One more useful modality for a Medical Massage Therapist. It reaches deeper inside the body than other modalities, and it affects the brain and spinal cord indirectly and therefore impacts all nerves. Powerful stuff.

I use this for specific medical issues like concussion, whiplash, memory impairment with a history of physical trauma, migraines, and when nerves are implicated by changes in sensation or muscle loss and pinch point work is not getting results – the cause must be deeper, more central.

One specific component that was recommended during class for “when you don’t have time to do the whole Craniosacral process”, is the Sub-Occipital-Release. That I do quite often whenever there are problems with the neck and whenever the client has trouble relaxing, the nervous system that produces relaxation leaves the spine as soon as it can across many vertebrae to form ganglia from which the relaxation signals are sent. Any time the vertebrae are held tight together outside or inside, those nerves leaving the spinal cord get pinched and interfere with relaxation nerve impulses.

I used to see x-rays during emergency medical work, and something about brain x-rays caught my attention, what were those gaps outside the brain and below the skull? They had flat surfaces next to the brain. The doctors didn’t seem concerned by them. Craniosacral therapy helped explain it. What I saw was the flat surface of the tough wrapping that protects the brain, the Dura Mater. Due to trauma, as a fascial material, it had gone tight to protect the adjacent structures, the brain, BUT in these cases, it hadn’t softened again. Think about it, how are you going to get underneath the skull to relax something? The consequences were experienced inside the flat surface, that part of the brain was squashed, which would impair blood and central nervous system fluid from feeding that area fully and waste products would not be removed as quickly.

Seeing clients and their brain x-rays the symptoms matched, the function of each area of the brain is well-known. I’d blow up a balloon and draw on it a face and behind I’d draw the areas of the brain with the flattened Dura Mater and tell them what was affected in that area. So I focused more on brain functioning than the regular Craniosacral therapist.

I had a need to know more, my clients needed more so I ‘hit the books’ and figured out how to include the Dura Mater and structures even deeper, the Falx Cerebri (a vertical divider) and the Tentorium Cerebelli (to separate the Cerebellum from the rest of the brain).

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Paul Rice

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