"What the Navajo call the wind’s child, Genesis calls the breath of life. It is a silent force, a field of chi which blows through the Craniosacral System, animates it, and infuses it with information and intelligence."  -Hugh Milne

Visionary Craniosacral Work was developed by Hugh Milne, D.O., a Scottish Osteopath.  It includes four ways of working with and understanding the Craniosacral System:  Energetic, Mechanical, Biodynamic, Visionary.

Like Craniosacral Therapy, Visionary Craniosacral Work evolved from the work of Dr. William Sutherland D.O., taking its genesis from a pivotal event that occurred while Sutherland witnessed his mentor, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still D.O., work with a patient.  In his own words, Sutherland speaks about Still’s perceptual abilities:

"Still was like the X-ray: he could look right through you and see things, and tell you things, without putting his hands upon the body.  I have seen him do that!  Time and time again.  When some of the early teachers had a clinic up before class, hunting for the lesion, in would come the old Doctor from the rear, 'Here's your lesion.'  How did he do it?"

A Visionary Craniosacral Practitioner is trained to observe and discern from the following four criteria, holding  each  in equal relationship and importance to the whole, as they work with each client:

* to perceive a client's physiological whole
* to perceive a client's physiological parts
* to perceive a client's process:   spiritual journey, emotional state, energy level, sleep & dreams
* to perceive their own process: spiritual journey, emotional state, energy level, sleep & dreams

Like Craniosacral Therapy, a Visionary Craniosacral session is done fully clothed, with a gentle touch that tunes in and responds to each clients needs, whether they be physical, emotional, or spiritual.   The work is all about presence.  The VCSW practitioner is trained to be still, to be quiet and to listen without judgment. This presence enhances the ability of the VCSW practitioner to be with every client uniquely, and to open the five extrasensory channels of perception in order to:  see each client with the inner eye, hear each client with the inner ear, feel each client from the space of the heart, sense each client with the knowing of the empath, and touch each client with healer's hands in a way that is most suitable, true, and precise to that moment in time.

This space of stillness, of listening, and of presence that is created between client and practitioner is what facilitates and empowers healing to occur.

This is what is called "The Heart of Listening"