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Dr William Sutherland


Dr William Sutherland 1873-1954

William Garner Sutherland, D.O. was an American osteopathic physician and important figure in American osteopathic medicine. Several of his manual therapy techniques are still practiced today by practitioners of Craniosacral therapy. Sutherland was the first osteopathic physician to conceptualize the cranial approach and teach it systematically. However, Sutherland acknowledged Andrew Taylor Still as the developer of all osteopathy, including the cranial approach. Sutherland was the first person to claim to feel a rhythmic shape change in the bones of the cranium. He later applied this movement to all body tissues and this movement is the agent of change in dysfunctional tissues. He later named this motion the body's "Primary Respiration."

Dr. John E. Upledger 


Dr. Upledger served from 1975-1983 

As a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine. He research further in Sunderland's work and it was during those years that his team of Anatomists, Physiologists, Biophysicists and Bioengineers were tasked, with performing the experiments, testing the existence and influence of the Craniosacral system. The results of those scientific studies explained the function of the Craniosacral system and its use in evaluating and treating poorly understood malfunctions of the brain and spinal cord. Dr. Upledger went on to develop Craniosacral therapy and other complementary modalities that are now taught worldwide to healthcare professionals through Upledger Institute International's educational programs. Over 100,000 practitioners trained in more than 100 countries have taken Upledger courses.

What is Craniosacral Therapy (CST) - CST works gently and profoundly with the whole person to balance the mind and body through its subtle and whole person centered approach and contact. It can help to balance and support various systems of the body and its therapeutic effects may be felt throughout the whole body, mind and emotions. It works with the underlying causes as well as specific symptoms and its gentle approaches is used to assist the body’s own potential to heal and release any restricted patterns held within the body's tissues. It as a nurturing and calming effect to healthcare and its unique in its ability to work with the source of symptoms on each level whether it be physical, mental or emotional. Craniosacral therapy originated with the works of Dr William Sutherland who discovered intrinsic movements of the bones of the cranium around the turn of the century. His further research revealed different rhythmic tidal motions through the body. These movements that can be measured with delicate scientific instruments, can be felt by skilled craniosacral therapist and are a direct expression of health throughout the body. As research continued it is now apparent that these movements are inextricably linked with not only physical health but also mental and emotional health. Palpation of these tide-like motions allows craniosacral therapists to facilitate change in most areas of restriction that correspond to a lack of the capacity of the life force to express its self-healing. 

How does CST work - Craniosacral Therapy is truly complementary therapy has it recognises that the mental, emotional and physical levels of the human body all form an integrated whole. The light touch of craniosacral therapy ‘listens’ to you! Then your body responds by beginning to listen to itself. Craniosacral therapy’s gentle approach can help with a wide range of conditions and situations due to its natural way of helping our body's to rest and recover. It supports the body’s natural ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as helping to reduce stress and build your underlying energy.