What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy, also referred to as CST, is a very gentle, touch method of assessing and facilitating the physiological system of the body known as the craniosacral system, which incorporates the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord. CranioSacral Therapy's light-touch approach circumvents the body's reistance to releasing these tensions deep within the the body and facilitates the body's innate healing ability. By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body's ability to self-correct, CST is able to ease symptoms in a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment. Feeling better may only be a light-touch away.
What happens during a CranioSacral Therapy session?
During a CST session, the recipient usually lies fully clothed on a massage table. For those unable to get on a massage table, whatever the reason, other arrangements can be made. The practitioner, using a gentle, light-touch approach assesses your body to find areas of tension and restriction. Distinctive light-touch manual techniques are then used to release the restrictions and tensions found within the soft tissues and fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord, the core of your craniosacral system. Your session experience will be highly individual, though generally, sessions are deeply relaxing, calming, and enjoyable.
At what age is it safe to have a CranioSacral Therapy session?
CranioSacral therapy is so gentle, it can be effective for all ages, from newborns to elders.
What conditions does CranioSacral Therapy address?
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventative health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including but not limited to:
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Central Nervous System Disorders
Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Infant and Childhood Disorders
Stress and Tension related Problems
Fibromyalgia and other Connective Tissues Disorders
Temporal Mandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Are there contraindications to CranioSacral Therapy?
Yes. Contraindications to CST would include conditions where a variation and/or slight increase in intracranial pressure would cause instability of the system as a whole. Acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other preexisting severe bleeding disorders are examples of conditions that could be affected by small intracranial pressure changes. Cautionary conditions would include any kind of concussion and whiplash where potential fractures of C1/C2 may exist, either of which has not yet been examined by a doctor and cleared for craniosacral work.
How many sessions will I need?
Essentially, your return to and maintenance of, a better state of health is like peeling an onion. One or many sessions may be needed depending on the individual and their current state of health. Some people simply enjoy how deeply relaxing Reiki and/or CST can be and treat themselves to a monthly "tune-up."
If I get CranioSacral Therapy sessions, do I still need to see other healthcare providers?
Absolutely! Yes, you do. If it took years of self-abuse, bad eating, and bad exercise habits to get where you are, then it will probably take time to get to a better state of health. CST alone will not get you there. Better/good health is a lifetime commitment to good body, mind, and spirit habits. It is a commitment to using all of the healing modalities available to you to enhance each other. Those who truly wish to get healthier and stay healthier must approach their health proactively and be their own health advocates.
Why is a child session shorter?
Children have smaller bodies and assimilate CST quickly and efficiently.
Do you do sessions on people in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and hospices?
Yes, I do, as long as the facility and the attending physicians are in agreement with the client and their family. CST is complimentary to all other forms of healing.
Do you travel outside the Bitterroot Valley of Montana?
Yes, I do. However, there has to be enough work to justify my travel costs to the area in question. The work can be varied, meaning a mix of people and animals. There can be more than one client involved. For example, you may want me to come and work on you in "Your Town, USA." You gather others that also need work done in your area and organize the schedule and I will come. The organizer in such cases will receive a substantial discount in the cost of the services they desire.
How long does an animal session last?
It depends. Animals accept CST bodywork quickly and efficiently. Most animal session last approximately 30 minutes, however, some animals take longer, and others need less time.