This Craniosacral Therapy Training eHealth Talk will explore some of the concepts and skills that can bring about a more client and health led approach to physical therapy; engage with the biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy; and introduce a more client centred approach to bodywork, one that is based on establishing a dialogue with the health of the patient rather than their disease.
According to Ron Kurtz, founder of The Hakomi Method of body-centred psychotherapy:
“In a study of master therapists, like Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir and others, it turned out that they held certain assumptions in common. The most surprising, to me, of these was the assumption that there is no real problem. The client may feel there is a problem, but the master therapist ‘knows’ there isn’t.”
For me, this statement encapsulates the essence of craniosacral therapy training and practice – an approach to physical therapy based on the belief that the human body is an intelligent and self-regulating system, at the heart of which lies an inherent health that is never lost.
These days the training of physical therapists moves ever closer towards that of the medical doctor. Priority is given to the acquisition of techniques and language to assess and describe disease. This tendency puts more distance between practitioner and patient and increasingly creates the illusion that the practitioner is the expert on the patient’s life.
Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathy, told his students: “To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.” And it is this entreaty that continues to inform the development of craniosacral therapy training and practice. The training of the craniosacral therapist is much more concerned with developing skills in relationship and perception than diagnosis.
For physical therapists this is potentially as challenging as the revolution brought to psychology through the work of the master therapists referred to above by Ron Kurtz. That revolution shifted the focus of psychology from sickness to success, and changed the therapeutic relationship into the client centred approach we are familiar with these days.