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Craniosacral Resonance

In the stillness of this moment lays the wisdom of the body. Accessing stillnes opens the door to the forces of health and inner harmony. - Chintan Veet, founder of Craniosacral Resonance

CS Resonance is based on the findings and experience of William Garner Sutherland D.O., an American osteopathic physician and the founder of cranial osteopathy. In the early part of the 20th century, Sutherland became aware that the body expresses a subtle rhythmic pulsation driven by its own intrinsic forces. He noticed that this motion is present throughout life, from conception till death, and represents a direct expression of the inherent health of the human body. He called this tide-like motion primary respiration. Sutherland devised a new modality to enhance the action of primary respiration through a gentle manipulation of the body.

Towards the end of his life, Sutherland realized that primary respiration is an expression of a profound universal creative principle that he called the breath of life with its own intelligence and wisdom. This understanding gave him a totally different perspective on the nature of his therapeutic approach. Treatments were not anymore about doing something from the outside but rather about being, listening to and supporting the breath of life in its different expressions. From then on, accessing this inner wisdom and the forces at work within the human body in a soft receptive manner became the focus of his work. Following Sutherland’s later work, different osteopathic physicians contributed to the advancement of the breath of lifeapproach. It eventually became known as biodynamic craniosacral therapy when taught outside the osteopathic framework.

Craniosacral resonance is a biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy. It is rooted in the breath of lifeconcept and was developed by Chintan Veet after many years of clinical practice, inner exploration and prolonged meditation.

Craniosacral Resonance recognizes the holistic nature of the human body. It is based on the understanding that in a deep state of relaxation and trust, the human body can more readily access its own state of balance, inner peace and silence – all of which have a profound clearing and regenerative effect.

The intention of Craniosacral Resonance is to facilitate a clearer expression of primary respiration, our inherent health, and its life sustaining forces. With a gentle, tuned and specific positioning of the hands, the practitioner listens to and supports the forces of the breath of life in their different expressions, thus enabling the body to access its own clearing and regenerative resources.

Craniosacral Resonance is grounded in a solid knowledge of anatomy, physiology, embryology and modern neuro-biological and developmental findings.

 

Basic literature:

Chintan Veet (2014) “Study materials for the training in Craniosacral Resonance”,

Rollin E. Becker, D.O. (1997) “Life in Motion: The Osteopathic Vision of Rollin E. Becker”, Stillness Press LLC

Franklyn Sills (2011 and 2012) “Foundations in Craniosacral Biodynamics: Volumes 1 and 2”, North Atlantic Books.

Michael Shea (2007-2013) “Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Volume One – Five”, North Atlantic Books.

James Jealous – “The Biodynamics of Osteopathy in the cranial field” – audio materials

Craniosacral resonance has an impact on the physical, emotional and mental levels. It supports structural changes in the body. It leads to the relaxation of the body and mind and promotes well-being and vitality. It is effective in pain relief and different physical conditions as well as in both acute and chronic diseases. It offers a supportive frame when faced with emotional or psychological challenges, in moments of life crises, grief or loss and in times of transition or periods of self-discovery and growth.

Craniosacral resonance has shown to be beneficial in the following situations:

  • Pains of different origins: back, neck, headache
  • After prolonged or intense dental work
  • As preparation and support before and after surgery
  • As preparation and integration before and after childbirth
  • In birth related issues
  • Stress, hyperactivity, restlessness
  • Physical and emotional stress or shock states
  • Post-traumatic stress: after surgery, accidents, abuse or any situation someone experiences as life-threatening, when one easily experiences anxiety, a panic attack, a difficulty settling or hyper-sensibility
  • Lack of vitality, exhaustion, burnout
  • Autonomic nervous system imbalance: insomnia, digestive difficulties
  • Psychosomatic conditions: pain or discomfort for unknown reasons
  • As a way to slow down in the midst of a busy life schedule

Many people are discovering that Craniosacral Resonance has a positive effect on their sense of well-being and vitality or their ability to enjoy their daily lives. They are able to cope with everyday stress in a more positive way. It also serves a preventive function by strengthening the body’s immune resistance and improving the overall metabolism. Therefore most people benefit from Craniosacral Resonance even if they don’t come with a specific issue.

The number of treatments depends on the overall condition of the patient. In most cases, the situation already improves significantly after three to five sessions. Sessions usually takes place once a week. It is common that a marked improvement is already noticed after the first treatment. In cases of chronic diseases and serious injuries or conditions, a longer support time is usually required. When the initial conditions have improved, the frequency of treatments can then be reduced according to the needs of the person.

As Craniosacral Resonance is a very respectful, gentle and non-evasive modality, it is well suited for babies, children, the elderly and adults who are not able to receive more intensive therapies due to specific conditions.

Craniosacral Resonance can be very effective in supporting stomatological procedures. It improves the chances of success, ensuring a holistic understanding of the dental system and its connection to the rest of the body.

