An Advanced Exploration of Craniosacral Therapy and Chair Massage

I have been doing craniosacral therapy as part of my Corporate On-site chair massage practice – www.eventschairmassage.com  for decades.

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Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a form of bodywork or alternative therapy using gentle touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. A practitioner of cranial-sacral therapy may also apply light touches to a patient’s spine and pelvis. Practitioners believe that this manipulation regulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and aids in “primary respiration”. Craniosacral therapy was developed by John Upledger, D.O. in the 1970s, as an offshoot of osteopathy in the cranial field, or cranial osteopathy, which was developed in the 1930s by William Garner Sutherland.

Many massage therapists have studied these chair massage techniques but do not really understand the mechanisms involved. It is like a puzzle with many pieces.

Let’s begin with the fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid.

There is research which demonstrates examiners are unable to measure craniosacral motion reliably, as indicated by a lack of inter-rater agreement among examiners.The authors of this research conclude this “measurement error may be sufficiently large to render many clinical decisions potentially erroneous”. Alternative medicine practitioners have interpreted this result as a product of entrainment between patient and practitioner, a principle which lacks scientific support. Whether craniosacral motion can be reliably palpated remains a subject of debate with studies producing mixed results.

 

The Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM), the mechanism originally proposed by Sutherland, has been summarized in five ideas:

  1. Inherent motility of the central nervous system
  2. Fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid
  3. Mobility of the intracranial and intraspinal dural membranes
  4. Mobility of the cranial bones
  5. Involuntary motion of thesacrum between the ilia

Inherent motility of the central nervous system[edit]

The postulated intracranial fluid fluctuation is described by practitioners as an interaction between four main components: arterial bloodcapillary blood (brain volume), venous blood and cerebrospinal fluid(CSF).

 

Mobility of the cranial bones

The extent to which cranial bones are able to move is considered controversial and studies of the existence and degree of cranial motion have yielded mixed findings.[14] Cranial sutures are the areas in which the eight cranial bones are joined. During infancy, the cranial bones are not rigidly fused to each other,[22] but are instead bound together by a membrane known as a fontanelle where two sutures join. Between the first and second year of life, the cranial bones begin to move together and fuse as a normal part of development. Studies examining the age of the closure of the cranial sutures have reported mixed findings. Closure has been reported to occur during adolescence while other studies indicate greater individual variability in the timing of this closure with fusion of the lambdoid suturesagittal suture, and coronal sutures taking place in the fourth decade of life, but complete fusion of all sutures not occurring until advanced age (the eighth decade of life has been reported); some studies have found that the sutures never rigidly fuse.According to Gray’s Anatomy, “[w]hen such sutures are tied by sutural ligament and periosteum, almost complete immobility results”.

 

Mobility of the intracranial and intraspinal dural membranes

In 1970, Upledger observed during a surgical procedure on the neck what he described as a slow pulsating movement within the spinal meninges. He attempted to hold the membrane still and found that he could not due to the strength of the action behind the movement

Treatment

The therapist lightly palpates the patient’s body, and focuses intently on the communicated movements. A practitioner’s feeling of being in tune with a patient is described as entrainment. Patients often report feelings of deep relaxation during and after the treatment session, and may feel light-headed. While sometimes thought to be caused by an increase in endorphins, research shows the effects may actually be brought about by the endocannabinoid system.

There are few reports of adverse events from CST treatment. In one study of craniosacral manipulation in patients with traumatic brain syndrome, the incidence of adverse effects from treatment was 5%.

 

 

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Today’s stress management blog is presented  by a grant from Events  Chair Massage –www.EventschairMasssage.com –  a company that offers Corporate Chair Massage and Stress Management Services to meeting planner, event planners, party planners and HR for Trade show booths throughout the United States.

 

Below is a chair massage demo that shows techniques our corporate chair massage therapists use to massage their clients’ upper back, shoulders, and neck — using elbows and forearms, with minimal use of the thumbs.

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Laughter Yoga and the Best Corporate Chair Massage in NYC

I learned about a new and easy approach to healing recently. This healing technique has been shown to have miraculous results for many people.

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I learned about Laughter Therapy a few weeks back at  a Holistic Wellness Conference with The New York City Chair Massage Company – www.eventschairmassage.com

According to the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor “Therapeutic humor is defined to be: “Any intervention: that promotes health and wellness by stimulating a playful discovery, expression or appreciation of the absurdity or incongruity of life’s situations.”

Many people were unaware of the power of humor to heal until they saw the movie “Patch Adams”; the true story of a medical doctor committed to using conscious joy and humor to heal. In the healing community however, laughter has been known for years to have a curative effect on all types of physical and emotional illness including depression.  Back in the 1970’s Norman Cousins write a book “Anatomy of an Illness”, that described his healing from a degenerative illness while sitting in a hotel room and watching comedy movies for hours on end and laughing until his sides hurt.

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Laughter makes us less defensive about our insecurities, brings out our spontaneity and is associated with the pleasurable emotions.  Humor makes us feel lighthearted, joyous, childlike and playful. It is virtually impossible to experience anxiety, fear, depression, or anger while laughing.

Laughter reduces stress hormones, increases tolerance to pain, stimulates breathing, and increases immune response by increasing healthy antibodies. Psychotherapists have begun integrating humor in the treatment of emotional and mental disorders.

