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The Healing Art of Craniosacral Therapy: A Firsthand Account

by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer 


There is a black SUV in the parking lot of the San Marco office suite on Tamiami Trail. A handicap license plate is attached to the bumper, but the owner of this vehicle no longer parks in a handicap space––not since discovering the benefits of Craniosacral Therapy  

Rewind back to October 2015 when that same person, 54-year-old Don Wilson, began to experience chronic pain in both his chest and back. Twice his doctors misdiagnosed this issue as pneumonia, but Wilson sensed that his symptoms were not consistent with this particular diagnosis. A couple months later, he awoke with no feeling throughout his body and convulsed into an episode of seizures which he described as being shocked with “10,000 volts.” 

 Upon admission into the emergency room, a neurologist pinpointed the actual source of Wilson’s pain––a strep infection that had gone untreated and subsequently wrapped around his thoracic spinal cord. In response, his entire system was shutting down to the extent where his vertebrae started disintegrating, and an operation to fuse the spine with rods was the doctors’ only course of action.  

Before prepping Wilson to undergo this procedure, the surgeon informed his wife that he would survive, but might never regain the ability to walk. This assumption proved false when he became mobile again, with the assistance of canes and a walker, following two months of physical therapy, but the illness’s repercussions took an immense toll on Wilson’s capacity to function on a regular basis.  

During the first two months of his treatment process, doctors administered chemotherapy to kill the infection, then prescribed narcotics which, until recently, he had been taking ever since. For two years, Wilson experienced numbness in various regions of his body––not to mention, chronic discomfort which the medications reduced temporarily but could not address with permanent results. 

Now fast forward to 2017, when after being treated by pain specialists with mediocre success, Wilson’s sister-in-law, a licensed massage therapist, referred him to Advanced Craniosacral Therapy here in Sarasota. Although he is a self-described “conservative” with no prior knowledge of holistic medicine, Wilson’s first encounter with this treatment method and its practitioner Terrence Grywinski gave him the impression of “cautious optimism.”  

“I appreciate how Terry broke down the process of Craniosacral Therapy in physiological terms I could understand,” Wilson enumerates. “He explained how fascia (connective tissues) in the body are intertwined, and how stress on that fascia affects everything else. He told me how the production and absorption of craniosacral fluid in the brain causes a dynamic cleansing of toxic build-up, but impaired drainage of this fluid creates dysfunction within the fascia. So through addressing that dysfunction, the body’s intelligence to reorganize itself is activated.” 

Following that initial session, Wilson’s pain in the back, hips and neck diminished, his cognitive awareness improved, and his energy was restored. His walking gait stabilized too, and he no longer required a cane for support. Now five sessions later, the progress is even more noticeable, and Wilson has been able to discontinue narcotic usage completely. “I feel sharper and calmer––not so edgy since beginning the treatments with Terry. For the first time in two years, I feel like doing physical activities,” he adds.  

His wife Pam Wilson also has positive feedback to share, calling the transformation a “miracle.” She goes on to further elaborate, “Both mentally and physically, he is getting his life back, and I have my husband back. He even sings in the shower again!”  


From a therapeutic perspective, Grywinski sheds his own insight on this process and the science behind it. “Without the training I received this summer in a Specialized Craniosacral course on accessing and healing dysfunctions in the brain and spinal cord, Don would not have experienced these phenomenal results. Because fascia allows us to access brain and spinal cord functions, we can release the stress causing these dysfunctions. People who experience migraines, chronic pain, foggy brain, concussions, aging brain, effects of stroke, early-stage Parkinson’s, autism and other learning disabilities can benefit from this profound work.” 

This exposure to the far-reaching impact of Craniosacral Therapy has broadened Wilson’s attitude toward alternative medicine as a whole, offering him “new respect and an open mind” to the more unconventional modalities. “These results speak for themselves, and the facts do not lie,” he concludes. Nor does a handicap license plate no longer in use.     


Terrence Grywinski has been specializing in Craniosacral Therapy since 1994 after the completion of his training at the Upledger Institute. Described by his teachers, clients and colleagues as a “gifted healer,” Grywinski’s intuitive sense and healing energy provides quick and lasting relief from injury, pain and restriction in the body’s network of connective tissues. His practice Advanced Craniosacral Therapy is located at 1188 N Tamiami Trail, Suite 205D, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-321-8757 or visit  


Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota–Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer based in Southwest Florida. Her personal blog features practical tips for embracing an active, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.   

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