Cranial Osteopathy for Adults, Children & Babies
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A new way of seeing how the human body functions began to arise in the work and empirical study of W G Sutherland in the early 20th century. After having a moment of insight into the possibility that the cranial bones may be designed for movement, Sutherland discreetly experimented on himself for 30 years before revealing the results of that study to his colleagues.
The movements he observed in the skull are part of a whole body polyrhythmic shape change. Treatment supports these movements to be expressed more freely and more fully, and to lessen the effects of imprinted patterns from events such as birth, accidents and injuries.
By gently supporting the tissues with handholds that access certain aspects of this system, we gain information about how the part is relating to the whole, how the part is being influenced by other parts, finding areas of density/lightness, deadness/vitality, fixity/movement and the direction of ease in the tissues towards the change that the body has the capacity to make at that time. We may also get a sense of where there is shock in the tissues, something that often stands in the way of tissues responding to treatment.
Generally treatment enables the person to access states of rest that can be a doorway to a therapeutic shift in their system. Treatment is usually experienced as relaxing and gentle - people often describe feeling lighter afterwards along with a change in their symptoms. Further change usually follows over the few days after the treatment.
Some osteopaths use cranial work as an adjunct to structural work, others use cranial work as their main modality.
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