Cranial Sacral

Cranial Sacral can be described as gentle and subtle, and yet deeply profound. The therapist’s contact on the body is generally quite light, while they are assessing and listening to the innate movements and rhythms of different bones.

A natural movement pattern is smooth, fluid, symmetrical and balanced. In a disrupted state, the movements may feel heavy, stuck, lacking movement, or off balance. The therapist works to gently encourage the connective tissue surrounding the bones to respond and return to their natural pattern.


The connective tissue that is attached to the inside of the bones is, in most cases such as the cranium and vertebral column, directly connected to the nervous system. For this reason, subtle adjustments of these bones can have a profound effect on the rest of the body, and mind.

Disruption of the cranial rhythm may be caused by trauma, either to the head or other regions of the body. It could also result from disease or stress.

The brain and spinal chord are suspended in a fluid substance within the cranium and vertebral column. The fluctuations from the brain and spinal chord as they rhythmically pulsates back and forth within this system, govern the movement of the cranial bones, vertebrae, and limbs. This is essentially the cranial rhythm. The bones then respond by moving out of the way for the brain and fluid within this system. All bones and joints in the body respond to this pulsation, which is thought to originate by tiny smooth muscles throughout the body.