Aquacranial Therapy was developed by Rebecca Goff, a massage therapist and naturalist in Hawaii, after she studied the behavior and movement of whales and dolphins. It uses a combination of yoga postures, meridian work, and Craniosacral Therapy to create the fluid, wave-like, gentle movement of sea creatures, thus improving the circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid and the functioning of the central nervous system. The client is cradled, supported (with the help of a neck pillow), and gently guided through the water while the therapist applies gentle touch and pressure on certain points on the skull and along the length of the spine in conjunction with rocking motions that help the recipient retain equilibrium. The therapist often pushes the client through the water while contacting reflex points on the bottom of the feet. This pushing also creates waves of movement that help accentuate the bodywork. Many of the techniques used were revealed to Goff by dolphins that had previously come into the deep-water treatment area and made contact with the participants.
Treatments take place either in the ocean, when weather permits, or in large natural hot springs, pools, or hot tubs. The outdoor warm-ocean environment is considered best, since the natural rhythm of the waves allows the recipient to just let go and the salt water’s increased buoyancy enables easy floating. Although each person will likely have a different experience, the benefits commonly include stress relief, increased circulation, better flexibility, and relief from chronic pain. Emotional release may also occur as the recipient surrenders to this fluid, womb-like environment. The therapy is not only helpful for those with a variety of disabilities, but can provide a very sensual experience in which there may be a transformation to a peaceful altered state of consciousness. Goff has since expanded this form of aquatics to create her own special therapy, which has been likened to a rebirthing experience.
This modality comes from “Our Inner Ocean”, a book by Captain LeCain W. Smith: The author, LeCain W. Smith, learned early in life that his personal path to awakening was through ocean sailing, bodywork, and transformational energetic experiences. When living on the sea, making friends with the elements and with nature, he uncovered his passion for adventure, exploration, fitness, and health. He spent many years studying and experiencing bodywork and practicing yoga, qigong, breath-work, and meditation. This passion, combined with seeing numerous friends struggle with health problems, eventually drove Smith to reach out and help others through the writing of this book. If this endeavor changes the life of only one person, he will consider it a success.
Good health is something we all aspire to, but it’s so much more than just being free of disease. A perfectly functioning body, tranquil mind, and vibrant spirit working together harmoniously create the joy and happiness that put the good in good health and the worth into a life worth living. Our Inner Ocean describes ancient and new holistic modalities of practitioner-applied bodywork and revitalizing self-care practices.