Elizabeth Bosse, Licensed Massage Therapist

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi

Craniosacral Therapy

 

"When there is a very close correspondence between self-image and truth, ourself-healing powers may be virtually unlimited."  - John Upledger

 What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) honors the body's self healing abilities. CST is a light hands on approach that helps release restrictions that are causing dysfunction.  It supports healing of all the body's systems. 

The Healing Power of Craniosacral Therapy!

 From My Hands and Heart by Kate MacKinnon

Cerebrospinal Fluid and Our Soul

What is the CranioSacral System?

The CranioSacral System is comprised of the membrane layers and fluid that surround, protect, nourish, and cleanse the brain and spinal cord.  It is interconnected with the entire body.

How does CranioSacral Therapy work?

CranioSacral Therapy works by finding areas in the body that are not moving well and then using gentle techniques to help the body increase balanced motion.  In Dr. Upledger words “motion is health and stasis is disease”.

Why is CranioSacral therapy so important?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

Few body structures have more influence over your health and well-being than your central nervous system. And few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system than the craniosacral system—the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.

Everyday you endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the can compromise the function of the central nervous system—and the performance of nearly every other system in your body.

CranioSacral Therapy releases those tension to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. Using a gentle touch—starting with about the weight of a nickel—practitioners evaluate your internal environment. Then they use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find.

By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CranioSacral Therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease, and enhances your health and well-being.

And because it’s so gentle, CranioSacral Therapy can be effective for all ages, newborns to the elderly.

Who does CranioSacral Therapy?

Practitioners of CranioSacral Therapy are found throughout the health care community, such as: occupational therapists, physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractic physicians, osteopathic physicians, medical doctors, dentists, nurses, acupuncturists, homeopathic and naturopathic physicians.

How does the client prepare for a craniosacral session?

Wear comfortable clothing; this work is fully clothed unless it is being blended into a massage session.

Take time to think about events or traumas that have impacted your body emotionally, physically, spiritually.  What is it that you are wanted to shift or change or heal?  How long has this issue affected your life?

What to expect from Craniosacral Therapy session

Session are 60 minutes in length. For new clients arrive a few minutes early to fill our paperwork or download the forms from my website. I will take time before we start the session to listen to you and be certain I understand your concerns.

The session is performed with the client resting on a treatment table while the Craniosacral Therapist sits, positioned at various times throughout the session at the client’s head, middle torso or feet. 

If it is your child (under 18) that is being worked on, you are required to be present during the entire treatment. The parent should bring a book to read, no cell phones please.

What you may experience during a CST treatment session?

Most people feel a general sense of relaxation (in fact some fall asleep during the treatment). This is popularly associated with an increase of endorphins. Many have said after a session that they haven't felt this relaxed in years. 

Experiences during a CST session are as individual as the clients and practitioners themselves. Experiences can even vary from session to session. At times a client may fall asleep, may recall memories or may see colors. Others will experience sensations within the body such as tingling, hot/cold, pins & needles, pulsations, a stretching of tissues in particular parts of the body, increased fluid flow or increased energy flow. Feel free to comment on anything you are experiencing, sometimes, through the attention to these experiences, the client is able to release long held pain or restriction.

At various times the practitioner will support a client’s limb and spine while facilitating release of accumulated tension. The support allows the limb to move and release old injuries.

What you may experience after a CST treatment session?

Just as individual experiences can differ, so can the immediate results. This relaxed state may cause some to sleep for many hours after a session. Others may experience an increase in energy. Some people report that they feel as if somebody had moved things about in their body.

Reduction of pain or an increase in function may occur immediately after the session or it may develop gradually over the next few days. For some there may be a reorganization phase as the body adapts to the release of previously held patterns. 

Occasionally, certain CST techniques will dredge up “old emotions, memories, or pains” that had gone away. This is a good thing!! The old emotions or pains hadn't disappeared; they were simply dormant and waiting to reappear at another time. Our bodies help us by storing away traumatic events so that they can be processed at a safe time later on. By allowing these old emotions and pain to resurface opens the path to healing and release.

 Can Adults and Teens benefit from CranioSacral Therapy?

It may help the following:

  • Central Nervous System Disorder
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Chronic Pain
  • Eye and Vision Problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Immune Disorders
  • Lumbosacral Dysfunction
  • Maintaining Health
  • Memory Difficulties
  • Migraine
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Poor Posture
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Sinus Problems
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stress Related Issues
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Tinnitus
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vertigo
  • Many Other Conditions

 Can children and infants benefit from CST?

Yes, some of the conditions that CranioSacral Therapy may help are:

  • ADD and ADHD
  • Birth Trauma
  • Central Nervous System Disorder
  • Developmental Delays
  • Dyslexia
  • Ear Infections
  • Eye and Vision Problems
  • Headaches
  • Hearing Problems
  • Immune Disorders
  • Neurological Issues
  • Scoliosis
  • Sinus Problems
  • Traumatic Impact
  • Torticollis
  • Many Other Conditions

  The Upledger Institute

Anatomy Conversations: Videos Illustrating Cranio Bone Movements

CranioSacral Therapy for a Multitude of Health Problems

The Iterative Process: A CranioSacral Approach to Health and the Human Body

Releasing Emotions Trapped in the Tissues

Derailing an Accident?s Effects

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Cell Patterns

Easing Migraine Pain

Scoliosis and CranioSacral Therapy 

Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction

Helping the Brain Drain: How CranioSacral Therapy Aids ADD/ADHD

Autism Spectrum Disorder: How CranioSacral Therapy Can Help

Putting Insomnia to Sleep: Using Cranial Techniques

Releasing the Pain of an Old Story

Giving Voice to the Issues

Dissolving the Grip of Addiction with CranioSacral Therapy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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