The nervous system is divided into the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS).
CNS consists of the brain and the spinal chord. PNS is the nerves that, in pairs, goes from the spinal chord and the ower part of the brain.
PNS is divided into the sensoric nervous system, the somatic nervous system and the autonomic nervous system. These three systems have bonds to determined nervous paths and areas of the CNS. The sensoric nervous system is the one transferring information from our receptors in peripheral tissues and organs, the somatic nervous system controls the sceleton muscles and the autonomic nervous system controls the heart, smooth muscle tissue and glands. The autonomic nervous system is traditionally divided into the parasympathetic nervous system and the sympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system (rest/recuperation) is the oldest system. It reflects the survival instinct of a primitive and passive grasseater. The system delivers nourishing and blood full of oxygen, to the body and the system’s components controls the heart, the lungs and the peristaltic organs. The survival instincts is limited to regulate the burning and to play dead. The sympathetic nervous system (fight/flight) is a later development, which adds movability, mobilization and more survival possibilities. The sympathetic system can take control over the parasympathetic system in crisis situations, to shift the body’s resources to the system that needs it the most, at that moment.
If the parasympathetic and the sympathetic systems don’t function as they’re supposed, it can have a huge impact on your life. Cranio Sacral therapy can help your body and the physiological functions back to the balanced state, that is needed for the person to regain the power, will and focus that is needed to find a solution to the problem.
Stephen Porges, PhD, made studies that showed a third part of the autonomic nervous system had been discovered. It is the social nervous system (Triune Automatic) and it handles our social ability. When someone gets stuck in stress or depression, the social ability is negatively affected. Near and intimate relations is then hard to keep. With the help of cranio sacral therapy, the link to the social nervous system can be restored. The portals to the social nervous system consists of the cranial nerves V, VII, IX, X och XI. Facial massage stimulates the social nervous system.