Craniosacral Therapy is a one-of-a-kind approach to facilitating the body to heal itself via the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system, or PNS, is known as the rest and digest division of the nervous system. When experiencing acute stress, our sympathetic nervous system, or fight-or-flight response, engages to help us react to danger. When living in a chronic state of stress it’s difficult to access the PNS, which is where we feel safe, secure, comfortable, and where rest and recovery occur. We have the capacity to think creatively, rationally, and also transcend into higher states of meditative mental states. The PNS is directly accessed by the Craniosacral practitioner by placing hands or fingers on specific areas of the cranium and sacrum. The work is best performed with the client/patient fully clothed, however, it can be safely integrated into a massage session using draping.
CST also helps in freeing fascial and structural restrictions along the spine in relation to the spinal membrane, cranial bones, and neuromyofascial system. It is a subtle, quiet style of therapy that requires patience and listening to the softer rhythms of the body. Through injury and trauma in life, we store tension in our bodies that requires safe, patient, and compassionate space in order to process and move forward. Craniosacral Therapy infuses science and art, diagnostics and intuition, protocols and energy work all into one therapeutic experience.
Many clients experience a sense of ease where they hold tension in their bodies during a Craniosacral session. They often leave the session feeling a deep sense of relaxation, calmness, and whole-body integration with their body, mind, and spirit.
Craniosacral Therapy is effective for helping:
- Hip, back, neck tension and pain
- TMJ disorder
- Ear ache
- Stress holding patterns
- Sleep disturbances
- Sinus pressure