Advanced Cranial Sacral Holds

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  1. Frontal-Occipital Hold
    • Technique: use one hand to cup the occiput and the other the frontal bone.  Gentle compression and unwind
    • Indications: allows therapist to sense unwinding of falx cerebri
  2. Three Fingered Temporal Bone Unwinding
    • Technique: place your ring finger behind the ear, middle finger on the ear and index finger in front of the ear.  Maintain hold for a few minutes then move bones slightly from side to side, up and down or in an opposite motion.  Continue moving bones until they move on their own.
    • Indications: allows therapist to unwind tentorium and temporal bones
  3. Coronal Shear Test (Sphenoid/Occiput)
    (Inner Mouth Optional)
    • Technique: cup a hand under the client's occiput.  The fingers of that hand will be pointing towards client's feet.  The other hand is in the following position: the little finger lies between the maxillae and the lining of the cheek, inferior to the client's left zygoma.  The other three fingers span the face with the middle finger making contact with the greater wing of the left sphenoid.  The thumb makes contact with the right greater wing of sphenoid.
    • Indications: assesses the sphenoid to determine lesion patterns; enables client's sphenoid to unwind; positively affects the lesions
  4. Sphenoid and Mandible Coupled Hold
    Technique: span the sphenoid.  Make contact with the greater wings and place the base of the index finger on the glabella.  Use the other hand to cup the mandible.  The fingers and thumb lie along the inferior base of the mandible.  Traction the sphenoid anterior, traction the mandible inferior.
  5. Sphenoid and Zygomae Coupled Hold
    • Technique: span the sphenoid with one hand.  Use the fingers and thumb of the other hand to work on the zygomae.  Decompress the zygomae laterally and allow the sphenoid to unwind.
    • Indications: sinusitis, facial trauma, and sphenoid unwinding
    • Best For: torsion and side bending lesions
  6. Sphenoid and Frontal Coupled Hold
    • Technique: span the frontal bone with one hand.  Use the other hand to span the sphenoid, making contact with the greater wings.
    • Indications: Unwind sphenoid while anteriorly decompressing frontal bone
    • Best For: flexion and extension lesions
  7. Sphenoid and Heart Chakra Coupled Hold
    • Technique: With one hand span the sphenoid.  Place the other hand on the sternum with the fingers pointing superior.
    • Indications: Grounding and closing.  Connecting the balance and love of the fourth chakra with the intuition of the sixth.
  8. Posterior Fibers of Temporalis
    • Technique: find the superior edge of the ear.  Locate the posterior fibers of the temporalis.  Apply a moderate amount of medial pressure and then pull your fingers in a superior direction.  Be cautious not to slide over the client's hair or skin.  Maintain traction until you feel the muscles relax.
    • Indications: Can help ease pain in TMJ
  9. Masseter Release: Superficial
    • Technique: This is a gentle hold.  Curl your hands into a loose fist.  Place the middle bones of the index, middle, and ring fingers inferior to the zygomae, the zygomatic attachments of the masseter muscles.  Apply gentle pressure inferiorly.  Wait for softening and tension release.
    • Indications: Release tension in masseter muscle
  10. Masseter Release: Profound
    • Technique: place thenar eminences directly inferior to the zygomae.  Apply slight pressure as you strip down the muscle.  Gently pull off at the inferior aspect of the mandible.  Repeat 3 to 5 times.
    • Indications: Release tension in masseter muscle
  11. Masseter Release: Most Profound
    • Technique: support the side of the head.  With finger pads, palpate the masseter muscles until you find a trigger point.  Stop at trigger point and apply deep pressure until it relaxes or softens.
    • Indications: Release tension in masseter muscle
  12. Mandible Unwinding (inner mouth work)
    • Technique: turn the client's head towards you.  Have the client slightly open the mouth.  Place one thumb at a time on the biting surface of the lower teeth.  Point the index fingers toward the ear and curl the ring and little fingers under the mandible bone.  Hold contact and get a sense of tension in the muscle.
    • Indications: Encourage unwinding to break dysfunctional patterns and gain space between the mandible and temporal bones.
  13. Maxilla Decompression (inner mouth work)
    • Technique: Turn the client's head and have the client open the jaw slightly.  Guide the index and middle finger into the mouth down the center.  Separate the fingers laterally and place them on the biting surfaces of the upper teeth.  Use the other hand to span the sphenoid.  Maintain hold, establishing communication with the maxillae.  Then gently begin to traction the bone in an anterior direction.  As you are decompressing, the maxilla may want to unwind.  Allow the movement while maintaining the intention to decompress.
    • Indications: headaches (migraines)
  14. Two Handed Maxillae Unwinding (inner mouth work)
    • Technique: Place the middle fingers on the biting surface of the upper teeth.  Place the fingers gently on the chin to assist in keeping the mouth slightly open, but encourage client to relax the mandible.  Curl the ring and little fingers under to avoid brushing the client.
    • Indications: unwind the maxillae
  15. Two Handed Frontal
    • Technique: interlace the fingers of both hands.  Place the heels of both hands against the sides of the frontal bone.  Bend elbows so that they are resting on the table, to either side of the client's head.  Gently squeeze hands together and traction the frontal bone anterior.
    • Indications: headaches (migraines)
  16. Vomer Traction (inner mouth work)
    • Technique: Span the frontal bone to make contact with the greater wings of the sphenoid.  Take the index finger of the other hand, carefully insert it into the client's mouth and make contact with the hard palate.  Direct energy and slowly decompress the vomer in an anterior direction.
    • Indications: headaches (migraines)
  17. Sacral Steering
    • Technique: place both hands under the body, horizontally, and cup the sacrum in the palms.
    • Indications: allow the sacrum to unwind from any compressions or restrictions.  The lumbar and pelvic areas may also be affected by this technique.
  18. Unilateral Piriformis Unwinding
    • Technique: Gently slip both hands under the body, use the fingertips to contact the muscle attachments along the lateral border of the sacrum.  Hold this position and wait for muscles to relax.  This may feel like a softening and the sacrum may "drop" as the muscle relaxes.  Repeat on other side.
    • Indications: unwind piriformis
  19. Sacral Stillpoint
    • Technique: Place one hand under the sacrum.  The fingers should be pointing superiorly with the palm contacting the coccyx.  Hold this position until you get a solid sense of flexion and extension.  Once this is established, follow the sacrum as it moves into flexion.  Gently present a barrier that does not allow the sacrum to move into extension.  Hold this barrier until all movement ceases.  This is when the body creates a stillpoint.  Once this has occurred, eliminate the barrier and wait until the cranial rhythm returns.  Follow the new rhythm until it stabilizes.  A stillpoint may last 5 to 20 seconds.
    • Indications: Create a stillpoint, which is a deep healing state within the body
  20. Unwinding
    • Technique: can be performed on various parts of the body in a wide range of ways.  Lead 50% of the time; follow 50% of the time
    • Indications: Watch for a stillpoint - this is the goal.  Leading the body into a stillpoint lets the body heal and re-organize.
  21. Temporal/Scalene and SCM Unwinding
    • Technique: roll the head laterally.  With one hand, contact the anterior portion of the temporal bone.  Use the other hand to unwind the scalene and SCM muscles.  Repeat on other side, and muscles of back if needed.
    • Indications: encourage muscles to relax, release, and lengthen.
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Advanced Cranial Sacral Holds
2014-05-21 02:18:49
UCMT MBP Massage Cranial

Advanced Cranial Sacral
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