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Craniosacral Massage

Craniosacral Massage

Massage therapies are always considered one of the best ways to relax and refresh your body. Craniosacral Massage is one of them. Although this therapy is under a lot of criticism, still many believe that it really works.
Niharika Arya
Our body has some particular points which when massaged in a proper manner, can get you rid of many diseases and pains. Whether you have a headache, backache, leg pain or even a tooth pain, therapists are may advice you to get a massage therapy. It is used all over the world. Craniosacral massage is one of the famous massage therapy which has benefited many people till date. There are many controversies related to its effectiveness, but people undergoing the therapy and enjoying it.

Craniosacral Massage Therapy

Craniosacral massage is used as a therapy to relieve many pains and disorders. This therapy was introduced by an osteopath William G. Sutherland in the early 1930s'. It works on the system known as cranio-sacral system. This system consists of soft tissues and bones of spine, pelvis and of course cranium (head).

This massage is considered to be a very gentle massage, which is done with the pressure equivalent to the weight of a nickel. Sometimes, the spinal fluid in the body gets blocked due to injuries, shock or emotional imbalance. This massage helps to remove the blockage and maintains the flow of the spinal fluid through the nervous system and other parts associated to it. Other major organs get help from this and regain their normal process. It is said to work on both physical as well as psychological aspects.

Craniosacral massage therapist gently massages your body including the bones, spine, pelvis, skull and soft body tissues, and allow the spinal fluid to flow in a natural manner. It improves the resistance power of the body, functioning of the nervous system and enhances overall health. Following are some of the disorders in which this massage is considered very effective.
  • In pain and injuries like, accidental injury, sports injury, muscle strain, etc.
  • Headache or Migraine
  • Chronic back pain and neck pain
  • Insomnia
  • Sinus problem
  • Fibromyalgia
  • It is also very effective in curing traumatic stress disorders and emotional stress.
Craniosacral massage techniques are specially meant for the people suffering from the above mentioned disorders. It is advised to consult your doctor before going for any such massage, so as to avoid any complications.

Controversies and Criticism
Apart from all the above mentioned information about craniosacral massage there have been many controversies and criticism by some of the osteopaths from around the world. There are lack of evidence for:
  • Existence of "cranial rhythm"
  • Existence of "cranial bone movement"
  • It is controversial that cranioscaral massage provides a therapeutic benefit
  • Link between the cranial rhythm and disease
Though there are so many controversies, there is still an increase in the number of people opting for it. Usually, this massage is used by the massage therapist, osteopaths, naturopaths, etc. There are many institutes that offer craniosacral massage training and certification. So, if you want to be skilled in this type of massage, then you have a chance to learn it. If you planning to go for this massage then you should better gather some more information about it. Always go for the experienced and well trained therapist to avoid its ill effects. So, enjoy the tender and blissful experience, but only after gathering detailed information about it.

Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.