Cranial sacral therapy (CST) is a kind of soft and non-invasive tactile palpation therapy. It can change the flow rhythm and flow of cerebrospinal fluid by touching different parts of the human body’s central axis cranial sacral system, directly regulate the functional state of the brain and spinal cord, and restore normal contact and natural movement between the central nervous system and other systems of the body.
颅骶疗法（Craniosacral Therapy, CST） 是一种轻柔的非入侵式的手法触诊疗法，通过触摸人体中轴颅骶系统的不同部位，改变脑脊液的流动节律和流量，直接调节脑和脊髓的功能状态，使中枢神经系统与身体其他系统恢复正常联系和自然运动，可用以评估（诊断）和修正（治疗）人体中轴颅骶系统的失衡和约束，治疗机体的多种疾病和创伤，以及解除情感或心理的困扰。
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a kind of soft and non-invasive tactile palpation therapy. It can change the flow rhythm and flow of cerebrospinal fluid by touching different parts of the human body’s central axis craniosacral system, directly regulate the functional state of the brain and spinal cord, and restore normal contact and natural movement between the central nervous system and other systems of the body, It can be used to evaluate (diagnose) and correct (treat) the imbalance and restriction of human axial craniosacral system, treat various diseases and trauma, and relieve emotional or psychological distress.
颅骨由 27 块骨和 67 个关节组成。借骨缝咬合连接。骨缝关节被结缔组织紧密地固定在一起，但确实存在的运动有利于骨缝的开放和移动性。骨缝的作用在于使颅骨适应脑脊液流量的变化。
The skull consists of 27 bones and 67 joints. Occlusal connection by bone suture. The suture joint is tightly fixed by connective tissue, but the movement is beneficial to the opening and mobility of the suture. The function of suture is to make skull adapt to the change of cerebrospinal fluid flow.
In humans, the brain and spinal cord float in the cerebrospinal fluid. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is filtered out from the choroid plexus in the ventricle and passes through the brain and spine, playing the role of circulation, buffering and providing nutrition. In the arachnoid villi, the blood circulation is reabsorbed. The expansion and contraction of the skull adapts to the pulse like movement caused by the filtration and absorption of cerebrospinal fluid. With the increase and decrease of internal pressure, cerebrospinal fluid flows from one part of the brain to another part, and the surrounding bones expand (Flex) and contract (stretch). Flexion refers to the bending and folding of the skull, and extension refers to the straightening and opening. The movement between skulls and the rhythmic flow pattern of cerebrospinal fluid have been confirmed. The brain pulse or rhythm is different from the fluctuation of heart or respiratory movement.
使用稳定、缓慢而微小的力量作用于包绕大脑和脊髓的结缔组织，可以促进粘稠介质流向更大的地方。更小的力（不超过 5 分硬币的力）可以获得更大的效果。不要试图修复什么，轻微接触或意念，都可以达到效果。实际上是使顾客自己调动自身的治疗能力。确定受损部位以后，使用堆叠技术或仅仅通过触诊，达到使双手刚刚接触到障碍处的状态，等待几分钟使放松开始，允许机体组织按其自我方向运动已达到效果。也许有多种障碍（三维空间的结构）能更迅速的完成放松。每一点大约 5 分钟时间就够了。
Using a steady, slow and small force on the connective tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord can promote the flow of viscous media to larger areas. Smaller forces (no more than 5 cents) can achieve greater results. Don’t try to fix anything, a little touch or thought can achieve the effect. In fact, it is to enable customers to mobilize their own treatment ability. After determining the damaged part, use stacking technology or only touch to make the hands just touch the obstacle. Wait for a few minutes for relaxation to begin, and allow the body tissue to move in its own direction. There may be a variety of obstacles (the structure of three-dimensional space) to complete the relaxation more quickly. About five minutes at each point is enough.
Craniosacral therapy in children
Mild craniosacral therapy can be used to treat common infant and child problems. By gently relaxing the tension of the body and nervous system, your child can feel and play at its best. It also has a sedative effect and can be beneficial to sleep, digestion and mood. Just like adults, infants and children can suffer physical and mental harm. Childbirth, falls, bumps and bruises can cause minor or even severe trauma to children, and sometimes unexplained crying, sleep or indigestion, and behavioral problems may be the only way your child can communicate that something is bothering them.
