Craniosacral Therapy is subtle, but powerful, bodywork that uses light touch to locate and release restrictions, tension and pain in our physical and emotional bodies.
Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on type of bodywork that is practiced on a fully-clothed patient. When the Craniosacral Therapist places their hands on a patient’s body, they are looking for what is called the Cranial Rhythm. The Cranio Rhythm is a lot like your pulse, but slower and far more subtle. This rhythm is produced by the flow of your cerebral spinal fluid (the fluid that nourishes, cleans and feeds your spinal cord and brain). If a therapist locates any areas where the rhythm is moving quickly or not at all, there may be a restriction and the therapist is equipped with tools to help release anything that might be in the way.
This work invites your body to engage in its natural ability to heal itself. Your body does its best self-healing work when the parasympathetic (rest/digest) division of your autonomic nervous system is in charge. Modern life and daily stressors are constantly triggering the sympathetic (fight/flight/freeze) division of our nervous system, which makes it hard for us to get well and stay that way. The nerve roots for your parasympathetic system are located at the base of your spine (near your sacrum), and at the base of your skull (in your cranium), hence the name Craniosacral Therapy. Many people fall asleep or into a deep meditative state during a session and report feeling less pain and more grounded for days and weeks after a treatment.
These extremely gentle, full-body sessions can treat:
Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Migraines and Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Anxiety and Depression