- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
- Chronic pain
- Emotional trauma
- Bell’s Palsy
CranioSacral Therapy can help!!
CranioSacral (CS) Therapy is a very gentle, hands-on manipulation that allows the therapist to access the core nervous system in an unobtrusive manner. Inside the lining of the head is a membrane system, called the dural membrane system, which extends downward into the lining of the spinal cord and connects to the sacrum. Hence, the name “cranial” for cranium and “sacral” for sacrum. Inside the lining of this membrane system, flows the Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF). The motion of this fluid is able to be felt anywhere on the body. CS therapists use a very light touch to tune into the rhythms of the CSF motion, otherwise known as the cranial wave. This rhythmic motion is normally six to twelve cycles per minute.
The CranioSacral therapist can gain access to the dural membrane system, also called the CS system, through the bones of the cranium, the upper neck, the sacrum and the tailbone. The therapist is able to discern faults and disturbances in the rhythm and apply gentle holds and techniques to return the faulted areas back into its optimal movement pattern.
In the most general sense, CS Therapy works to restore balance throughout the body by directly accessing the central nervous system. CS Therapy commonly creates an environment that allows stress, emotions or repressed memories to surface. The therapist provides a comfortable and safe space for whatever response the individual may experience. This treatment brings clients into a new level of awareness as well as enhanced mental and emotional health.
What to expect from a craniosacral session:
During a CranioSacral Therapy session, you are completely dressed and ideally, wearing loose, comfortable clothing. The practitioner will be monitoring and adjusting the CranioSacral Rhythm from your head to your tailbone to facilitate a smoother, less impeded flow of Cerebral Spinal Fluid through the system. The treatment is not like massage, there is no rubbing or bodywork, there is just a gentle cradling of the head and neck.
The CranioSacral system is intimately related to, influences, and is influenced by:
- The nervous system
- The musculoskeletal system
- The vascular system
- The lymphatic system
- The endocrine system
- The respiratory system
*excerpt from “CranioSacral Therapy” by John Upledger, D.O. & Jon Vredevoogd, M.F.A.
Thus, a CranioSacral Therapy treatment can affect a profound shift on a physical AND emotional level. There’s no better time to give it a try!