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Craniosacral Fascial Therapy

Craniosacral Fascial Therapy (CFT) is a gentle and beautiful 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.  The therapist uses CFT to facilitate the body in healing itself.  The therapist’s role is to notice where the body (specifically the craniosacral fascial system) is tight due to past injuries and trauma.  The human body has layers of fascial tension strain patterns and can be compared to the layers of an onion.  Each session reveals the next layer that is ready to release, which leads you on the path toward better health and physiology. 

The Brain has to Breathe.  The Fascia has to be Free.

Take a look at the image below.  Imagine that the fascial web tension is in the lower leg due to breaking the leg as a child.  As the body healed, there was scarring of the fascial web, creating a downward pull through the pelvis, spinal column, and up into the cranial bones.  This can create a pressure onto the brain.  Later in life, this person may develop headaches and focus on the symptoms in the head verses the original point of strain, at the lower leg.

If you have ever had an injury, 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.  Over time, strain patterns will overlap and eventually put enough pressure on the soft tissue to change the position of skeletal structures.  Symptoms throughout this process are often scattered because the location of an individual’s strain patterns will be responsible for the effects it has.  This work can be beneficial for anyone who has ever had an injury or trauma.  Techniques used in the Gillespie Approach 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.  

 

The Brain has to Breathe.  The Fascia has to be Free.                     

Craniosacral Fascial Therapy can optimize brain function and release fascial strain patterns, which can correct the following conditions:

ADULTS:

Decreased cognitive abilities, Migraine, Sinus Headache, Concussion, Jaw Pain, Neck Pain, Sleep Issues, Back Pain, Whiplash, TMJ, Depression, Anxiety, Pelvic Pain

CHILDREN: 

Asthma, Earache, Headache, Concussion, Anxiety, ADHD, Learning Disorders, Strabismus, Scoliosis, Sinus Conditions, Allergies, Bedwetting

NEWBORNS:

Inability to latch on, Difficulty sucking, Difficulty swallowing, Reflux, Colic, Constipation/Gas, Napping issues, Strabismus, Torticollis, Pyloric stenosis, Stridor, Clubfoot 

For more information about this therapy, or to attend the three day workshop, please visit the website at www.GillespieApproach.com.