Overview of CranioSacral Therapy
Craniosacral Therapy (often referred to as Craniosacral Massage Therapy) was developed by John Upledger, an Osteopathic Physician and is a light hands-on form of evaluating and enhancing the function of the body’s craniosacral system. The craniosacral system is made up of membranes and fluid that protect the brain and spinal cord.
Craniosacral therapists use a soft touch hands on technique (usually no heavier than the weight of a nickel) to release restrictions in the craniosacral system and to improve the communication and function of the central nervous system. Craniosacral therapists focus on the rhythm of this fluid, which is generated by pressure changes throughout the head and spinal column as the cerebrospinal fluid is produced and absorbed. The craniosacral system has a rhythm of 6-12 cycles per minute. Dr. Sutherland (one of the pioneers) studied this rhythm or motion of the cranial bones and felt that its movement involved a network of interrelated tissues and fluids at the core of the body. His theory was based on “primary respiration” believing that the cranial bones moved or breathed. He believed that the primary respiratory mechanism can only exist in its relationship to the whole, and that the whole exists complete within itself.
Craniosacral massage therapy is very gentle and subtle and focuses on the palpitations of this rhythm. The therapist, by gentle touch and a type of “laying on of hands” can aid the body in “unlocking or “releasing” muscle constraints and spasms, pain, discomfort, and other patterns in the body. Read the article “A New Kind of Pulse” for more information.
What to expect during your CranioSacral Therapy Session
Each individual experiences something different during their therapy session. Some individuals have fallen asleep, while others feel deep relaxation. Most individuals feel that their muscles release or loosen up. Usually the individual feels a “warmth or heat” from where the therapists hands are. Some individuals may even experience an emotional release during their session. CranioSacral Therapy was designed to compliment the body’s own natural healing processes.
Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy Massage
The following concerns have shown benefits with this type of therapy:
- Migraine Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Orthopedic Problems
- Chronic Fatigue
- Emotional Difficulties
- Stress and Tension-Related Problems
- Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
Craniosacral therapy is not a massage like relaxation or deep tissue. Craniosacral therapy is a form of energy and body work. Therapists like myself, who perform CranioSacral Therapy or Craniosacral Massage have undergone specialized training in this technique.
Sessions are usually 60 minutes and Include a 15 Minute SOQI Bed Therapy Session for $45.00
Please be advised that Appointments are Necessary
References: Upledger Institute; Michael Kern, DO., R.C.S.T., M.I.Cr.A., N.D.; Mark E. Rosen, DO FCA