The Still Point (CV4 technique)
The still point is a Craniosacral technique which shares its roots in osteopathy. A still point is used to reach a place of absolute calm. It is achieved by contacting two particular spots on the back of the head. This slight pressure will create a release within the connective tissues and when this happens there is a neurological response, which shifts the central nervous system from its usual state of alertness to one of calmness.
Benefits of a still point
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
- It helps tissue and fluid motion in and around the head.
- It relaxes connective tissues throughout the body.
- Restores flexibility of the autonomic nervous system.
- It can lower fever up to 4 degrees
- It can help improve autoimmune dysfunctions.
Contra-indications (When not to use)
Do not use this technique if you have suffered a stroke, a recent head injury, fracture to the skull, aneurysm or any condition where a change in inter-cranial pressure is contra-indicated.
You can buy a still point inducer that is a soft rubber model which when placed under the head connects with the condyles on the base of the skull and therefore induces a still point. Or you can use a cheaper option using tennis balls. (see below). Place your fingers on both sides of the neck, slide them up to where they meet the base of your skull, continue to slide your fingers a little further up to the bony ridge at the bottom of your head. Place the still point inducer under this area and allow your head to rest here.
Place the two balls into the toe of a sock and then tightly tie the end of the sock to keep the two tennis balls firmly in contact with each other. To ensure the balls stay in contact with each other place the first sock inside another sock which again you tie tightly.
How to use
Lie down on your back on a firm surface, place the still point inducer or tennis balls under you head. Allow your head to rest comfortably for 5-15 minutes.
By just spending a few minutes each day this technique can have a profound effect on stress, helping restore a healthy balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.
Use for 10-20 minutes up to 4 times a day.