Craniosacral Therapy

What It Is, How It Works

By John E. Upledger; Richard Grossinger; Don Ash
North Atlantic Books, Paperback, 9781556436956, 118pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2008

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With the troubling side effects and surging costs of medications and surgery, Americans are increasingly turning to CranioSacral Therapy as an effective, drug-free, and non-invasive therapy. A gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system — the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord — CST boosts the body’s natural healing processes and has proven efficacious for a wide range of medical problems from migraines, learning disabilities, and post-traumatic stress disorder to fibromyalgia, chronic neck and back pain, and TMJ. This book provides a broad introduction to this therapy by way of short pieces written by a number of well-known practitioners or experts. In addition to pioneer John E. Upledger, contributors include Richard Grossinger (Planet Medicine), Don Ash (Lessons from the Sessions), Don Cohen (An Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy), and Bill Gottlieb (Alternative Cures). Each selection covers a different aspect of CST: what it is, what it does, how it heals, what the practitioner does during a CST session, CST’s relationship to cranial osteopathy and other healing therapies, as well as other topics of interest to the beginner.




About the Author
Dr. John E. Upledger is President of The Upledger Institute, Inc. Dedicated to the natural enhancement of health, the Institute is recognized worldwide for its groundbreaking continuing-education programs, clinical research and therapeutic services. He is the author of "CranioSacral Therapy; CranioSacral Therapy II - Beyond The Dura; SomatoEmotional Release and Beyond; Your Inner Physician and You; A Brain is Born;" and "CranioSacral Therapy, Touchstone for Natural Healing,"Since the issuing of "Solar Journal: Oecological Sections" by Black Sparrow Press in 1970, Richard Grossinger has published some twenty-five books, most of them with his own press, North Atlantic Books/Frog, Ltd., but also titles with Harper, Doubleday, Sierra Club Books, J.P. Tarcher, among others. These have ranged from extremely long explorations of science, culture, and spirituality ("The Night Sky," "Planet Medicine," "Embryogenesis") to memoirs and nonfiction novels ("New Moon," "Out of Babylon") to experimental prose ("Book of the Earth and Sky," "Spaces Wild and Tame") and science fiction ("Mars: A Science Fiction Vision"). Grossinger received a PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1975 and lives with his wife Lindy Hough in Berkeley, California.



Praise For Craniosacral Therapy

“Why should it surprise us that we can tap into the body’s own inner wisdom to facilitate a positive response through the use of our hands and an innate desire to help? In my mind, this is health as it was meant to be—a natural collaboration between two human beings on a multitude of different levels, all simply allowing the body to do what it was born to do best.”
—John E. Upledger, from the Introduction

“I have long sought an introduction to craniosacral therapy for those who don’t know what it is or imagine it has to do with spinal injury or is only for sick people. In fact, CST is a natural manual medicine, preventive as well as curative, psychological and emotional as well as anatomical and somatic. Much as Iceland contains powerful underground shear forces and vital fluids, so does the human body. Their balance and release affect every aspect of life. This anthology opens the door to general mainstream understanding.”
—Birgir Hilmarsson, founder and director, The Upledger Institute, Iceland

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