First and foremost, there is nothing new under the sun, but the old pursued. Everything has been done, and recycled and reused in some form or fashion, or physics of the quantum kind. I claim to have invented nothing, and have gratefully stood upon the shoulders of those that came before me.
That being said, the very first time I saw Craniosacral Therapy (CST), I was not interested. I thought it was boring and hocus-pocus. I now recognize it has an amazing power, place and space in the realm of bodywork and healing. In today’s day and age, I see that as a niche market, and find many people incapable of receiving such gentle adjustments, or a rare therapist with the power and skill to fully affect the general populace.
All credit and honor go to Weaver, Sutherland, Upledger, and every Cranial-naut that has studied the cranium, its far reaching effects, and sought to share that with others. It is important to honor the hub of the human nervous system as it is the Central Procession Unit of the human being, and yet, very few modalities and therapists fully do. Many admit that their studies left the cranium out, or they actually have no idea how to touch the cranium. There are some who think they do know, but from my perspective, actually have no clue.
Cranials Holding Space Seminar IS NOT CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY, and yet is potentially a modality all of its own, with tons of notes, scribbles, diagrams, and ideas lingering out of the reach of the public. Where Cranials succeeds is getting people, clients, and therapists to recognize the importance of the cranium, AND it being included into any modality. In fact, that is a challenge. Find a modality, any modality, and the Cranium can be integrated (and should be!) from massage, to chiropractic, to movement therapy.
It is interesting to see the growing awareness around the importance of the cranium despite years of study by Osteopaths and Craniosacral Therapists. The growing paradigm of intrigue and people admitting they know nothing to very little about the cranium is truly exciting, and the human cranium is a High Priority structure that deserves to be recognized. It is important! Breath starts here, proprioceptions ends there, and so many things affect the rest of the entire body that live in and around the cranium.
Cranials Holding Space Seminar teaches one how to properly touch the Cranium. This enable the therapist to begin to recognize what is “Normal” and what is “Abnormal,” and to recognize one’s own therapeutic boundaries for when to refer out to a more experienced practitioner. From this training of Neural Palpation, Cranials transitions this awareness to the entire body expanding any therapists ability to listen to the body.
Deep listening can become an invaluable tool in assessment and treatment. Vision, Range of Motion, Manual Muscle Testing, and all Orthopedic Assessments can be enhanced by a good sense of touch. Many are trained to touch and give stimulus to the body. In Cranials Holding Space Seminar, we retrain that style of touch and actually provide the therapist with the ability to feel more. It is neuroscience.
The class is overloaded with information with a goal to initiate (or reinvigorate) one’s interest in the human cranium, its connections, and the importance of touch, but at the same time not overwhelm the students. There are techniques that can be used immediately through the weekend and straight into the work week, and enough information, and teases, to entice a potential lifetime path of study into and down the rabbit hole of the cranium and human nervous system.
The class has been critiqued to bring a glue to all of one’s knowledge and bridge gaps about the human being, while also being said to be what we were supposed to learn before we went out and learned how to fix people with advanced modalities.