Mrs Joan Colling

Central Nervous System

Craniosacral System:

No aspect of our body has a greater effect on our health and well-being than the central nervous system and nothing impacts it more than the fluid and soft tissues that protect the brain and spinal cord otherwise known as the Craniosacral system. The bones of the skull and the spinal column are encased in a three-layered membrane system that is called the meninges. These membranes hold and protect the core of the central nervous system and a clear rich nutritional fluid called Cerebrospinal fluid that cushioning the brain and the spinal cord. The dura mater, the outermost meningeal layer forms a fluid barrier, creating a semi-closed hydraulic system. As the system’s fluid pressure rises and falls it creates the Craniosacral rhythm that is a subtle expansion and contraction that can be felt anywhere on the body by a trained Craniosacral therapist.

Tension in the Meninges:

The Craniosacral system is crucial to the overall functioning of the body as it houses not only the brain and spinal cord but the Pituitary and Pineal glands as well. These glands, in turn, regulate the entire endocrine system. Any form of restriction can adversely affect them and the central nervous system and every other system within the body. Stresses and strains of the day are absorbed by the body and stored in the tissues which can tighten. When the meningeal membranes cannot glide freely over one another or if their capacity for motion is at all restricted, the system is compromised and symptoms will appear. Sometimes it may take years for a structural problem to cause symptoms.

Traumatic injury, stress (physical or emotional), toxins in the body (environmental pollutants, drugs, etc.), prenatal problems and a difficult birth can all compromise the Craniosacral System.


Craniosacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John E Upledger, D.O. (1932-2012)

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