into their own hands. And that growing awareness is leading to a greater integration of human beings in body, mind and spirit.
 
"The global community is softening with compassion
nurtured through genuine, caring touch."
 
I can still see Dr. John's face when I reflected his vision back to him for the first time. His eyes widened as he said, "That's it. That's why I do this work. It's all about empowerment and body-mind-spirit integration."


Sari blends biodynamic and biomechanical Craniosacral Therapy techniques (see definitions) in her practice, along with other gentle manual therapy techniques, creating an individual treatment plan for each patient's needs.