Rhythm and Touch

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-17
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
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With its low-impact, nurturing approach to working with the spine, the skull, the diaphragm, and the fascia to release pain in the body, Craniosacral Therapy has become an increasingly popular healing method.Rhythm and Touchexplains in detail how it works. Divided into two parts, the book follows a simple, step-by-step instructional model. Part one guides the practitioner in discovering the craniosacral rhythm and learning how to interpret and respond to its cues. Following the line of the spine from pelvis to neck and head, this section develops a protocol for a basic session. It details how to touch the body and support the inner healing process. Part two offers a thorough review of the brain's protective and nourishing environment, the cranium. It introduces new means of assessing and easing restriction in the relationship of cranial bones. Moving outward from the cranium, this section describes the bones of the mouth and face, their interrelationship and motions, and how to assess and release the results of injury. The final chapter offers reflections and recommendations for using this vast array of knowledge effectively.

Author Biography

Anthony Arnold, PhD, has forty years of experience as a therapist, including twenty years as a body/holistic therapist and fifteen years teaching Craniosacral Therapy. He founded the Rhythm and Touch Association to explore the mind, body, and spirit interactions through the study of Shiatsu, Craniosacral Therapy, and massage. He lives near Santa Fe, NM.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. xvii
The Fundamentals of Craniosacral Therapyp. 1
The Basic Skills for Craniosacral Practicep. 3
Perceiving the Craniosacral Rhythmp. 6
The Heartp. 7
The Breathp. 8
The Craniosacral Rhythm: Awarenessp. 10
The Craniosacral Rhythm: Palpationp. 12
Listening Stationsp. 15
Assessment, Awarenessp. 29
Understanding the Organism as a Wholep. 32
Releasing the Bodyp. 35
Therapeutic Releasep. 35
Indications of the Release Processp. 37
Responding to a Releasep. 39
Why Start with the Body?p. 40
The Diaphragmsp. 41
The Cranial Releasesp. 69
Anatomical Surveyp. 70
The Pattern of Releasep. 72
The Quality of Touch: The Question of Pressurep. 73
Self-palpationp. 74
The Cranial Releasesp. 80
The Frontal Bonep. 80
The Upper Sides of the Skull: The Parietal Bonesp. 82
The Floor of the Vault: The Sphenoidp. 84
The Lower Sides of the Skull: The Temporal Bonesp. 88
The Lower Jaw: The Mandiblep. 94
The Occiput: The CV-4 and the Still Pointp. 97
Completionp. 101
Beyond the Technique: Integration, Assessmentp. 103
Integrationp. 104
Assessmentp. 104
Combining Assessment and Treatmentp. 106
Responding to Symptomsp. 108
The Context of Healingp. 109
Flexibilityp. 109
Taking Care of the Therapistp. 110
Aftercarep. 111
Emotional Releasep. 112
Memoriesp. 113
Physical, Mental, Emotional, or Spiritual?p. 114
Healing Energy and Sexual Energyp. 114
Case Examplesp. 116
Specialized Assessment in Craniosacral Therapyp. 121
The Art of Touchp. 123
Touch and Awarenessp. 124
Releasep. 128
Unwindingp. 129
The Process of Assessmentp. 133
The Client's Goalp. 134
Beginning the Sessionp. 134
The Value of Therapeutic Experiencep. 135
Modalities of Observationp. 135
Working with Symptomsp. 138
Gentle Movementp. 139
Assessment as Dialogp. 140
Evaluating the Craniosacral Rhythmp. 140
Working with the Dural Tube and the Spinal Columnp. 143
Using These Assessment Procedures in a Sessionp. 147
The Cranial Vaultp. 149
A Special Environmentp. 149
A Detailed Look at the Cranial Vaultp. 150
The Cranial Rhythmp. 154
The Bones of the Cranial Vaultp. 154
The Frontal Bonep. 156
The Ethmoidp. 158
The Parietal Bonesp. 159
The Temporal Bonesp. 160
The Occiputp. 162
The Sphenoidp. 163
The Motions of Sphenoid and Occiputp. 166
Releasing the Cranial Basep. 167
Fundamental Concepts: Dysfunction and Direction of Easep. 170
The Importance of the Cranial Basep. 171
The Rhythmic Motion: Flexion and Extensionp. 172
Release in the Direction of Ease: The Indirect Methodp. 174
Compensatory Dysfunctions of the Cranial Basep. 175
Intracranial Dysfunctions: Strain and Compressionp. 182
Completion and Follow-upp. 189
Releasing the Bones of the Mouth and the Facep. 191
The Mouth, Face, and Jawp. 193
The Bones and Their Natural Rhythmic Motionsp. 195
Self-palpationp. 198
Personal Areasp. 201
Initial Client Palpationp. 201
The Maxillasp. 203
The Vomerp. 209
The Palatine Bonesp. 214
The Zygomatic Bonesp. 215
The Teethp. 218
The Nasal Bonesp. 218
The Ethmoid Bone and the Inner Orbit of the Eyep. 219
Working Outside the Mouthp. 220
Rebalancingp. 220
Integrating and Using Craniosacral Therapyp. 223
The Learning Processp. 223
Keep Open to Keep Learningp. 224
What I Look for During a Sessionp. 225
The Significance of Patternsp. 225
Words and Intentionp. 226
The Sacrum, the Pelvis, and the Backp. 227
Taking Care of the Therapistp. 227
A Sacred Wayp. 228
Treatment Protocolp. 231
Therapeutic Dialog in Craniosacral Therapyp. 233
Glossary of Termsp. 241
Indexp. 247
About the Authorp. 255
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