fasciae (how it works)

A fascia (/ˈfæʃ(i)ə/; plural fasciae /ˈfæʃii/; adjective fascial; from Latin: “band”) is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs.

Everything in our body has a layer of connective tissue, or fasciae, wrapped around it. Everything is connected, quite literally. Fascia wraps around every layer of muscle. For example, when a craniosacral therapist manipulates fascia in the dura mater surrounding the cervical spine, it connects to the tissue surrounding tendons, muscles, organs, and our brain. The meninges are the three layers of fasciae that encase the brain. The dura mater, to toughest outer layer gets restrictions in the form of scar tissue that pull on muscular fasciae, creating tightness. The arachnoid mater, the middle layer is spread like cobwebs throughout the cerebrospinal fluid. The pia mater, the innermost layer, is thin and lines every cravice of our brain.

When you are rear-ended in a car crash and get whiplash, your dura mater, fascia around your cervical spine and brain stem think, “Oh no, if we have to deal with this kind of force now, we’re going to need to become stronger.” The cells produce more elastin and less collagen, which makes them more rigid. That rigidity then strains the vertebrae and other structures in the body. This is what we mean by “tension.” Trauma, physical, psychological, or spiritual trauma creates tension. Craniosacral therapy bodywork relieves tension.



Are you just starting this?

I’ve been focused on growing my practice for about a year now. I met someone at the Compass Pride Business Social recently who asked if I am new to craniosacral therapy. I explained that my trainings were from 2002-2005. (I am registered for the Advanced I training in 2020.) He asked me what has been happening since my trainings.

I fumbled for words and didn’t know how to explain. I live my truth with a commitment to personal and spiritual growth, so here it is.

I practiced craniosacral therapy in Portland, Oregon from 2004 – 2009. My wife and I tried to have a baby and instead I ended up with a hysterectomy. That triggered a healing crisis that disabled me and I stopped working completely. A few years later my wife, unexpectedly, divorced me. I moved back home to south Florida to the support of my family. As I told the gentleman who asked the question, I had some personal time off.

I am now healthy enough to return to work part-time and this is my process. Thank you for your support, in every way. I pray I can be productive and successful doing something I love.


SomatoEmotional Release (SER)

A method of SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is included in the CranioSacral Therapy (CST) playbook. The basic principle is that we have emotional energy stuck in the soma, or muscle and soft tissue. When the emotion releases, it often has to be felt in the process. As the emotion releases from the body, other energy from the original trauma, or injury, is released with it.

Dialoguing is used to explore, discover, and resolve the emotion connected to the trauma or energy. When trauma, an impact – either physical, or energetic, enters into the tissue, the body dissipates as much as possible. Often when an emotion is involved, the trauma seems to be more difficult to dissipate. What the body cannot resolve itself is walled off into energy cysts.


just me thinking

I love the voices, the thought patterns, the routine rumination. I finally am willing to concede to the idea that it’s not in my best interest. It makes me less competent. Sobriety keeps me sharp, untwisted. One keeps me lifted and the other allows me to relax deeply. There’s a time and a place for everything, so why not moderate? It’s an obvious solution and my lack of ability to achieve it as a goal has been obvious for a couple of years now.


tell me more about craniosacral therapy

Using low back pain as an example, the pain is caused by weakness in muscles. The muscles recruit more muscles due to weakness and a strain develops around the joint. It could be weakness on one side or on both sides of the body. We take two Advil. The inflammation subsides and the pain is alleviated. The strain is only relieved until you activate the cycle again with simple movements.

Fascia is the connective tissue that runs throughout the body, wrapping around each muscle and each group of muscle fibers. It also wraps sheaths around the central nervous system and around all of our organs. Fascia tightens as a result of trauma, to prevent movement in order to prevent further injury. Craniosacral therapy engages the body’s own healing abilities to release the tensions in the fascia and muscles.

Once the tensions are relieved, you will be able to remap your body’s movements and work to strengthen the muscles.

Trauma carried in the body as a tension or as an energy cyst, often contains an emotional component. As the bodyworker has her hands in that area, you may feel the related emotion. Often, talking about the feelings facilitate the tensions and energy cysts releasing. This simple dialogue that emerges is the core of somato-emotional release.

For me personally and intimately, receiving bodywork changed my life. Years of therapy unleashed into vivid releases when on the massage table. As my body released tensions and unblocked energy centers, my posture improved and my muscles relaxed, allowing me to shift energetically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. All the years of working for self-improvement and seeking happiness while in deep depression were finally in the past.

As Dr. John Upledger, the developer of CranioSacral Therapy said “The secret something that is shared by all effective healing methods is the process of leading the patient to an honest and truthful self-discovery. This self-discovery is required for the initiation and continuation of self-healing; for it is only through self-healing- in contrast to curing- that patients can experience both permanent recovery and spiritual growth…the closer our perception of self approaches, the deeper our capacity for self-healing becomes. When there is a very close correspondence between self-image and truth, our self-healing powers may be virtually unlimited.”



I feel like I’m wearing fifty pounds of sausage hanging off the front of me. I hate it. Its not new or anything. About three years ago, I started hating my body again. I don’t know what triggered it for sure but two things happened around that time. First, I found myself on a new cocktail of psychiatric medications. Second, I moved back in with my parents and began spending time with my family of origin after several years of estrangement.

I accuse them of upholding society’s impossible ideals about weight. They insist it’s the health issues that are important. When you lose the weight, annual bloodwork seems to clear up miraculously. No more high cholesterol. When we see each other we say, “Have you lost weight? You look fantastic!”

I’ve been shopping at Lane Bryant, the plus size women’s clothing store, since high school. I’ve always been big boned. The models back then were thin. The models now come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. I sit and stare at them and wonder, “Is it okay for me to be fat? What am I fighting and why?”



Something is happening in my body that I cannot quite explain. I spin around the same circles of neurosis. I practice yoga weekly and with my full attention and dedication. During yoga, I feel movement internally and energy shift. I do not usually feel emotions.

About a week ago, I was feeling especially anxious and prayed silently to relieve this pattern of spinning. A few days later, I awoke feeling more present and centered. The spinning had been alleviated.

As a practitioner of craniosacral therapy, I have experienced the release of energy cysts, core to the modality. Energy enters the body as physical or emotional trauma, the body responds with the attempt to assimilate the energy. What cannot be assimilated is walled off as an energy cyst.

I suspect what is happening is the release of energy cysts as a result of yoga. My constant concern with discipline has subsided. I am feeling more joyful and energetic.


desire is the root of all suffering

I learned this wisdom in my early twenties experiencing Ram Dass’ “Be Here Now.” The book explained the entire process of finding happiness through Buddhism.

Now, twenty years later, I wonder how I came to believe that everything beneficial to my body-mind-spirit is suffering. Now I am loving yoga but still feel like meditation is suffering if you’re doing it right. In yoga class last week the teacher demonstrated using balance poses that there is always movement in stillness.

I’ve been a perfectionist again, believing that I could sit for 20 minutes and still my body-mind-spirit completely.

According to Buddha, the basic cause of suffering is “the attachment to the desire to have (craving) and the desire not to have (aversion)“. From that we learn “detachment.” Detachment leads to flow which lessens suffering.

I have to find it all within. Perhaps that is the honest, humble path to a daily committed meditation practice. It’s not in food or any addiction. All pleasure, all creativity, all passion, is generated within.

From my place of white, American privilege in the world’s scheme, I am overwhelmed daily by ounces of fluid gratitude, oozing like honey down and through me.