What is Craniosacral Fascial Therapy?
Craniosacral Fascial Therapy (CFT) is a gentle merging of the foundations of Craniosacral Therapy and Fascial Release work. Developed by Dr. Barry Gillespie, CFT focuses each technique on both the craniosacral and fascial systems simultaneously.
The fascia is a full body connective tissue web that can apply tremendous pressure to the nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels, muscles, organs, and bones. Releasing the fascial restrictions of the craniosacral system and total body allow for a freely moving brain and body parts, which has tremendous health benefits.
The basic principle of CFT is that the body knows best how to heal itself. As therapists, we use CFT to facilitate the body in healing itself. Our role is to notice where the body (specifically the craniosacral fascial system) is tight due to past injuries and/or trauma.
The human body has layers of fascial tension strain patterns and can be compared to the layers of an onion.
The Brain has to Breathe. The Fascia has to be Free.
Any time an injury occurs, your fascial system (which is wrapped around every single structure inside your body) can become restricted and locked into a pattern of dysfunction.
Even starting at birth and accumulating all through life, injuries create tilts and twists in the body that begin to compress soft tissue structures like nerves and vessels that carry blood and lymph. This is known as a strain pattern.
Techniques used in the Gillespie Approach (CFT) are intended to address strain patterns in the body, but more importantly, it addresses directly the effect a strain pattern has on the craniosacral system.
Once the craniosacral system is open and flowing, the body is better able to heal and balance itself.
What does it do?
CFT can optimize brain function and release fascial strain patterns, which can correct a multitude of conditions, a few examples being:
- Decreased cognitive abilities
- Sinus Headache
- Jaw Pain
- Neck Pain
- Sleep Issues
- Back Pain
- Menopause and so much more!