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One Hour of Craniosacral Therapy  In tune with the breath of life

A craniosacral therapist uses skills and different types of pressure in order to restore the body to its natural rhythm, calling on the body’s faculties to heal itself.

Did you know that we all have a rhythm, a sort of primal breath, that is inherent to our body and that we do not control? This is the precious breath of life, the ultimate tempo for our health and balance.

Aglaé Seilern is a bright and passionate craniosacral therapist who delivered me the keys to understanding craniosacral therapy, a method discovered by Dr. William Sutherland at the beginning of the 20th century.

At the end of the seventies, John Upledger, an American osteopath and researcher, first coined the term craniosacral therapy, and made it available to the public.

She told me how Dr. Sutherland discovered that rhythmic movements of cerebrospinal fluid are present in our entire body, from the cranium to the sacrum and including the spinal cord. This particular rhythm provides clues about the health of a patient. At the end of the seventies, John Upledger, an American osteopath and researcher, first coined the term craniosacral therapy, and made it available to the public.

A craniosacral therapist uses skills and different types of pressure in order to restore the body to its natural rhythm, calling on the body’s faculties to heal itself.

When I tried it for myself, Aglaé asked me to lie down on a massage table and, with a light pressure from her hands, started to feel different parts of my body.

By doing this she was able to explore the depths of my craniosacral rhythm. The deepest rhythm is the longest and also the most difficult frequency for a therapist to identify.

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The two other frequencies, the middle tide and the fluid tide, are more accessible. The bones of the cranium, the sacrum and the coccyx are strategic points to listen to this rhythmic beat. A free circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid allows the nervous system, the muscles, the fasciae, the bones, the organs and all the tissues of the body to properly function and communicate. However, past or recent physical trauma can alter this rhythm. In fact, some survival or compensatory mechanisms have settled in the body in order to respond to these aggressions, and as a result have created tensions that can alter the good functioning of the body in its natural balanced rhythm.

During the therapy, it is possible to feel a whole range of things: you may experience a sudden connection with your emotions, strong recollection of past memories, a sense of total mental and bodily piece, a renewed energy.

These areas of tension dictate where Algaé, or any craniosacral therapist, focuses their pressure. During the therapy, it is possible to feel a whole range of things: you may experience a sudden connection with your emotions, strong recollection of past memories, a sense of total mental and bodily piece, a renewed energy.

This therapy is also used as a complementary tool to help treat things like migraines, insomnia, chronic back pain, ADD, immune system disorders, and more.

In addition to the positive spiritual results you might experience from the treatment, this therapy is also used as a complementary tool to help treat things like migraines, insomnia, chronic back pain, ADD, immune system disorders, and more. There is even a specific craniosacral therapy aimed at helping babies and children. Alexandre Filmer-Lorch, another craniosacral therapist, references instances when doctors use the therapy for patients in need of palliative care, for a final sense of ease and comfort.

Craniosacral therapy is still considered an alternative medicine practice, and has not been recognized by the scientific community; however, this type of therapy is getting more popular and increasingly recognized as effective among holistic choices presented to patients.

Aglaë Seilern
55 Brixton Water Lane
London SW21PH
aglae@seilern.net

Alexander Filmer-Lorch
Alex@insidemeditation.co.uk
Web: www. insidemeditation.co.uk

Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre is a journalist and author.
«La médecine personnalisée, retrouver et garder la santé» (Odile Jacob) was published in March 2012 after two years of investigation and research with general practitioner Dr. Jean-Claude Lapraz.
«Se soigner toute l’année au Naturel» (Prat) was published in 2012 and has sold over 250 000 copies. Her latest book «Etre en Bonne santé toute l’année : 20 cures alimentaires»  was launched in April 2015.

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