 The positioning of the teeth is influenced by the position of the different bones of the oral cavity, the skull and the adjacent structures or increased tension in the soft tissues. This can be due to local conditions or be influenced by physical or emotional tensions and imbalances in the rest of the body. In any case, it has a direct impact on chronic malocclusion (imperfect contact between the upper and lower jawbone), leading to discomfort, pain or temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

Also, conversely, conditions affecting the oral cavity and teeth have a direct effect on the rest of the body. These may be caused by the extraction of teeth, dental sealants, artificial teeth, braces, prosthesis, bridges, missing teeth or having dentures or plates in place.

Craniosacral Resonance has proved to be beneficial before and after dental treatments.

 

Before Dental Treatment

A craniosacral practitioner can bring significant improvements in occlusion (the correct closing of jaws and teeth) and the position of teeth by adjusting the craniosacral system, thus ensuring that subsequent dental or orthodontic work is performed on balanced structures. This ensures the lasting effect of dental work and prevents negative side-effects (pain, for instance), while simultaneously contributing to the overall health and well-being of the individual. It is also noteworthy to mention that Craniosacral Resonance can result in psychological support as preparation for invasive dental treatments.

 

After Dental Treatment

Craniosacral Resonance is very effective as a support during and after orthodontic treatments. Often extensive dental procedures tend to affect the balance of the different structures in the mouth and neck, leading to feelings of discomfort or even pain and movement restrictions in different parts of the body. Craniosacral Resonance can be applied to restore balance to the patient’s mouth, hard palate, mandibular joints and cervical soft tissues. This will contribute to the improvement of the patient’s overall comfort and sense of well-being.

Craniosacral Resonance during Pregnancy

From the moment of conception until postnatal recovery, women witness considerable changes in their bodies. The hormonal shift and the presence of a new being can bring physical and emotional challenges. It may affect the way mothers relate to their environment or bring a sense of concern or unease with this new situation. In these moments, Craniosacral Resonance can offer effective support to address these issues.

Touch is an essential aspect of our sense of physical and emotional well-being. It is especially important during pregnancy when the future mother is adapting to this changing situation. Studies have shown that pregnant women who receive a loving touch during pregnancy tend to more readily offer a loving touch to their infant. Craniosacral Resonance sessions are an ideal opportunity to experience a gentle, harmonious, loving and nourishing touch.

These sessions are empowering for pregnant women. It enables them to better understand their own bodies and brings them in contact with their developing child. Session work helps them to gently relax, let go of daily stress, effectively release tensions from unresolved physical or emotional conditions and establish a sense of balance and harmony between body and spirit.

An additional benefit of CS Resonance sessions is to prepare women for an optimal childbirth by improving the mobility and flexibility of the pelvis or lower back. During pregnancy, it eases or even prevents hip or lower back pain. It also helps the baby to find an optimal position. During the birth process, it helps the pelvis to more easily adapt to the shifts in positions and the natural widening of the pelvis.

CS Resonance sessions are also an opportunity for pregnant women to share their fears and concerns. Through an empathetic exploration, they can discover new resources as well as a sense of inner strength that enables them to address any issues with more clarity.

 

Craniosacral Resonance after Childbirth

After childbirth, Craniosacral Resonance sessions support the new mother in processing and integrating the experience of childbirth on both a physical and emotional level using touch and verbal communication.

On an emotional level, there is one aspect that is often overlooked. After birth, the attention once received by the mother is now naturally shifting towards the baby. This new being becomes the new focus. During these times, it is important to maintain a balance between nurturing and being nurtured.

CS Resonance sessions can offer essential support in this direction. This will eventually reflect on the whole family.

On the physical level, the focus of sessions after delivery is to regain the balance of the pelvis and spine and to rehabilitate muscles and soft tissues, especially following a Caesarean section or other forms of medical assistance. Session work also offers a frame during this early period of intensive childcare to explore ways in which the mother can recover strength and regain physical and emotional wellbeing

The treatment of babies and children is based on the same principles as the treatment of adults. The creation of a safe and supportive environment is of the utmost importance. One of the parents is always present during the sessions. Depending on age and the nature of the condition presented, the child may find it more difficult to settle at the beginning of a session. In these moments, play, storytelling or music can be very useful tools. Once children have adjusted to the situation, they often fall into a state of deep relaxation. Many parents are surprised to see their children calmed down in such a way. Children are very receptive beings. Their present condition is more malleable than later in life. Therefore, session work is shorter, lasting from half an hour to an hour, depending on the age and the level of trust at the time.

Craniosacral Resonance has been shown to be beneficial in the following conditions:

  • Complications at birth: Caesarean birth, vacuum extraction, breech position, invasive medical procedures
  • Babies who cry excessively for an extended period of time
  • Asymmetric growth and development
  • Vision difficulties
  • Emotional and behavioural instability: aggressiveness, introversion, etc.
  • Concentration difficulties, ADHS
  • Reading and perception difficulties