CranioSacral Therapy

When you do things from your soul,
the river itself moves through you.
Freshness and a deep joy
are signs of the current.


Craniosacral therapy is offered in the naturopathic practice KörperBewusstSein by Anna Schulz-Dornburg.

Craniosacral therapy is a body-oriented, gentle manual method for investigating and improving the function of the craniosacral system and is based on cranial osteopathy.

The craniosacral system consists of the brain and spinal fluid as well as all membranes that envelop and protect the brain and spinal cord. It runs from the inside of the skull through the vertebral canal to the coccyx.

Origin and development of the different approaches to and currents in therapeutic cranial therapy

  • In the last century, Andrew Taylor Still discovered “osteopathy”, which he based on the laws of nature.
  • William Garner Sutherland was a student of A.T. Still and a pioneer on the topic of osteopathy. Based on his studies on the skull seams, he discovered the “primary respiration system” and realised that the head is subject to skull breathing and is rhythmically expanding and condensing. Based on these findings he developed “cranial osteopathy”.
  • Rollin Becker, a student of W.G. Southerland, introduced the “biodynamic craniosacral therapy”. In the last 40 years, he founded an independent course of treatment based on osteopathy. Franklyn Sills then expanded and deepened this biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy.
  • In 1994, James Jealous, who also was an osteopath, began to teach „the biodynamics of osteopathy“.
  • Michael Shea is the founder of the biodynamic cardiovascular therapy. This therapy approach applies the principles of the biodynamic craniosacral therapy of “primary respiration” and “silence” to the heart and cardiovascular system. As early as the end of the 19th century, A.T. Still – the founder of osteopathy – laid the foundation for this by stating: “the role of arteries is of paramount importance”.
  • Dr. John Upledger developed the “craniosacral therapy” from cranial osteopathy. Craniosacral therapy aims to reduce loss of movement by relaxing the connective tissue and to promote unhindered mobility of the brain and spinal cord membranes and thus also the spinal fluid. This way the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system can be strengthened.

What to expect!

I was moved and inspired by both, the craniosacral therapy by Dr. John Upledger and the biodynamic cardio-vascular craniosacral therapy by Michael Shea. Both make use of a holistic approach.

Dr. Upledger’s approach is structural and uses an indirect technique – also called unwinding, i.e. the tissue is doing the work. The craniosacral rhythm, which is noticeable throughout the whole body, serves as foundation for this treatment.

In the biodynamic approach, the primary respiration system is in the focus. Biologically, it consists of revitalised water, which accounts for more than 70% of the adult body and nearly 98% of an embryo.

The primary respiration system works as a structuring and self-regulating principle in the body and is guided by the tidal rhythms – mid tide and long tide. The mid tide feels powerful and mirrors one’s health. The long tide shows salvation, the essence – borne by silence.

According to the individual needs of my clients, I accompany this holistic process on a physical, psychological, and interactive level.

One session lasts about 60 minutes.

Craniosacral therapy can be beneficial at any age. It can be a helpful support during pregnancy and can be continued into adulthood.        

Craniosacral therapy can be applied:

  • for pain management: e.g. migraines, joint and muscle pain
  • for the regeneration and regulation of the nervous system in case of overload or stress
  • for the treatment of psychosomatic complaints
  • for stabilization after physical injuries or trauma
  • to support health through resource-oriented work
  • as support during pregnancy and childbirth

of the treatment is to support the body’s self-healing forces in their task.

This is achieved through impulses given either by the therapist or through internal impulses within the client, which regulate the tension in the body in a way that allows the fluid, neural, and energetic exchange processes to regain their natural function.

At the same time, body awareness is promoted. The awareness of one’s own well-being (cognitive, emotional, physical, and spiritual), enables the exploration or discovery of resources as the basis for one’s own resilience and thus serves the development of one’s full potential. The body’s self-healing capacity can thus be strengthened by improving self-regulation.

Clients who come into contact with themselves find confidence in their own self-efficacy and a sense of inner connection, vitality and joy arises. This connection extends to themselves, to their fellow human beings and to nature.

Anna Schulz-Dornburg works in a process-oriented way – her training, qualifications and competences support a holistic approach. The inner therapeutic approach is characterized by her presence, empathy, appreciation, and the space for development she enables.