Gentle medical treatment derived from cranial osteopathy basing its principles on the mobility of cranial bones, the meninges and the fluid surrounding them (CSF or cerebrospinal fluid).
Craniosacral therapy founded in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917), has its roots in osteopathy. Still was the first to recognize the primordial importance of the brain organism and particularly the cerebrospinal fluid. Around 1900 Dr. William Garner Sutherland (1873-1954), a student of Dr. Still, became very aware of the rhythmic movements of the skull. These rhythmic movements are palpable throughout the body. Free circulation of cerebrospinal fluid allows the nervous system, muscles, fasciae, organs, bones and all tissues of the human body to communicate optimally. The different qualities of the cranial rhythmic impulse (CRI) also give information on the state of the organism at all its levels: tensions, malfunctions and structural modifications in the nervous system, and the fascias in organs, muscles and linked to the bones.
Therapists can feel this rhythm with their hands and thus give the body a gentle impulse to find a new balance and start its self-healing powers.