I have been casually studying and incorporating Craniosacral Therapy, the work of Dr. Upledger, into my Massage Practice for 20 years. Craniosacral Therapy belongs to a unique family of massage modalities. After my episode with a “frozen shoulder” recently I retired from deep muscle-work and have actively pursued my education in CST.
Most manual modalities are very technique-oriented. The therapist assesses the situation, and then applies a technique to help address it. This was true for me as well but I have always been interested in the healing arts and the spirit-soul-body connection. I’d say historically speaking I’ve infused western-style massage with a more esoteric, spiritual healing intention.
While CST can be done as technique, at its core it is much more of a process-oriented modality. The work is about following and supporting the healing process of the client and their inner wisdom.
What I personally bring to the treatment session is a sense of our Creator’s wisdom and how that flows through my hands. How it is received is the work and intention of the client/recipient.
The therapist does this not by doing anything, but by being a witness and being present in the moment with what is happening in the body, systems and fascial tissue. The therapist acts as a resource to the client’s inner wisdom, and the body heals itself, it was created to do so. CST is much more about being with than it is about doing to.
Impartial: They do not take sides, especially between the part of the client that wants to heal and the part that is reluctant to make a change.
Nonjudgmental: Have no judgment of the client no matter what issues are brought up.
Ego-subordinated: The session is about the client, not the therapist.
Unconditionally present: Paying attention in the moment, as best one is able.
Infinitely patient: Release will occur when it is ready, not before.
While I don’t claim to be an “ideal therapist” my intention is to be in the moment, respecting the clients process, and bring who I am gifted to be as an individual to each session with the intention of creating a safe place and of seeing the client receive healing.