A study at the University of Maryland Medical Center showed the healing power of a great “laugh.”  The study of 300 individuals, half of them heart patients, concluded that laughter could have specific, measurable physical and emotional benefits.  Michael Miller, M.D. who led the research team says “We know the anger and stress impair the endothelium-the protective barrier lining our blood vessels. This can cause fat and cholesterol buildup in the coronary arteries. But laughter may have the opposite effect-it may stimulate elements that protect the endothelium.”  This important for weight loss and counting calories as well.

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Humor has various cognitive effects. It can alter our perspective on life, reduce negative self-talk, change our mind set from an objective, serious, logical sense of reality to a more creative playful one. Laughter helps us to think in more flexible ways and  “draw outside the lines” and function “outside of the box.”

How do you use humor to get out of depression? Watch funny movies, read funny books, watch the comedy station on television and possibly even take a laughter yoga class.

 

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Lewis Harrison – RealUGuru, is a master lifehacker, writer, mentor, success and wealth coach, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in problem solving and strategizing  based on game thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.

He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.

  

Don’t forget to tune to the RealUGuru Radio show every Thursday 4-6 PM EST  at WIOX 91.3 FM or on your smart device at WIOXRadio.org.

WIOX is a diverse station that broadcasts original programming including presentation from NPR, the BBC, Democracy Now etc.

If you are interested in business success in the 21st Century in the arts or in any other endeavor you need to read Lewis’ recently published business books.

You can find books on game theory and business success here:

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/building-your-business-in-the-new-digital-reality/

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/gamification-for-business/

This course and all the offerings on http://www.RealUGuru.com  focus on the application of applied game thinking, gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

Today’s stress management blog is supported by a grant from Events  Chair Massage –www.EventschairMasssage.com –  a company that offers Corporate Chair Massage and Stress Management Services to meeting planner, event planners, party planners and HR for Trade show booths throughout the United States.

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Below is a chair massage demo that shows techniques our corporate chair massage therapists use to massage their clients’ upper back, shoulders, and neck — using elbows and forearms, with minimal use of the thumbs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNNSDH-0bZk

Somatics, Massage and Holism

 

I recently gave a speech at a conference on stress management on the importance of merging massage and somatics as the ultimate expression of “. “Holism”. Holism is an approach to systemic thinking that states that the elements within a system influence each other in ways that cannot be explained or determined by understanding, measuring, or defining any individual unit within that system.

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The word Holism comes from the ancient Greek word (ὅλος holos,
meaning total, all, or entire). The concept of holistic thinking has
ancient roots going back to Aristotle and was expanded upon by Jan Smuts and R. Buckminster Fuller. Jan Smuts named the concept Holism. He states that holism is “The tendency in nature to form wholes that are greater than the sum of the parts through creative evolution.” What a visionary idea!

 

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The term Holistic did not come into common usage until the 1960’s. Since then, the words holism and holistic have become clichés of sorts for every “new age” idea to come along and this has lead to some resistance among scientists exploring a scientific interpretation of holism.  However, respected visionaries like Buckminster Fuller understood the concept and wrote extensively on it, even naming the process of the sum being greater than the parts “Synergy.”
Today the term holism and holistic thinking in the academic world and in the world of professional massage is widespread. It is commonly used in the social sciences but is still considered a radical concept in the mainstream scientific community. Much of what is now known as “systems thinking” can be traced to holism and is core to the integration of traditional western massage, bodywork and “energetic” based hands-on-healing systems such as Swedish Massage, Shiatsu, reflexology, Polarity Therapy, Reiki, Rolfing, Aromatherapy Massage, Connective Tissue Massage, Rolfing, Cranial Sacral Techniques and many other approaches that integrate body, mind and spirit.
Holism has greater popularity in the social sciences than in the natural sciences. This has become more the case since scientists are encountering problems of ever-greater complexity, that though unsolvable by the traditional approach of deducing information from the properties of the basic parts of systems alone, can be explained by exploring the influence of certain units in a system upon other units in that same system. The massage professional has experienced the same trend in the last few decades with “chi” based touch producing positive results where tapping, kneading, cupping and other related techniques may fall short when used in isolation.
Holistic Theory has applications in fields as diverse as architecture, biology, economics, industrial design, linguistics, philosophy and sociology as it does in the integration of seemingly oppositional massage and bodywork techniques. There are many ways that a massage therapist can apply holistic models to touch based therapies. Many physicians recognize this and are willing to bring massage, somatic and body psychotherapy  into Holistic medicine and Holistic healing practices. For  a massage therapist intuition can play an important role and this is where scientific holism can be invaluable. Scientific Holism holds that the behavior of a system cannot be perfectly predicted, no matter how much data is available.

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Lewis Harrison, known as the RealUGuru  is a copywriter, motivational speaker specializing in game based thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.

The author of over fifteen books – http://www.RealUGuru.com Lewis is a  seminar leader, futurist, entrepreneur, a national network  radio talk show (WIOXRadio.org) host, success mentor and life coach and a best-selling author.

He is the creator of  the RealUGuru Project – www.RealUGuru.com.com.  that focuses on the application of gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

His company www.eventschairmassage.com offer Corporate chair massage to meeting planners, event planners, association meetings and trade shows. He offer these stress management and onsite massage services in NYC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas, Greensboro, Columbus Ohio and many other cities across the United States.