A light touch whole body treatment.
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, relaxing, direct touch bodywork modality that focuses on the mobilization of the cranial bones and the sacrum (tailbone area). Craniosacral therapy began as a branch of osteopathy in the early 1900’s by Osteopathic Physician Dr. William Sutherland who discovered that the bones of the skull had the ability to move minutely. In making this discovery, he also noticed particular rhythms in the cranium created by the flow of cerebrospinal fluid known as the craniosacral rhythm. This fluid nourishes the craniosacral system and provides protection for the brain and the sensitive neural networks of the spinal cord.
The term craniosacral therapy was coined by OP, Dr. John Upledger in the 1970's. Dr. Upleger was interested in the psychological and emotional aspects of this healing modality and surmised that the body may have more to release than just tensions or physiological disturbances of the skeletal structure.
When the craniosacral rhythm is restricted or imbalanced, it is often experienced as dis-ease, dysfunction, and physical pain. This hands on approach is meant to support the body's wisdom and it's innate ability to heal. Craniosacral therapy treatment helps to release stress and tensions, relieve pain, helps to re-balance the fight or flight response mechanisms, and restore the natural rhythm of the body for an improved over all sense of well being.
Bodywork for Healing and Balance
My approach to craniosacral therapy weaves together my knowledge and experience of various bodywork modalities, intuition and healing arts practice. It is my intention to hold space, making room for your healing process. My role is to facilitate relaxation and support any naturally occurring shifts that may show up in treatment. I draw on Gestalt and Focusing concepts that center around being present in the moment and feeling what's happening in the body as the process unfolds. I use the foundation of the 10 step protocol and tailor treatments appropriately to fit the individual needs of my clients. The goal is to restore the alignment of the cranium, spinal column and sacrum using a light touch to release pressure and tension trapped in the tissue and fascia of the skeletal system.
It is important that my clients learn to develop a deeper connection to themselves and to the wisdom of the body. For clients new to body centered work, I'm here to support you wherever you're at. For others who may have some experience with body-based practice such as yoga or other athletics, meditation, mindfulness or other body based therapies their existing awareness has the potential for a deeper exploration process on the pathway to healing.
I cannot as a practitioner anticipate the kind of experience you might have. It is possible that your shifts may show up not only physically but mentally, emotionally or spiritually; perhaps even more than one at a time and I encourage you to be in those moments fully.
Who can craniosacral therapy help?
Craniosacral therapy is a safe and gentle treatment for all ages. It is helpful for a wide range of conditions that are most often associated with physical pain, dysfunction, and emotional distress. CST can help bring relief to the following conditions:
Migranes and headaches
Acute or chronic neck and back pain
Temporomandibular joint imbalance (TMJ)
Vertigo, sinusitis and tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Chronic stress and tension related distress
Fibromyalgia and connective tissue disorders
Emotional dysfunction and difficult life transitions
Pelvic floor dysfunction - Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fertility, erectile dysfunction, endometriosis, pain during and post pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), pelvic congestion
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Sensory motor - co-ordination
Central Nervous System disorders
Neurovascular or immune disorders
Recovering brain and spinal cord injuries