About The Gillespie Approach CFT
WHAT IS THE GILLESPIE APPROACH CFT?
Craniosacral Fascial Therapy is a unique blend of Craniosacral Therapy and Fascial Release which was developed and pioneered by Dr. Barry Gillespie www.gillespieapproach.com. It is based on the fundamentals from Dr. William Sutherland’s cranial osteopathic principles, John Barnes, P.T., myofascial release techniques, and Dr. Barry Gillespie’s background as a periodonist. Dr. Gillespie’s brilliant integration of these therapies created The Gillespie Approach to Craniosacral Fascial Therapy. While craniosacral therapy alone is an effective treatment, the merging of these two therapies creates a more comprehensive treatment for healing when given simultaneously.
This system consists of the bones of the skull, spine, and pelvis. These bones support the structures found in the central nervous system, the cerebrospinal fluid, the brain, and the spinal cord. The craniosacral system is critical to the proper functioning of the central nervous system. Restrictions and imbalances in the system can cause dysfunction in the brain’s ability to pump cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord and into the body’s fascial system.
Fascia is connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web from head to foot without interruption. This connective tissue covers muscles, bones, nerves, vessels, and organs down to the cellular level. The fascial system’s function is to support vital organs in their correct position and provide cohesion to all of the body’s structures. The craniosacral system is an important component within the fascial system.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM CFT?
Anyone who has ever had an injury or trauma in his/her lifetime can benefit from craniosacral fascial therapy. Starting with birth, trauma and inflammation can accumulate over time in the fascial system creating restrictions in layers. These restrictions can bind down on the fascia creating abnormal pressure on any component of the body. Because fascia is woven throughout the body similar to a perfectly knitted sweater, any restrictions that occur from trauma can pull or twist into adjacent or distant areas from the original trauma. CFT releases restrictions in the fascial system and the effects it has on the craniosacral system, thus optimizing the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid. Once the fascia is free and the brain is free to move cerebrospinal fluid, the body is then able to heal itself better.