婴儿的绞痛、母乳喂养和睡眠困难、发育迟缓、畸形或扁平头（头颅畸形）可能会让父母感到担忧。颅骶疗法可以极大地缓解其中一些症状。它还可以帮助早产儿的身体和神经系统更好地调整。在年龄较大的儿童中，脊柱侧弯、扁平足、笨拙和懒散的姿势等姿势问题以及 DNS 会产生很大的不同。
The baby’s colic, breastfeeding and sleep difficulties, stunting, deformity or flat head (head deformity) may cause concern for parents. Craniosacral therapy can greatly relieve some of these symptoms. It can also help the body and nervous system of premature infants adjust better. In older children, posture problems such as scoliosis, flatfoot, clumsy and lazy posture and DNS can make a big difference.
Craniosacral therapy for the elderly
As we grow older, our bodies often become more and more uncomfortable, especially when we have experienced multiple injuries, surgeries or health problems. Our bodies will become more rigid and painful, and our daily functions will decline. Craniosacral therapy is a mild treatment that helps restore elasticity and blood flow to your tissues, old or new, deep and superficial. This helps to restore or maintain optimal function and ultimately helps to maintain independence.
Our brains are also affected because concussions, neck injuries and other health conditions in our lives can lead to a decline in brain function. Memory loss, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can take away the fun of old age.
Craniosacral therapy and physical therapy can help reduce the limitations of our body and nervous system, and improve the circulation of the brain. Physical exercise can improve cognitive ability.
1. Try to be quiet and prepare for these subtle movements. You can do meditation, breathing or other movements.
2． 有微小的不超过 5 分镍币的力量或更小。
2. Have a tiny nickel power of no more than 5 cents or less.
3… If your body is very tense or tight, you can’t feel the subtle changes of customers, so you must adjust yourself to the most comfortable and relaxed position.
4. Use the strength of the whole body to adjust the rhythm of yourself and the customers, make clear what is the rhythm of fascia, bony joints or restricted activities that you want to relax, and adjust the posture according to the restricted areas. Ensure that you can relax and move a part continuously.
5. Understand the anatomical structure of the palpable part and guide the operation.
6. The signs of tissue relaxation are the feeling of softening or lengthening, getting hot, shaking, being accepted or rejected.
7. Adjust your breathing well, and give breathing hints to customers (continuously relax breathing), which can increase customers’ perception. Exercise suggestion (stretching, deep breathing) can reduce the tension of customers and help relieve the limitation of craniosacral system.
Ways to relax
1： Methods: diaphragmatic and sacral relaxation
1: Pelvic diaphragm: the client lies on his back, the therapist stands on his side, puts the palm close to the client’s head behind the sacrum, covers the pubis with the upper palm, and both thumbs up. It is used for diseases of waist, sacrum, lower abdomen and genitourinary system.
2. Breathing diaphragm: the posture is the same as above, put the hand high into the customer’s head on the 12th thoracic vertebra, and the upper hand on the xiphoid process of sternum.
It is used in the lower part of chest, upper part of abdomen (liver, gallbladder, stomach, lower part of lung), waist and psoas major.
3. Upper chest: the lower hand is placed on the seventh cervical vertebra, and the upper hand covers the sternoclavicular joint and points downward from the sternum to the heart. For lung diseases, neck, shoulder, upper limb muscle and bone diseases, promote lymphatic reflux.
4. Hyoid diaphragm: the lower hand is placed on the second and third cervical vertebrae, and the upper hand is placed on the hyoid bone (let the customer swallow, observe the movement of the laryngeal knot, and see the hyoid bone). For neck diseases, headache, throat diseases, and temporomandibular joint diseases.
Relaxation of dural canal
Standing or sitting comfortably at the treatment table, facing the client’s pelvic area, slide your hand close to the client’s leg in the sacrococcygeal region and shake the client’s body, while placing the palm of the other hand under the neck to support the second and third cervical vertebrae. With this slide and the undulation of the skull, which moves slowly back and forth like a pendulum, always pay attention to any part that is discontinuous, does not move, or has a different swing amplitude from other parts.
Listen and follow the craniosacral rhythm to find a resting point
The surgeon sits on an adjustable rotating stool while the client lies on the treatment table. The surgeon sits on the client’s head, puts his thumbs behind the client’s ears, wraps his palms around the client’s neck, and gently shakes his head. When passing through, both hands sink gently in the massage table to match the rhythm of the customer’s head up and down, and relax enough to cushion the weight of the head. Let a slightly changed sense of mind fill or empty your body. If you already feel a kind of movement, please “surf” in this kind of head shaking, that is, swing your body slightly with this kind of slight movement. If you don’t feel the sensation of muscle movement, think about the full or empty wave motion in your heart and let yourself follow the wave motion of feeling or imagination. When the fluctuation of the head stops, the customer will spontaneously appear a static point without any interference, and the fluctuation of cerebrospinal fluid stops. After that, the movement will become calm, symmetrical and vigorous.
