Development and background of craniosacral therapy
The Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy that we teach at our school was developed by Franklyn Sills. It is based on the discoveries of Dr. William Garner Sutherland (D.O.), the founder of cranial osteopathy, and those of his students and successors, namely Rollin Becker (D.O.). As a young student at the College of Osteopathy in Kirksville, Missouri (USA), founded by Andrew Taylor Still, Sutherland discovered at the beginning of the last century that - contrary to the doctrine of the time - the anatomical structures of the cranial bones are capable of fine and complex movement mechanisms.
He also discovered that the craniosacral system (with bones, membranes and the cerebrospinal fluid) pulsates tidal in different rhythms that can be perceived. He discovered that the cerebrospinal fluid is the carrier of the "Breath of Life", a vital primal energy, which is distributed via the cerebrospinal fluid into all cells of the body. This "Breath of Life" is the driving force of the cranial rhythms and is at the same time an ordering and healing principle of center and stillness. If this principle is disturbed, discomfort and illness arise.