About Craniosacral therapy
Craniosacral therapy taps into a motion called the craniosacral rhythm that can be felt most strongly at your head (cranium) and the base of your spine (sacrum). The craniosacral rhythm is created by a “wave” of fluid which continuously ebbs and flows in the space around the brain and spinal cord. Because your body is connected in all its parts, the rhythm can also be felt throughout your tissues.
Tension anywhere in your body can restrict the flow of the craniosacral rhythm. Practitioners use gentle touch, often less than a nickel’s weight, to subtly correct that rhythm. In the process, tension can spontaneously release, allowing for positive change to occur throughout your body.
Craniosacral therapy works directly with the body’s tissues, but can also have a positive effect on the energy systems that connect the body, mind and emotions. It can help reduce pain, decrease anxiety, improve sleep and aid recovery from injury and surgery. For you, too, the healing and gentle balancing properties of craniosacral therapy can offer relaxation, increased energy and a heightened sense of physical and emotional well-being.
Craniosacral therapy works on a profound level to support healthful changes in all the body’s systems. Among the most important are:
Nervous system: Releasing tension that blocks the craniosacral rhythm can deeply calm the nervous system and often provide effect relief for:
Injuries to the head or spinal cord can improve
Children with birth trauma, learning difficulties, chronic ear problems, or hyperactivity
Circulatory system: As the body relaxes, circulation improves, resulting in a host of beneficial effects. These include:
Improved immune system function
Faster recovery from surgery
Musculoskeletal system: Craniosacral therapy provides relief for many painful musculoskeletal conditions. Even complex problems often respond well to this gentle but profound therapy, such as:
The emotional component
Physical tension in the body may be connected to strong feelings. A hunched posture, for example, can be the result of fear experienced in the past. When your body relaxes, feelings can surface. Becoming aware of your emotions can be a very effective aid in relieving tension and pain, and can lead to long-lasting improvements. Your therapist understands this process. If you want to follow up, your therapist may specialize in this type of work, or refer you to someone who does.
A versatile approach
Craniosacral therapy is suitable for all ages from infants to the elderly. Because it works with a system that most techniques don’t address, it can be an effective alternative where other therapies have not provided relief. The gentle touch of craniosacral therapy may also be a good choice for you if you have trouble relaxing, are ticklish or if massage therapy sometimes leaves you sore. The touch is so subtle that it is unlikely your body will tighten up in response to it, a benefit that can greatly enhance your ability to relax and heal.
What to expect during a session…
For a craniosacral session, you lie fully-clothed on a comfortably padded table. Your therapist begins by placing the hands beneath a section of your spine, often the skull or tailbone, and simply feeling or “listening” to the craniosacral rhythm.
She may also place the hands on your ribs, shoulders, thighs or feet, and may hold a position for some time according to your needs. We sometimes use craniosacral therapy along with other forms of bodywork—such as reflexology and reiki—in the same session to powerfully reinforce each other.
Craniosacral therapy is so gentle that there are only a few conditions that require a cautious approach. Please tell your therapist about your health concerns or if you are uncomfortable in any way during a session, so she can adjust to better meet your needs.
Craniosacral treatments are most often deeply relaxing. You may have a sense of dropping or deepening into the area your therapist is working. You may feel pulsing or a spreading warmth. Some people notice a heightened body awareness.
After a session, you might feel energetic, sleepy or a little scattered. Even if you fall asleep or don’t feel much of anything at first, subtle but profound changes may be occurring that will help you heal over time.
Other Modalities I Use…
Reflexology continues to inspire me with its ability to balance and heal the body.
Your have over 7,000 nerve endings in your feet that relate to everything in your body. They represent a virtual 'map' of your body. When I apply specific thumb and finger pressure to these neuro-reflex points on your feet, predictable and positive changes occur in specific areas elsewhere in your body. Reflexology approaches the body as a whole with interrelated systems.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Visceral Manipulation (VM) is based on the specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.