Craniosacral Rhythm book cover

Craniosacral Rhythm

A practical guide to a gentle form of bodywork therapy

A complete and detailed introduction and overview of soft craniosacral-bodytherapy for beginners and therapists. The book covers aspects on how to give a craniosacral-treatment. Every position is explained in words and with photos. The book includes more than 20 illustrations, 100 black and white photos, and an extended part with FAQ. It includes a detailed treatment-protocol and a poster with a basic-craniosacral-treatment. This is a comprehensive introductory textbook which includes different possibilities of techniques, many practice-tips, FAQ and treatment-poster.

* Highly visual text
* Clear, simple language and explanations
* Suitable for a variety of practitioners in body and energy work
* Poster included demonstrating basic positions

Paperback, 376 Pages

Published: July 2008

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-06737-2


  • Section1: And yet the cranium does move: overview, theory, and introduction

    1.1 The range and variety of craniosacral treatment - an overview

    1.2 Origin and history
    1.3 The craniosacral system
    1.4 How the craniosacral system relates to other body systems
    1.5 The craniosacral rhythm: An expression of primary respiration
    1.6 The still point
    1.7 Self-palpation of the body rhythms on the head, pelvis and thighs
    1.8 Indications and contraindications
    1.9 The efficiency of the craniosacral treatment: How many sessions at what time intervals?
    1.10 Basic points before beginning treatment
    1.11 The resource-oriented approach
    1.12 The dialog prior to treatment
    1.13 The treatment record
    1.14 Position
    1.15 Therapeutic dialog 1
    1.16 Interactive work as the companion in the process

    Section 2: Treatment and balancing of the craniosacral system
    2.1 The art of gentle touch
    2.2 Golden rules before you begin
    2.3 Whole-body assessment
    2.4 Release of the transverse layers of connective tissue
    2.5 Inviting inducing still points
    2.6 Self-treatment techniques for the head
    2.7 Treating the head
    2.8 Releasing the temporomandibular joints
    2.9 The cranial vault hold: 'Listening to the cranial orchestra'
    2.10 Harmonization and integration of head and torso
    2.11 Supplementary treatment elements
    2.12 Suggestions for short treatment sessions
    2.13 Basic treatment for beginners

    Section 3: Experiences from craniosacral therapy practice
    3.1 Practice and experience
    3.2 Stories from craniosacral therapy practice
    3.3 Frequently asked questions and tips

    Section 4: Waking the inner healer: The integration of body, mind and spirit
    4.1 Neutral and stillness
    4.2 The three-step healing process
    4.3 The fulcrum
    4.4 Sensations and emotions durign the session
    4.5 How the client can support the session: Dedication to her own inner process
    4.6 Cell memory, therapeutic pulse and entrapped energy
    4.7 Unwinding
    4.8 Treatment invovling several practitioners (multiple hands-on
    4.9 Intention and thought power
    4.10 Intuition
    4.11 The therapeutic dialog 11: Dialog, imagination adn mental pictures
    4.12 Treatment continues to take effect after the session
    4.13 Intensification of symptoms due to re-organization
    4.14 Guided meditation to increase CSF flow in the body
    4.15 Self-treatment techniques for the torso

    Section 5: Advance treatment
    5.1 Basic treatment for advanced practiioners
    5.2 Taking treatment further
    5.3 Advanced self-treatment techniques

    Section 6: Further applications
    6.1 Pregnancy and childbirth
    6.2 Treating children
    6.3 Tooth and jaw problems
    6.4 Accidents and illnesses
    6.5 Shock, trauma, and post-traumatic stress syndrome
    6.6 Combination with methods of allopathic and energymedicine
    6.7 Treating animals
    6.8 Concluding remarks

    Craniosacral treatment record
    A list of indications
    Further reading
    Contact address and useful websites


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