Dr. Robyn Abramczak, owner of Smile Ranch Dentistry, will host a workshop, The Gillespie Approach to CranioSacral Fascial Therapy for Adults and Children, on December 16, 17 and 18. The adult/child CFT seminar serves as the necessary prerequisite for the infant/toddler CFT seminar.
Abramczak is a general dentist who takes a holistic approach to dentistry, saying , “We are whole beings and the mouth is connected to the head, neck and entire body. Treating the individual goes far beyond the teeth.”
She explains that the craniosacral system consists of the bones of the skull, spine and pelvis. “Restrictions there can cause dysfunction in the brain’s ability to pump cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord and into the body’s fascial system,” says Abramczak. “Fascia sheets are bands of tissue that form a continuous web throughout the body that connect, stabilize and separate muscles and internal organs. In response to stress, trauma or diminished cerebrospinal fluid, fascia can tighten and exert tremendous pressure on nerves, the lymphatic system, organs and muscles, resulting in dysfunction of other organs or symptoms presenting throughout the body.
CranioSacral Fascial Therapy is a unique blend of CranioSacral Therapy (CFT) and fascial release which was developed and pioneered by Dr. Barry Gillespie. It is based on the fundamentals from Dr. William Sutherland’s cranial osteopathic principles, the authentic myofascial release work of John Barnes, PT, and Dr. Barry Gillespie’s background as a periodonist. Gillespie’s integration of these therapies created the Gillespie Approach to CranioSacral Fascial Therapy.
While CranioSacral therapy and myofascial therapy are effective treatments, the merging of these therapies and techniques creates a more comprehensive treatment for healing when given simultaneously. The Gillespie Approach recognizes the importance of the breathing brain, unrestricted fascia,and healthy oropharyngeal physiology.
The method is reported to be beneficial at any age to help conditions in adults and children including head and earache, concussion, anxiety, ADHD, sleep issues, difficulty in swallowing, bedwetting, TMJ, hip pain and more.
Presented by the Gillespie Approach Core Group, attendees will give and receive this work during the seminar, which is open to all and no prior bodywork or medical experience is necessary. Abramczyk notes that parents are encouraged to learn this technique to treat their own children and families. Although this is a complete healing technique, healthcare professionals are encouraged to learn and incorporate it into their practice.