How does it look like?
During Craniosacral therapy, I will lightly touch the skull, spine and sacrum. I will spend time cradling the head and sacrum; listening to the rhythms of the Craniosacral system. Part of craniosacral is to apply pressure about 5 grams to gently manipulate the bones of the skull to remove restrictions allowing the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. I will often sit at the place in the body which needs assistance. If there is an injury that is where I will mostly work and I will check in with the rest for over compensation.
What should you expect?
- Craniosacral is done supine (on your back) on a table. Client wears loose clothing.
- Session is done on a massage table with a BioMat
- I will check into your Craniosacral rhythm and make an assessment.
- Allow 90 minutes to become completely relaxed.
How often should you receive?
- Craniosacral Therapy is most effective when you have regular sessions, especially while first addressing long-term imbalances.
- I suggest once to twice a week for one month, followed by a reassessment.
- When the body is balanced, once to twice a month or as needed for maintenance.
- As needed for relaxation or moving stagnation.
Craniosacral is known to help:
- Relieve tension
- Decrease pain
- Migraine headaches
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
- Tight upper neck and shoulders
- Lower back pain
- Trauma and rehabilitation from a physical injury – breaks, sprains, ligament trauma
- A range of other symptoms
About Craniosacral Therapy or CST
Developed originally by William Sutherland and further developed by Dr. John Upledger.
Craniosacral therapy is a subtle, hands-on approach of assessing and enhancing a physiological system called the craniosacral system.
The craniosacral system is made up of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. The system includes the bones of the skull, face, and mouth, which make up the cranium, or head, all the way down to the sacrum and coccyx, or tailbone.
The Craniosacral system has its own rhythm. The rhythm can be found in the same way as the rhythms of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. But unlike those body systems, both assessment and improvement of the craniosacral system can be accomplished through palpation.
- The Craniosacral system has a rhythm of 6 – 12 cycles per minute
- The heartbeat beats at 70 – 80 beats per minute
- The respiratory system breathes at 14- 18 breathes per minute
The Craniosacral rhythm is much slower than the breath or heartbeat, but no less powerful. A practitioner is able to “listen” with their hands to the cranial rhythmic impulse, which runs throughout the body.