Cranial base release technique

Cranial base release technique

The cranial base release is a craniosacral technique. The head and neck are rested on the finger tips as shown in the photo. The finger tips are at the very base of the skull under the occipital ridge. This technique helps to soften the fascia and muscle tissue in the sub-occipital area. This helps to open the area between the C1 and C2 vertebrae at the top of the neck and the base of the head, or occiput.

This should be performed by a trained craniosacral therapist or osteopath, however there is a device on the market which is probably the next best thing to seeing a therapist, as detailed below.

Benefits of a cranial base release

This technique can be used to treat tension headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, upper back pain and TMJ dysfunction.

It can be helpful in redressing postural issues where the shoulders become slumped and the head and neck jut forward, possibly linked to our lifestyles, smart phones, and desk jobs. This happens as a result of chronic shortening of the sub-occipital muscles and can lead to headaches, as well as head and neck pain.


Do not use this technique if you have suffered a stroke, a recent head injury, fracture to the skull, or aneurysm.


Is a product on the market which is used to recreate the position of a therapist fingers to achieve a sub-occipital release.