为了诱发一个静止点，可以轻微的抵抗头颅充满或排空中的一相，这要基于局部的解剖。当屈曲（充满）头部时，感觉枕部是不是略微变宽了。当伸展（排空）时，是否感觉枕部变窄。你在枕部下面的手有被推开的感觉，继而阻力会减小。从阻力减小到下次阻力最大的时间里，始终保持 5 克以下的轻柔压力，稍等片刻，你会感觉到：1。觉得枕部似乎变窄了，——然后让其继续变窄并再次等待。2。你会感到该部位出现有节奏的紊乱和“颤动”，——你只需保持现状而不管是否出现阻力。3。也许你没有感觉发生任何情况——继续等待，维持现状。等待一小会或几分钟以后，就会感觉颅骶波动了。此时枕部在屈曲时变宽，你会感觉到有种推力在对抗你的拇指。继续这个动作再次仔细倾听，节律会变得更加匀称、平滑、持续而平衡。如果没有出现变宽或变窄的波浪，想象顾客的身体仿佛充满或变窄的摇摆时的情况。持续你内在的推理以增大诱发静止点的几率。
In order to induce a resting point, it can slightly resist one phase of the head filling or emptying, which is based on the local anatomy. When flexing (filling) the head, feel whether the occipital part is slightly widened. When stretching (emptying), whether you feel the occipital narrowing. Your hand under the pillow feels pushed away, and the resistance decreases. From the time when the resistance decreases to the next time when the resistance reaches the maximum, always maintain a gentle pressure of less than 5g. Wait for a moment, you will feel: 1. Feel as if the pillow has narrowed – then let it continue to narrow and wait again. 2。 You’ll feel rhythmic turbulence and “tremor” in that area – you just need to stay where you are, regardless of resistance. 3。 Maybe you don’t feel anything happening – keep waiting, keep the status quo. After waiting for a short time or a few minutes, you will feel the cranial sacral wave. At this point, the occipitum widens as it flexes, and you feel a push against your thumb. If you continue this action and listen carefully again, the rhythm will become more symmetrical, smooth, continuous and balanced. If there are no widening or narrowing waves, imagine the situation when the customer’s body seems to be full or narrowing. Continue your inner reasoning to increase the probability of inducing a quiescent point.
Focusing on one or more specific parts of the mind to relieve or relax the blocked tissue is known as delivering “love” to a specific location. The purpose is to activate the natural therapeutic response of customers. The way to practice is to place your hands on both sides of the restricted tissue and imagine therapeutic energy flowing on both sides of the tissue. Expand the index finger and middle finger into a “V” shape, and press them on two pieces of bone close to a bone seam. The direction of energy can be applied to any limited area, fascia, cerebrospinal rhythm and bone suture activity.
There are some nerve endings with proprioceptors in the cranial suture, which are the key to connect the cranial suture with the production rate of cerebrospinal fluid. Pulling apart all the sutures that connect the skull – even a tiny bit of space for movement – allows the self-healing rhythms of the brain and spinal cord to emerge more freely.
首先要弄清要按摩的骨缝和邻近骨骼的解剖知识，为了把骨缝的空间拉宽，手摇津贴顾客的头部有意识的施加 5 克以下的作用力，拇指和其余四指轻轻的牵拉骨缝以对抗结缔组织的抵抗力。使双手的位置正确，以保证把目标骨从邻近的一块（或多块）骨前拉开是不会压缩其他骨缝。在某些点你可以感觉到当骨头向不同的方向轻微移动时，有某些保持牵拉的推力与你施加的有意识的作用力相左。随着这个移动，当停下来时，向一个确定的方向继续你的牵拉。
First of all, we need to understand the anatomical knowledge of the bone seam to be massaged and the adjacent bones. In order to widen the space of the bone seam, we should consciously apply a force of less than 5 grams to the head by hand, and gently pull the bone seam with the thumb and the other four fingers to resist the resistance of connective tissue. Position your hands correctly to ensure that pulling the target bone away from the adjacent bone will not compress other bone seams. At some points, you can feel that as the bone moves slightly in different directions, there is a push that keeps pulling away from the conscious force you are exerting. With this movement, when you stop, continue your pull in a certain direction.
1. Frontal suture relaxation method
Place the middle finger and / or ring finger in the depression at the end of the customer’s eyebrows and the position of the eye socket for petition. Imagine in your mind that your fingers have a magnetic force that pulls the bone up. To the front (skyward)