Also called Craniosacral Therapy, this gentle technique 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 Sutherland.

Cranial osteopathy is not different to osteopathy in its principles, but working on cranial plates where the Primary Respiratory System originates from.

Inside our Meninges (Nervous System and Brain external sheath) runs the Cerebro-Spinal Fluid (CSF), which fluctuates between the the Cranium and the Sacrum. This is what your trained osteopath can feel, and work on the structures which can impair its movement.

This movement is then spread to the whole body through the complex web of the myo-fascial system (sheath of muscles, tendons, organs etc..)

It requires a highly developed sense of touch to feel subtle changes of tension and tissue quality in the living anatomy of the whole body, and to diagnose areas of strain or dysfunction.

Cranial Osteopathy has become famous for its efficiency on infants and children. But it effectively works on adults as well, but becoming less of an option for treatment after around 72 years old when the cranial sutures solidify.

Cranial treatment appears so passive, how do I know that anything is happening?

Observing cranial treatment can be compared to watching someone reading a book. From the outside nothing appears to be happening but, if you are the one reading the book you are transported into a rich world of structure, colour, depth and emotion. As you continue to read, the story unfolds.

In a cranial treatment, an osteopath is deeply connected to the inner world of living anatomy and physiology. Listening carefully the body can tell the story of what has happened to it, what trauma (emotional or physical) it has suffered and, how it is trying to cope with the legacy of these traumas.

In treatment the osteopath is guided by the tissues and support the re-balancing or release of areas of dysfunction. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself and maintain its own physiology in a state of health and uses the re-balancing during osteopathic treatment to re-establish healthy physiology.

 

 

What does cranial treatment feel like?

Cranial osteopathic treatment is very gentle and relaxing. During the treatment some people are aware of different sensations, such as mild tension, aching or sensitivity that gradually disappear, or of feelings of warmth and relaxation. Other people are unaware of anything happening at all during the treatment but are aware that they feel very different when they get up afterwards. Most people become deeply relaxed during treatment and it is not uncommon for people to fall asleep.

 

 

In Tune Practioners In This Area

José Kunzler

Jose graduated as a Physiotherapist in Paris before studying Osteopathy in France and the UK. He completed a BSc from BCNO in London and attained a Post Graduate certificate in Acupuncture at AUT in Auckland. Jose has been resident in NZ for the past 18 years. As well as his work as an osteopath, Jose …

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David Guilleminot, Principal Osteopath and Director

David Guilleminot is a French Born Osteopath who has been working in the Auckland Area since 2000. (Papakura, Piha, Titirangi, Henderson, Albany, North Shore, East Coast Bays) David graduated from Ecole Superieure d’Osteopathie (Paris) in 1999 and soon arrived to New Zealand after having presented his thesis (about ankle and posture). His first job was …

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