What is CFT?
What is CFT?
Craniosacral Fascial Therapy (CFT) is the work of Dr. Barry Gillespie. Based on his theory that the Craniosacral and Fascial systems are not separate, but one interconnected system, CFT blends two established modalities: Cranial Sacral Therapy and Myofascial Release, into a single, highly effective therapy.
This intricate system originates in the body's core around the brain and spinal cord and extends through the body's fascial web which surrounds and permeates every structure down to the cellular level. A healthy system allows for the free flow of Cerebrospinal fluid from the brain, down the spine, to the sacrum, and into the connective tissue (fascia). Strain anywhere in that system may effect brain function and mobility. Our brains must expand and contract, and any restrictions or damage to this motion, such as those due to difficult birth or head injury, can greatly effect our health and wellbeing.
CFT techniques are designed to gently unwind accumulated fascial strain, allowing optimal mobility and therefore better brain function. When the Craniosacral Fascial system is loose and open, there is optimal flow of cerebrospinal fluid to help nourish the body and cleanse toxins.
The Brain has to breathe. The Fascia has to be free.
All of us have experienced trauma. Difficult birth, surgery, auto accidents, falls, concussions. dental/orthodontics, vaccinations. and emotional trauma to name a few.
CFT is effective for all ages and benefits a variety of conditions..
Every one can benefit from CFT. CFT is safe for all ages.
I work with all ages --- from 1 week-old babies who have had birth trauma to athletes with concussions to 87 year olds with a lifetime of back and joint pain. We all have layers of fascial strain that can be unwound to release physical/emotional pain and trauma from the body.
A CFT session is done fully clothed, and I encourage my clients to wear comfortable yoga type clothing. The session begins with an intake and assessment of brain motion. Then, according to the areas that present themselves as constrained, we will gently unwind the fascial strain to open the system. When we are tight our brains are tight!
Some of the conditions I work with daily are asthma, allergies, concussion, tongue ties, lip ties, TMJ, migraines, sinus issues, ADD/ ADHD, anxiety, depression. digestion, reflux and any kind of pain.
I suggest 4-6 sessions to begin the healing process. Many clients find great relief after just one or two sessions but deep healing can take more time.
3 day Foundation Course
This course is the foundation for mastering CFT. During this three day seminar, you will explore the Craniosacral Fascial system. You will learn gentle, yet powerful techniques to facilitate fascial release. As a hands-on course a great deal of treatment will be exchanged throughout the 3 days. As such, most participants find it professionally and personally transforming.
CFT can also be used to enhance or compliment other therapeutic modalities. Students come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, looking to deepen and expand their skills. However, no prior medical or bodywork experience is required and many also take the course to learn CFT and benefit their own families.
The CFT Global Team
Holly Steflik and Kim Sherlock make up the CFT Global Team. They are dedicated to spreading the work of Dr. Barry Gillespie, founder of Craniosacral Fascial Therapy, across oceans and borders. The CFT Global team provides highly interactive and engaging CFT courses around the world as well as online for continuing education and global study groups.
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Photos from CFT Global trainings in the U.S., South Africa and England.