Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on therapy that uses light touch to help the fascia and underlying tissues release tensions and restriction patterns that contribute to pain and dysfunction in the body. The craniosacral system consists of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, as well as the fluid that nourishes and protects these structures.
Craniosacral therapy works directly with the central nervous system, and in turn, the central nervous system influences many systems of the body, including:
When disease or dysfunction occurs in one part of the body, it can affect the body as a whole. For example, after an injury such as falling on the sacrum (tailbone), damage or scar tissue can occur in the membranes surrounding this area, which would likely present as feeling sore from the injury. However, since this membrane system is continuous from the spinal cord to the cranium, additional issues such as neck pain, headaches, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction often accompany these injuries. When the damage to the membranes is addressed, the craniosacral rhythm is addressed as well, and the body is in a much better state to correct these restrictions and rebalance itself.
Since craniosacral therapy works to encourage the body's own natural healing processes, any emotional issue related to your aches and pains may be released and integrated as well, which truly supports a whole body approach to healing. Craniosacral therapy can be a wonderful self-care tool to use alongside various health modalities, such as massage, yoga, acupuncture, myofascial release, or it may be used as a sole treatment option.
Unlike massage therapy, clients remain fully clothed during craniosacral therapy. Light touch is applied to certain areas to evaluate for tension patterns and imbalances. This light touch is essential for working with the body tissues and not against it. Many clients report craniosacral therapy treatments as a deeply relaxing and restorative experience, even though it is very subtle work. A typical treatment session lasts anywhere from 60-90 minutes, depending on individual needs and preferences.
Conditions that I specialize in:
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Headaches & Migraines
- TMJ dysfunction
- Chronic fatigue
- Depression & Anxiety