Within that crebrospinal fluid there is an invisible element that I refer to as the “Breath of Life.” I want you to visualize this Breath of Life as a fluid within this fluid, something that does not mix, something that has potency as the thing that makes it move, Is it necessary to know what makes the fluid move? Visualize a potency, an intelligent potency, that is more intelligent than your own human mentality ~ W.G. Sutherland DO
I have been studying CranioSacral Therapy for my CEUs (continuing education units) this year. I am taking a course in a modality I haven’t had before. In my two year program at Intellitec Medical Institute, I had many modalities included in my classes. Each class had a modality as its lab where you were tested on the human body as well as a written test. This is one modality we really never learned. We did learn to hold our hands behind someone’s head and feel for the pulse of the cerebral spinal fluid. We had to learn the bones, muscles, nerves, and systems of the body. I even had pathology class.
While taking this course I was given the history of CranioSacral. It seems a Dr. William Sutherland in 1898 or sooner was looking at the human skull. He noticed the sutures on the skull and started to come up with ideas about them. One of his ideas is that sutures breath. They inhale and exhale just as the lungs do. I get this. I think it can be a reasonable argument. He even made some sort of helmet to test his theories. He ended up with headaches, nausea, and other problems which led him to believe these sutures do breathe.
Sutures are joints that hold together each bone in the skull. They are made of fibrous connective tissue. Connective tissue is like glue in the body. It holds everything together. It keeps on regenerating too. That is why doctors who operate on you tell everyone to just cut it out and throw it away. That really isn’t a great idea since that is how scars are formed. As medical doctors learn more about the human body, they start realizing that things they did in the past are really stupid ideas now. People wouldn’t have so many scars from surgery if they wouldn’t cut off the extra connective tissue.
Connective tissue has many functions it binds, it allows oxygen, nutrients, carbon dioxide, and waste to pass, it allows resistance to stretching and tearing, structural and functional support, provides cushioning, compression, its elastic, and is found everywhere in the human body including the nervous system. Think of connective tissue as a framework to your house. Your body is a house and connective tissue is your wood, metal, pipes, electrical lines, and anything else you need to glue your home together. I like to think of it as breathable glue. It lets in air and lets out the toxic waste.
Knowing what I do about connective tissue, I can totally understand Dr. Sutherland’s position. The body breathes. All your cells breathe. You need oxygen to go everywhere in the body and you need carbon dioxide taken out. That would lead anyone to the logical conclusion that cells breathe. You need some way for carbon dioxide to leave your body. Carbon dioxide is made in your body so it must be released somehow.
The brain has a blood brain barrier. That means you need a special blood to go to your brain. That “blood” is cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or cerebral spinal fluid. That specialized fluid is like oil for your engine. If transmission fluid gets into the engine oil or antifreeze gets into the engines oil, your engine is toast same with the brain if blood gets into that. The engine has movable, breathable parts to keep combustion going just like your brain and skull. Your engine has wires and spark plugs coming out of it as does your brain. Your brain has a stem and nerves going down your spine. Actually, your spine is a specialized casing to protect your spinal column. Your spinal column is a cord of nerves that are like a trunk of a tree. It branches out into roots like a tree branches out its roots They nerves then go to other towns in your body. Think of your spinal column as the interstate and the nerves as highways and the roots as dead end roads you are traveling. They are filled with electricity so be careful. Just like the wires in your house that turn on the lights or allow you to charge your batteries.
Think of yourself as an electric battery. Electricity seems to have the power to explode or distribute oxygen, from which we receive the vitalizing benefits. When it plays freely all through your system, you feel well. If you shut it off in one place, congestion results ~ Dr. A.T. Still
This pulsating fluid that runs down your spinal column and around your brain is what craniosacral therapist are looking for. This is not like your pulse in the circulatory system. This is like a very slow blop. It isn’t even timed correctly from person to person. When I was in massage school, I found it on several of my classmates. Each had a pulse from this fluid that would pulsate every 6 to 30 seconds. Each person was different. It is hard to find this pulse so it could be everyone’s is the same but you have to find it and hope you keep it so you can count it. The circulatory system really takes the lead on pulses. If you really sit and feel you can also find the lymphatic flow as well. You find that pulse easier at the junctions where there are lymph nodes.
Another reason why everyone I tried finding the CSF pulse on had different times could be different health issues. One person in our class had back issues, one had anxiety, one had hip problems, one had uterus issues, one was healthy, one was obese, and then we could take into consideration age. There are many variables to why each pulse was different. I had several classmates with all kinds of pathologies. Each of these health issues could easily explain why the CSF pulse was different or maybe even tell us if there are restrictions one doesn’t even know about.
There really isn’t a whole lot of research into certain areas of the body. The medical community just takes it for granted and instead of being curious they just go with what they knew over 200 + years ago. Since we have so much technology today, I wish the medical community would start to investigate the human body more. I wish they would do more research and update their findings with something more concrete. It is like saying the earth is flat and the sun rotates around the earth. At some point you need to leave the dark ages and expand your horizon.
It has been an amazing journey taking my CranioSacral Therapy (CST) class. With that and my ramblings, I leave you with another quote from Dr. Sutherland who is considered the pioneer of the craniosacral movement. It is an interesting idea that doctors have different ideas of what is the breath of life or even what is a soul.
Dr. Still envisioned the cerebral spinal fluid as 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 existance ~ W.G. Sutherland DO