Craniosacral Therapy: Bodywork or Energywork?

Craniosacral therapy is an unregulated field  in terms of training and qualifications to practice. Which essentially means what you experience with one practitioner may differ wildly from what you get from someone else. This can be confusing and frustrating to both client and practitioner. Below are some very basic things that are helpful to know about what craniosacral is not – and there is a lot of additional information on this website, about how the technique works, what to expect in a session, what the craniosacral system isand a general overview of the technique itself.

Craniosacral therapy is often confused with “energy work” due to its subtlety. Some of this has to do with the profoundly gentle nature of the contact used to palpate the fluid movements in the body. While it’s arguable that we are energetic beings that extend far beyond our physical body, this work is focused on, and directly treats the physical body. Sometimes in the healing field, the physical body is disregarded in favor of other things. An aura, chakras, or an energy field can seem more exciting than a physical body. But the physical body is the clearest, most accurate barometer of what’s going on in our lives, in our environment, and in our energetic bodies.

One of the most helpful aspects of Craniosacral Therapy is that it can gently help you to embody your physicality. Meaning: help you get in, and/or stay in your body. This can help you relate to your body as a precious ally, which it very much is. You can learn to listen to yourself in a way that most people are deeply disconnected from, and yearning for. There is a kind of language the body speaks that’s fluent and beautiful, and only oriented towards the best health possible. When listened and responded to all kinds of healing can happen – in the physicality, and beyond.