Fascia massage? Craniosacral technique can not be considered exactly a massage.
Massage and Craniosacral technique are both a set of manual manipulations performed in various parts of the body. In a massage, manipulations can be kneading, pressing or rubbing with a certain rhythm and intensity, made directly on the skin with a sliding medium.
In Craniosacral technique the corporal work is done with clothes, being the manipulations a series of very soft palpations destined to locate the restrictions of the fascial system movement and to release them through very light pressures and stretches to relax the fascial tissue.
The manipulative force applied in the Craniosacral technique is 5-10 grams, relatively little compared with other techniques that use more strength.
The skull has a subtle movement that is transmitted to the whole body.
Sutherland, founder of the Craniosacral Technique, discovered that the skull bones are not fused, but they move and this movement has a significant physiological importance. He observed that there are membranes that join the bones of the skull and they are part of a joint system formed from the skull to the sacrum by the meninges and cerebrospinal fluid.
This structure has a subtle movement that is perceived with a frequency of 6 to 12 times per minute, and it is transmitted throughout the body through the spinal cord, and this in turn as a wave to all body structures through the fascia.
Craniosacral system includes this movement, called primary breathing, but also the relations of the fascial and visceral connective tissues of the human body.
What is fascia?
Fascia is a connective tissue that envelops all bodily structures. It is like a second skin and therefore the whole organism is interconnected through them. Almost all of us have seen a fascia. A fascia, for example, is the almost transparent cell that wraps the chicken behind the skin.
An intricate network
Fascias are characterized by their continuity from one area to another, reaching even all the cells of the organism in a complex but unified and unitary system. From the point of view of structural integration, fascia forms an intricate, coextensive frame with the body and basic for it, for our well-being and functioning.
Therefore, when fascial system is not in equilibrium, the optimal development of the body will be affected. Before a restricted fascial system we can find changes in the structure and function of an organ as well as repercussions on the body structure.
Benefits of this technique
Since it balances the functioning of the Autonomic Nervous System, Craniosacral Technique is very useful in conditions related to stress, such as gastritis and colitis, as well as in sleep disorders. It has also been used effectively in disorders of general health conditions since craniosacral system is closely related to the nervous, musculoskeletal, vascular, lymphatic, endocrine and respiratory systems.
It can influence, and at the same time be influenced by these systems.
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