CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on body therapy that nourishes and supports the endocrine and immune systems, increases blood flow & supply to the brain and deeply replenishes the nervous system. CranioSacral Therapy is a powerful non-invasive mind, body therapy that works particularly well for those suffering from anxiety, headaches, sleep disorders, and depression.

CST theory and practice is based on the understanding of the continuous and subtle movements of the cranial bones, and cerebral spinal  pulse that is felt throughout the body.   This pulse results in a rhythm of approximately six to twelve cycles per minute not unlike the sense of the  waves rolling upon the shore. This rhythm is understood as a response to cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) fluctuations within the spinal cord and the brain environment. The subtle movement extends outward to the entire body, in response to this fluid pressure and to the changes of the Central Nervous System.
craniosacral therapy treatment to ease neck, jaw muscle pains

Applications for CranioSacral Treatment

A treatment may treat and alleviate a number of conditions, including:
  • Helps restore normal cranial mobility;
  • Releases abnormal myofascial restrictions and tensions in the body;
  • Releases abnormal restrictions in the head;
  • Eases restrictions of nerves;
  • Optimizes cerebrospinal fluid movement through the central nervous system; and
  • Helps restore misaligned bones to their proper positions (assisting troubles associated with the head, back, neck, hips, shoulders, arms, hands, knees and feet)
Craniosacral Therapy is beneficial for all ages from Infant to the Elderly:
  • Birth traumas and other perinatal challenges;
  • Infant latching and feeding difficulties;
  • Recurrent ear infections;
  • Facial asymmetries and eye motor problems;
  • Learning disabilities, A.D.D., A.D.H.D;
  • Gross and fine motor problems;
  • Developmental delays, autism;
  • Headaches;
  • Concussion, and post concussion symptoms;
  • Tinnitus, hearing loss and vertigo;
  • TMJ syndrome;
  • Stress disorders and insomnia;
  • Muscle and joint pain or injury; and
  • Many neurological conditions and pain syndromes

What you can Expect

A very soft touch to release tissue tension.

Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams ( about the weight of a nickel, ) restrictions are released in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system.  As therapists we gently work with the whole body including the spine and the skull, and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. By using our hands as fine discriminating tools, we detect disturbances in the cranialsacral rhythm, we identify areas of dysfunction, such as cranial, sutural, membrane and or other soft tissue restrictions in the body. Soft-touch techniques are used to release restrictions in the tissues influencing the craniosacral system and increasing  the recipients own natural flow of life force or energy.

Few structures have as much influence over the body's ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And, the central nervous system is heavily influenced by the cranio-sacral system, the membranes and fluid that surrounds, protects and nourishes the brain and spinal cord. Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for.  Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the cranio-sacral system.  These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system that it interacts with. Fortunately,  these restrictions can be detected and corrected using  these simple cranio-sacral methods of touch.

By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body's ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from mental health concerns, chronic pain, or sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairments. Craniosacral is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and  many kinds of dysfunction. 

Patients remain clothed during a treatment and treatments generally are one to one half hours long.
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