The History of
Upledger Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral Therapy was developed by Dr John Upledger, an osteopathic physician. He has been featured in TIME magazine as one of Americas next wave of innovators
In 1985 Dr Upledger founded The Upledger Institute to teach people worldwide about the value of this effective approach. More than 80,000 therapists have since been trained in Craniosacral Therapy.
In 2010 the Craniosacral Society in the Uk redefined our title to, Upledger Craniosacral Therapy, to distinguish our work from other schools of Craniosacral Therapy.
The first investigations into craniosacral system were begun by an osteopath, William G Sutherland. He worked in America in the early 1900's.It had always been thought that the bones of the head in an adult were fused together. He saw that the bones of the head were designed to provide movement in relationship to each other as they had joints, called sutures.For more than 20 years he work at proving this fact
- He performed experiments on himself with helmet like devices designed to impose variable and controlled pressure on different parts of his head. His wife recorded personality changes he displayed in response to different pressure applicaions.He described head pain and problems with his co-ordination etc. relating to the various pressures.
- In the early 1930's Sutherland published his first article on the subject.
- Based on his experiments, he developed a system of examination and treatment for the bones of the skull.
- He then organised a small group of osteopaths who studied cranial work with him. His system became known as Cranial Osteopathy.