B1.8.0 – Fundementals of Cranio Sacral Treatment Approach

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Every interaction that occurs between a cranio sacral therapist and the person you are treating follows the same general outline.

❍ Tuning in to yourself and then the patient
Tuning in means being open to receive whatever the person’s system wants to reveal to you. Tuning in is making yourself available for communication.

It is important to approach the person with as little going on inside yourself as possible. Our thinking is often unconscious to us. We need to tune into ourselves (make it conscious) to see what is going on in there before we approach another.

As we tune into ourselves we can drop as much tension in our bodies and unnecessary thinking as possible. Once we have
made a ‘blank slate’ of ourselves we can then approach the person and tune in to them.

❍ Following the body
This is giving the body the space in which to move and the sensitivity to follow it.

❍ Holding Against Restrictions
Following is important but it will be pointless if the therapist doesn’t identify the restriction and hold against them at the right time.

❍ Waiting for Release
It is vital to allow the body time to release in. You may find yourself in an awkward position or just get bored, but you must wait on the body, trusting that it will release.

❍ Following through
Following through is continuing to follow the dance once the release has occurred. It means avoiding just plonking the limb or whatever part of the body you are working on, back on the table when you are finished.

❍ Reassessing
This means standing back and looking at the bigger picture in the light of the new release you have helped to achieve. What difference has it made? What does that difference prompt you to do next?

The above goes on in the larger scale of the whole treatment program, in each session, in each technique and in each release within each technique.

So the fundamental cranio sacral treatment approach is

❍ Tuning in to yourself and then the person
❍ Following the body
❍ Holding against Restrictions
❍ Waiting for Release
❍ Following through
❍ Reassessing

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