This foundation volume presents a unique integration of the wide spectrum of approaches to Cranio-Sacral Therapy, providing practitioners and students with a broad and authoritative understanding of the discipline. The author covers the fundamentals of theory as well as the practical skills and techniques needed to carry out Cranio-Sacral work, and the book also includes detailed instructions for treatments, all of which are clearly explained in extensive case histories, photographs and illustrations.
Based upon the syllabus of the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy in London, UK, this is an unparalleled resource for practitioners of Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Cranial Osteopathy, and an essential reference for students.
Part I: Introduction: Setting the Scene. 1. Amy. 2. The Source of Life. 3. A Fundamental Platform. 4. Cranio-Sacral Integration. 5. The Matrix: A Broad Perspective on the Cranio-Sacral System. 6. Living in the Material World: Anatomy of the Cranio-Sacral System. 7. Cranio-Sacral Motion. 8. Treatment: Fundamental Principles – The Inherent Treatment Process. 9. Stimulus. 10. Responses to Treatment. 11. To Treat or not to Treat: Contra-indications. Interlude 1. A Time for Reflection: Key Concepts in Cranio-Sacral Integration. Part II: Essential Concepts. 12. Pigs, Elephants and Snakes: The Concept of Quality. 13. Fluid Analogies. 14. Fulcrums. 15. Calm Quiet Presence: The State of the Practitioner. 16. Stillness. Part III: A Framework for Integrated Treatment: Basic Skills. 17. Integrated Treatment. 18. Tuning In - 1. 19. Tuning In - 2. 20. Opening Up the System: Settling and Grounding. 21. The Suboccipital Region. 22. Core Treatment: Overall Approach. Interlude 2: Key Elements in the Overall Approach to Cranio-Sacral Integration. 23. Core Treatment: Individual Processes. 24. The Spine. 25. The Occiput and Spine. 26. The Sacrum and Spine. 27. The Sphenoid. 28. The Temporal Area. 29. The Frontal Area. 30. The Parietal Area. 31. The Falx Cerebri and Falx Release. 32. Completion. 33. Still Point. 34. Practice: An Integrated Treatment Framework. Part IV: Further Concepts. 35. The Return of Rhythmic Motion. 36. Biodynamics, Biomechanics, and the Quantum Model. 37. Keep Breathing. Part V: Fascial Unwinding. 38. Fascia. 39. Evaluation of the Fascia. 40. Fascial Unwinding within the Trunk Region. 41. Fascial Unwinding of the Arm. 42. Fascial Unwinding of the Leg. 43. Fascial Unwinding of the Neck. 44. Key Factors in Fascial Unwinding. Part VI: Spheno-Basilar Patterns. 45. Scales and Arpeggios: Spheno-Basilar Patterns Part 1 – Honing Basic Skills. 46. Opus 27 Number 2: Spheno-Basilar Integration. Part VII: The Nervous System. 47. The Nervous System: The Basics. 48. The Nervous System: Relations with the Cranio-Sacral System. 49. The Autonomic Nervous System. 50. Double Contacts with the Sacrum. 51. Facilitated Segments and T4 Syndrome. 52. Autonomic Nervous System Integration. Part VIII: Further Contacts and Concepts. 53. The Throat. 54. Energy Drive. 55. The Emotional Body. 56. Personal Development. 57. Further Contacts. 58. Diagnosis. Part IX: An Integrated Treatment Approach. 59. An Integrated Treatment Approach. Part X: Conclusion. 60. Cranio-Sacral Integration: A Summary. Glossary. References. Index.
' A fascinating insight into Cranio-sacral work. This foundation text, written in an easy to read format for those training in Cranio-sacral Therapy, would also be beneficial for the Therapist who is not training in this discipline as it will give new and fresh meaning to 'reading the body through the hands'.'
- The SEED Institute Newsletter
'This book fills the gap in CST texts - a clear comprehensive introduction to the work.'
- Fulcrum Journal of the Craniosacral Therapy Association
Thomas Attlee is the founder and principal of the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy in Primrose Hill, London, the first, the largest and the most established college of its kind in Europe. He graduated from the European School of Osteopathy, and taught Anatomy and Physiology at the International College of Oriental Medicine for seven years, and has a broad experience of many different therapies, meditation techniques and psycho-therapeutic approaches, all of which inform his teaching and writing. He has been teaching internationally and practicing Cranio-Sacral Therapy for over twenty-five years. He lives in London, UK.
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