A visionary is someone who can do four things equally
well, and hold all four things as equal in importance. The four
- First, they can perceive the entirety of the client's anatomy
- Second, can perceive the parts of their anatomy and physiology,
and notice which parts have left concert with the whole. ·
- Third, they can perceive the client's inner spiritual journey,
emotional state and energy level, and hold no judgment about what
- Fourth, they can perceive their own inner spiritual journey,
emotional state and energy level, also without judgment.
Craniosacral Work is an evolution out of Cranial
Osteopathy, a specialization of the osteopathic profession that
was introduced to the world in the 1930s by an American osteopath
and visionary called William Garner Sutherland.
Craniosacral work has traditionally focused on the
22 bones that make up the human head, the vertebra and sacrum, and
also on the brain, the central nervous system, the cerebrospinal
fluid and the system of membranes inside the cranium and spinal
Craniosacral therapists often focus upon optimizing
the position, fluid movement ('wave') and energy (piezolelectric
charge and chi) of these parts of the craniosacral system. Or they
may focus on bringing the craniosacral system back to balance in
the central line of the body, called 'midline.' Some schools focus
on differing wave states, tides, and opening to the arrival of stillness.
The visionary school takes its genesis from a pivotal
event in the life of Sutherland.
In 1899 William Sutherland was studying in the
first osteopathic school to be set up in the USA. It was founded
in 1891 by the man who coined the term 'Osteopathy,' Andrew Taylor
Still, in Kirksville, Missouri.
The path of Sutherland's professional development
was forever changed by his witnessing of his mentor's gift of perception.
Sutherland, the grandfather spirit of craniosacral work, was later
to recount it this way:
Still was like the X-ray: He could look right
through you and see things, and tell you things, without putting
his hands upon the body. I have seen him do that! Time and time
again. When some of the early teachers had a clinic up before
class, hunting for the lesion, in would come the old Doctor from
the rear,"Here's your lesion." How did he do it?
All schools of craniosacral work have something to
offer. The visionary school encompasses all ways of understanding
and working with the craniosacral system - biodynamic, energetic,
mechanical and visionary.
VCSW offers a way of inner and outer personal development,
so that you as a therapist may be of service to people by seeing
them clearly, sensing where they need to be touched, and working
with the sublime mysteries of the craniosacral system.