Craniosacral therapy, part of each of my healing sessions, is a light-touch modality that releases tensions in the skull and pelvis. This may improve the flow of CSF, Cerebrospinal fluid (which bathes the brain and entire nervous system), by removing blockages, and this in turn may help the body heal a wide range of conditions, both physical and emotional, including fatigue, pain, sleep difficulties, anxiety, all sorts of stress-and-trauma-related disorders, etc. Most patients find this work extremely relaxing, and many report that it leads them into deeper states of consciousness.
Here is some of what science knows the CSF does:
*Transports nutrients and hormones to the brain and nervous system;
*Regulates circadian rhythms;
*Instructs Stem Cells to proliferate and differentiate;
Dr. W. G. Sutherland, DO, who founded Cranial Osteopathy, suggested that the CSF may be “an intermediary in the movement of Divine Intelligence, a channeling of creation into embryological segments and irrigating them with life, giving form and function and order and intelligence to our existence.” Here are a few of the reasons why:
The CSF is connected to every part of the brain and spinal cord. The neural cells that are in contact with the CSF have receptor cells that can detect and respond to light, chemicals, and vibration. Melatonin, which regulates sleep and may affect the immune system and have anti-aging effects, is released by the Pineal Gland into the CSF. Another fascinating chemical found in the CSF, most likely also from the Pineal Gland, is DMT (Dimethyltryptamine). DMT is also widespread in the plant kingdom, in plants that are commonly used in shamanic rituals. It can produce powerful near-death and mystical experiences, and is hypothesized to be released at birth, death, and during vivid dreams. It has been called “the spirit molecule”.
Between the Pineal (often thought to be a “Third Eye”) and the Pituitary (the “master” gland in control of the hormonal system), and surrounded by the Thalamus (regulating sensory input and motor output) and the Hypothalamus (involved with emotions and appetites), is the Third Ventricle – a midline chamber which connects them all and is filled with CSF. This space has been called “the crystal palace” and “the cave of Brahma” in some Hindu yogic traditions.