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Craniosacral Therapy

Craiosacral Therapy (CST) uses a light touch to examine membranes and movement of fluids in and around the central nervous system. Relieving tension in the central nervous system promotes a feeling of well-being by eliminating pain and boosting health and immunity.

The focus of CST is a gentle placement of hands to assist release of the body’s connective tissue, or “fascia.” Fascia (Latin word for “band”) is a covering found throughout the body including organs, glands, nerves, muscles, blood vessels, brain and spinal cord. This covering forms a body-wide connective network. CST is based on the idea that the body is interrelated at all levels.

CST is thought to improve efficiency of biological processes through boosting inherent self-regulation, self-correction and self-healing. The therapy can be used successfully with children and adults.

Before we start the therapy process, we will complete an intake, allowing us to tune into your needs and answer any questions you may have. There will be paperwork to fill out in the client portal before we meet so we can best be prepared.

Once the session starts, the client will be invited to lay on the table, fully clothed, with options for a supportive bolster under the knees, &/or a pillow under the head. The practitioner will check in to see if there are any restrictions or pain that might inhibit relaxation, and additional props.

The rest of the session will continue similarly, accessing different major areas in body. Craniosacral therapy is different than massage therapy in that there is not any physical deep tissue manipulation, however, if you prefer, you can talk to your practitioner about intergrating massage therapy into your craniosacral therapy session.

The space will be prepared to encourage a state of relaxation, as this will aid in the facilitation of craniosacral therapy. This might include light music or sounds, aromatherapy or dimmed lighting if client feels supported in this way.

The CST practitioner will begin by gently placing their hands between above the belly button and under the zyphoid process or just below the ribcage. This allows the practitioner to release the diaphragm and polyvagal nerve by gently feeling in to the fascial rhythm and any restrictions allowing for release.

When the session is complete, the practitioner will guide the client to gently roll to the side and slowly move up to a sitting position. There will be time and space for the client to ask any questions about the session. It is recommended that after a craniosacral session, a client either rest or walk, as the movement of walking allows for bilateral integration. 

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