CranioSacral Therapy is a non-invasive, therapeutic form of body work designed to listen to and support nerve pathways in the body to integrate and heal. There is a focus on working with the skeletal system and the cerebrospinal fluid that circulates through the cranium, spinal cord, and sacrum. When the bones and tissues are aligned well, our nervous system can relax and respond better to daily life.
The CranioSacral system consists of the brain, spinal cord and its membranes, cerebral spinal fluid, and the connective tissues (fascia) that connect these structures. This system has a palpable beat. Observations can be made about how it is working, just as heart rhythm and breathing activity can offer information about how the cardiovascular and respiratory systems are working.
Patients receiving CranioSacral Therapy lie fully clothed on the massage table. The therapist will palpate various areas of the body to assess the rhythm of the system. Based on findings from the assessment, the therapist will then place hands where tissue is restricted, and supports whatever releases the body would like to make. It is very gentle work - fascia and the nervous system is palpated much more gently than bone or muscle. No two sessions are ever alike because each body heals itself in its own way and in its own time. It is not the CST practitioner's job to "get in there and fix problems", but rather to skillfully support the body in healing itself.
By complementing the body's natural healing process, CST is increasingly used as a preventative health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease. CST is effective for a wide range of meical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including: migraine headaches, chronic neck and back pain, central nervous system disorders, concussions, chronic fatigue, stress and tension related problems, TMJ, post-traumatice stress disorder, and post-surgical dysfunction.
A CranioSacral System that is functioning free of restrictions is so important to our overall health. Every signal that is sent in the body, either from the cranial or spinal nerves, is contained in this system. Also, the pituitary gland sits in the sphenoid bone of the head. This gland is known as the master gland because it plays a large role in so many hormonal and chemical actions occurring in the body. So restrictions in the CranioSacral System can have negative effects on a body via the central nervous system or hormonally - the endocrine system. As William Sutherland, Doctor of Osteopathy, concluded some 100 years ago: life expresses itself as motion, and there is a clear relationship between motion and health.
60 and 90-minute sessions available.