Getting to know some touch therapy pioneers

We are still unpacking information from the many excellent presentations we attended at the Upledger Institute's Beyond the Dura conference in April. The principles and theories behind CranioSacral therapy are quite old (some trace back to the 1740s), but the therapy as it's practiced has only been around about 40 years. So it makes sense that the medical establishment would take some time to figure out how to study this individualized, nonintrusive therapy.

The good news is that science is, indeed, catching up with us, as many researchers now approach CST and allied therapies through a biopsychosocial lens (more on that in future newsletters). They're producing high-quality evidence showing the efficacy of nonintrusive touch for a host of complaints and patient types.

We'd like to introduce you to four pioneers who spoke at the conference:

Thomas Rasmussen, a brain researcher and CranioSacral therapy practitioner and instructor from Denmark, presented one of the most exciting research projects in our field: he used a newly developed, extremely sensitive machine to measure and distinguish the craniosacral rhythm from the arterial pulse and breath in 50 healthy people. The study measured three of the metrics we assess before and during treatment: rate, amplitude, and symmetry. Asymmetry related to cranial restriction was measured, and shift in that asymmetry after treatment was recorded. Karl Christian Meulengracht, the machine's pioneering inventor, was treated like a rock star (he was quite taken aback by the attention, after spending 10 laborious years perfecting his invention)!

Jean-Claude Guimberteau, a French plastic surgeon specializing in hand microsurgical replantation and transplantation, has spent 20 years exploring and defining the movement of tissues beneath the skin using an intra-operative endoscopic camera to record living tissue. His work documents the fractal, chaotic, adaptive, and completely interwoven efficiency of our connective tissue, or as he calls it, our constructive tissue. Dr. Guimberteau's stunning film evidence proves that when we say "it's all connected," and that every part of us influences the whole of us, it's not a metaphor, it's fact.

We were delighted to see and hear Norma Gilmore once again at the conference. An educator and mother of a special needs child, Norma was one of the first laypeople to be trained by Dr. John Upledger, the developer of our field. Dr. Gilmore, now 95 years young, combined her CST training with her educational training and developed a school program to help children who have trouble paying attention and reading. With her work, students demonstrated better muscular, eye-tracking, and skeletal balance; ability to listen; and to sit at a desk and work.

A quick book update: Elements of a Successful Therapeutic Business is now with our publisher. We're currently working on the cover and inside designs, and are on track for a Fall release. Thanks to all of you who have expressed excitement about the book. We'll let you know when pre-orders start!

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