What is a “release” in the context of Craniosacral Therapy?

What is a “release” in the context of Craniosacral Therapy?

Simply stated, Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle hands-on treatment approach allows tensions deep in the central nervous system to release, so that it can function optimally. By doing this, it also helps every other system in the body relax and self-correct as needed. When doing Craniosacral work, a therapist may note to themselves, or mention to their client, that a “release” is happening somewhere in the body.  But what exactly do Craniosacral therapists mean when they talk about a “release?”

Within the Craniosacral paradigm, a “release” is described as a dissipation of a restriction somewhere within, or outside of, the Craniosacral system of the client. To the skilled Craniosacral therapist, this can feel like a softening and/or relaxation of the tissues of the body, which is noted when a particular technique has been successfully completed. While any change in tissue can signal that a release has occurred, are there several common “signs of release” which therapists typically note, including:

  • Softening of the tissues below the therapist’s hands – possibly resulting from a relaxation of central nervous system reflexes which have caused increased tissue tension
  • Lengthening of the tissues below the therapist’s hands – tissues return to their original dimensions as they move from elastic resistance to a more compliant state
  • Increased fluid flow – often perceived as an audible “gurgle” through any of the various ducts or vessels, particularly in the abdomen
  • Dissipation of heat
  • Deep breath taken by the client
  • Presence of a therapeutic pulse – a gentle pulse felt within the body of the client that is only present when a release is occurring, and diminishes when the release is complete

Craniosacral therapists use these signs of release as guiding factors in each treatment, helping them to determine when a particular technique is having a positive effect, and when it is time to move on to the next technique. It’s one way that the therapist “tunes in” to the client, and lets the client’s body steer the course of the treatment session.

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