What is Craniosacral Therapy
People go throughout their lives and experience sport injuries, illness, emotional trauma and stress. All, of which, takes a toll on the body. We believe we can handle it. We're expected to handle it, but our bodies require fuel (food), i.e. nutrition, and rest to accomplish this. Grueling schedules of school, work and outside sports and activities are at an all time high. Today's food isn't the same nutritious food our grandparents ate. Precious nutrients are missing from the soil. Like the plant that cannot flourish without proper nourishment, water and sun, so it is with our bodies.
Our bodies require the uninterrupted flow of spinal cord fluid to bathe and nourish our nerves and neurons along the spinal cord. If there is an interruption or blockage due to stress, muscle tension, injury, poor diet, or lack of communication to the cells, the body cannot function as intended. Like someone stepping on a section of hose, the full force of water is not allowed to flow. Take your foot off the hose and the normal flow of water will resume. So it is with spinal cord fluid. CranioSacral Therapy evaluates the strength of the flow of spinal cord fluid from the head to the tailbone. It includes the 22 bones of the head, down the spinal cord to the tail bone and back again. The spinal fluid is created in the head/cranium and travels down the spinal cord. This spinal cord fluid is the intelligence to the nerves. It is why when someone suffers a broken neck, like the hose, the intelligence and the communicator of information can no longer reach the nerves and the individual can no longer walk. CST teaches therapists how to feel the movement (known as the craniosacral rhythm) and how to help the body find and restore balance. The spinal cord fluid moves the bones within the head as it travels . Therapists are taught to feel this movement which takes them to the point of blockage. Through gentle, light contact, CST helps return the body to a place of balance, releasing inflammation and in doing so, relieves restrictions and pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Craniosacral Therapy work?
With a gentle hands-on touch, Craniosacral Therapists listen to or feel the body’s energetic patterns of inertia or blockages. By releasing and normalizing these restrictions within the environment along the vertebras and spinal cord, communication of neurological impulses that carry information to the various processes of the body can be restored.
What can I expect?
Each session takes place in a quiet setting. You are fully clothed and recline on a massage table. I often begin the session at the client’s head, although will move throughout the session to various other positions— mid-section, tail bone, feet, etc. One may carry on a dialogue, simply rest, or even fall asleep.
Are there certain conditions where application of Craniosacral Therapy would not be recommended?
There are certain situations where application of CST is considered inadvisable because intracranial pressures may be increased. Acute aneurysm, stroke, cerebral hemorrhage, or other preexisting severe bleeding disorders are examples of conditions that could be affected by small intracranial pressure changes.
How many Craniosacral Therapy sessions will I need?
The number of sessions varies and is dependent on each individual’s own needs. Your response is uniquely your own. Everyone has their own individual conditions and issues and how quickly they respond to them. It could be as little as one session up to 2-3 sessions per week over a period of several weeks. CST is increasingly used as a preventative health measure as the work is deeply relaxing and restorative.