Full Body Release Postgraduate Workshop, Aug 06, Brisbane.

As adults we are no longer physically held in the way we were as
children. Full body release is a technique that holds us like a baby.
A team of cranio sacral therapists tune into a patient and literally
pick them up as they provide complete support for their system.
When provided with intentioned gravity-free support, our bodies
begin to release deep, full body patterns.

Wonderful and beautiful as it is, this is a technique that is used infrequently in practice as the logistics involved are prohibitive. A minimum of six cranio sacral therapists is required to make up a team. When each therapist has a busy practice this is not easily organised.

I use full body release as a post graduate workshop because it is an excellent tool for helping cranio sacral therapists gain a deeper sense of whole body patterns. They can take this knowledge back to their practice where it informs their one to one patient work.

Each participant at the workshop takes a turn leading a team and being a patient. At the beginning of the process the ‘patient’ is surrounded by the therapeutic team.
The team leader begins to tune into the patient’s cranio sacral system and calls in the other therapists as they are needed.

As the patient’s system begins to release and unwind it stretchs out. The team follow this and give support as the patient becomes airborne.

My role in the process is to monitor the patient and team and offer assistance where needed.

The patient’s body goes through and intricate ballet of movement that the therapeutic team must keep up and follow accurately, holding as the patient’s system releases. Like a big piece of cellophane that has been scrunched up for years, once given the right support, it begins to unravel.

There is continual communication between the lead therapist and the patient.

The process feels timeless but eventually draws to a natural close and the patient returns to the ground. Their system is settled by the lead therapist and the team takes a well earned rest. We then go through a debriefing process where we assess the effectiveness of the team.

What sketching is to artists, full body release is to cranio sacral therapists. It gives them a chance to deepen their palpatory skill and get a broader sense of full body patterns. When they return to their practices and are once again working alone with their patients, the benefits of the full body release seminar are evident.

The main feedback I get about this seminar from the therapists is how much more they can feel in their patient’s body.

2 comments

  1. Dear John,
    Thanks for sending the link so that I can access Cranio Source. I am a midwife since 1985. Previously studied philosophy in UCD.Now work privately with breastfeeding mothers and babies and also in hospital in Dublin’s National Maternity Hospital. Send many babies for cranio treatment. Am very exhausted with my hospital work and feel that I could develop as a cranio, leave the hospital and continue to work with babies who feed at the breast. Don’t know if I would be good.
    Have been a meditator with a Buddhist tradition for 25 years. Can relate to Chi Gung practices. Have looked at your faqs.
    I like what you say about your own experience as a cranio because it sounds very honest. Any major tip on how to discern if one would be good at the practical hands on ability? Feeling what is under the skin is what daunts me and needing to be right /do no harm very important. having the confidence to know what is not aligned.
    Would appreciate your comment.
    Kind regards,
    Catriona Mc Carthy

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