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Craniosacral therapy is a holistic, hands-on technique involving gentle manipulation of the bones of the skull, the underlying meningeal membranes, and the nerve endings in the scalp.

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Craniosacral therapy is a holistic, hands-on technique involving gentle manipulation of the bones of the skull, the underlying meningeal membranes, and the nerve endings in the scalp.

Cranial manipulation has existed as a therapy since the 1930s, when an American osteopath, William Garner Sutherland, first theorized that because the bones of the skull were not fused into a single piece but rather had seams and could be moved slightly, perhaps their manipulation could have some effect on a person's health. He then discovered that compression of the skull had an effect due to the pressure exerted on the cerebrospinal fluid that permanently surrounds and bathes the brain and spinal cord. He also postulated that this fluid has a natural, rise-and-fall rhythm of its own that an experienced hand can detect. He argued that the trained hand also could detect spots on the skull that cause points of restriction, leading to abnormal fluid rhythm. He believed that this irregular rhythm could lead to dysfunction and poor health.

Modern craniosacral therapists are trained to manipulate the meninges as well as the seams of the skull (and sometimes the bones of the face). These underlying meningeal membranes cover the brain and the entire length of the spinal cord, extending from the skull to the sacrum at the end of the spine. During a consultation, the practitioner usually will have the patient lie on a massage table and will palpate gently the patient's skull and spine. If the practitioner also is an osteopathic physician, a complete physical and case history is usually obtained before treating the patient. This touching is essential to the practitioner who must be able to "listen" with her hands to what is called the cranial rhythmic impulse. This pulsation is distinct from both the familiar cardiovascular pulse and the normal breathing rhythm. To the experienced practitioner, this pulse has a cycle of three seconds of inflow and three seconds of rest, averaging 10 cycles per minute. Interruption of the inflow by abnormal restrictions, such as from an injury, or by abnormal tension patterns may result in problems such as dizziness, migraine headaches, and sinus problems.




Sedona, AZ
 Sedona School of Massage

Sedona, AZ: Sedona School of Massage
Specialties: Massage, Swedish Massage, Integrative Massage, Connective Tissue Therapy, Bodywork, Myofascial, Shiatsu, Cranial Sacral, Kinesiology, Hydrotherapy, Homeopathy, Herbalogy 
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Sedona School of Massage is a full-service Arizona massage school nestled in the beauty of the Sedona, Arizona red rocks. Our 700-hour, five-month certification >> click for detailed page



Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA -- Milne Institute
School Summary: Milne Institute Inc. offers training which combines the analytic and the intuitive approaches to Craniosacral Work in a meditative setting.  Sacrum has its etymological root in "sacred" and originates from the Egyptian mystery schools of 1,500 BC. ....>> click for detailed page

Oakland, CA
McKinnon Institute of Massage

Oakland, CA  -- McKinnon Institute
Massage, Acupressure, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Bodywork
School Summary: This school has offered vocational education programs for students interested in acquiring the training and skills necessary for developing a professional massage practice....>> click for detailed page
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Big Sur, Milne Institute, 831-667-2326 -- Craniosacral

Davis, Massage Therapy Institute, 530-753-4428 -- Massage, Craniosacral Release, Reflexology, Myofacial, Bodywork

Mill Valley, Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing, 415-454-6651 -- Massage, Energy Healing, Acupressure, CranioSacral, Reiki, Thai Massage, Myofascial and Deep Tissue

Eurka, Milne Institute, 831-667-2325 -- Craniosacral

Nevada City, Milne Institute, 831-667-2327 -- Craniosacral

Palo Alto, Body Therapy Center, 650 328-9400 -- Acupressure, Massage, Craniosacral

Santa Monica, Milne Institute, 831-667-2324 -- Craniosacral

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Pompano Beach, FL

Pompano Beach, FL-- American Institute of Massage Therapy
Specialties: Massage, Neuromuscular, Aromatherapy, Craniosacral, Myofascial, Reflexology, Asian Bodywork, Sports Massage, Infant Massage, Prenatal Massage, Trager, Rolfing, and Hot Stone Massage.
School Summary: School Summary: The program consists of academic course work and supervised practice. It is designed to enable the student to become a highly skilled therapist, capable of working successfully in a variety of professional facilities and/or to become self-emplo...>> click for detailed page




















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Rutherfordton, Whole You School of Massage, 828-287-0955 -- Massage, Craniosacral Release

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