What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy (“CST”) releases pain, tensions and restrictions within the body and optimizes the nervous system using very gentle, light hands-on touch. During a CST session, I engage the tissues, membranes, sutures and bones within the body, and wait for signs of release, such as a softening of the tissues, increased movement, heat, etc.
By freeing restrictions within the body, CST improves movement and range of motion, relieves pain, reduces stress and promotes overall healing and wellbeing. By releasing trauma, strain and tension within the body, CST helps the body to return to normal healthy function. It also encourages the healthy functioning of the central nervous system and supports the body’s natural ability and inclination to heal.
Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral Therapy provides gentle, effective support for a number of health issues and is an excellent therapy for maintaining health and flexible movement when no physical issues are apparent.
Some of the benefits of CST include:
- relieves pain, tensions and restrictions within the body
- encourages better movement, balance and stability
- releases stored trauma, strain patterns and imbalances within the body
- restores healthy body function
- improves movement and range of motion
- reduces stress
- promotes overall health and wellbeing
- optimizes the central nervous system
- supports the body’s natural ability and inclination to heal
- encourages greater flow of fluids throughout the body, along the spinal cord and in the brain
What conditions benefit from Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy improves your body’s ability to take better care of you. It helps relieve a full spectrum of pain, illness and dysfunction, including:
• migraines and headaches
• chronic neck and back pain
• stress and tension-related disorders
• motor-coordination impairments
• brain and spinal cord injuries
• chronic fatigue
• TMJ syndrome
• central nervous system disorders
• post-traumatic stress disorder
• orthopaedic problems
• many other conditions
Listening to the body’s Inner Wisdom
I use a process-oriented approach to Craniosacral Therapy. This means that I take my direction from the Inner Wisdom of the person I am treating. The person’s Inner Wisdom knows what needs to happen–and in what order–for the body to function in the best way possible. My job is to listen to my patient’s Inner Wisdom and to treat the areas of the body where I am directed.
CST is not about ‘fixing’ someone or doing something to the body. It is about being with, and working in cooperation with, the body’s Inner Wisdom and intelligence to bring about a greater state of wholeness, balance and function.
Inflammation and how the immune system responds to it
I find the world of cellular biology, biochemistry and cellular intelligence infinitely fascinating. This is why I love doing process-oriented Craniosacral Therapy to address inflammation and the body’s immune response. It enables me to palpate the immune system directly and to determine which tissues in the body are inflamed and which are not.
Not only can process-oriented CST help determine whether there is inflammation in a particular tissue, but it can identify whether the inflammation is acute or chronic, what aspects of the immune system are involved in the inflammatory process, and how the immune system is responding to the inflammation. The affected area can then be treated with greater precision.Back to the top
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