The “Human Skull & Sutures” kit holds 30 signature vials focused on the cranial bones and ‘joints’ between them. Included as well are three bones of the middle ear and a signature for the Cranial Primary Respiratory Mechanism, an important osteopathic principle discussed below. Also included in the kit is the spheno-basilar (SB) junction, a cartilaginous junction of the sphenoid bone and the basilar portion of the occipital bone at the base of the skull.
Cranial osteopathy was further developed in the mid-20th century by William Sutherland (1873-1954), DO. At the time, conventional thought was that the bones of the skull became fused in adulthood and did not move. In contrast, Sutherland considered that there was a function, a purpose for this ‘architecture’ of bones.
Through his clinical work, Sutherland showed that the cranial bones were ‘jointed’ at synarthrodial sutures of fibrous tissue and that subtle movement occurred between them. Further, he concluded that that the cranial bones, sacrum, dural membranes of the spinal cord and cerebrospinal fluid functioned and moved as a whole. This phenomenon he named the “primary respiration mechanism”.
The palpated cranial rhythmic impulse (CRI) or the movement of the skull is reported to be 8 to 14 times per minute. The rhythmic movement of the entire system, the Primary Respiration Mechanism of the brain, skull, spinal cord is described as a wave or an uncoiling.] Through palpation of the cranial bones, cranial osteopathy seeks to identify and release stress that may impede these rhythms.
Of specific note within other modalities such as BodyTalk, release of the cartilaginous spheno-basilar junction (SBJ) through breath, focus and tapping can have important energetic implications.