Craniosacral Therapy

 

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Craniosacral therapy has its roots in osteopathy, which sees humans as whole rather than parts, with interrelated structure and function, and with innate healing ability. Cranial osteopathy, based on the life work of founder William Sutherland, D.O., has spun off a couple of offshoots.

Classical craniosacral therapy (sometimes called biomechanical) is based on Dr. Sutherland’s earlier work, and the Upledger Institute teaches this style. It focuses on the craniosacral system in the body — the fluid, membranes, and bones surrounding your brain and spinal cord. CST is not just working on the cranium and sacrum, however. By palpating the subtle rhythm of the cranial fluid anywhere on the body, we can detect areas of strain and encourage your body to release them.

Most people find sessions very relaxing, and CST can help with stress, headaches and migraines, sinus congestion, neck and back pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, trauma, fibromyalgia, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and more.

Biodynamics stems from Dr. Sutherland’s later work, when he and other cranial osteopaths recognized after decades of practice that subtle, deeply healing life forces were influencing their sessions, and that the more they listened deeply, the more their patients’ systems responded by moving into deeper health.

Working with stillness and perception, I use a light, gentle touch. A Biodynamics session is a meditative, whole body experience that may be described as connecting with the field dynamics that optimize your well-being. You may feel that your body-mind system is better organized, more coherent and relaxed, and better resourced for healing after a session.

Read my post about combining Zero Balancing with Biodynamics.

New research shows that the most effective treatments for fibromyalgia are a combination of craniosacral therapy and myofascial release. I combine these modalities to help your nervous system move into deeper relaxation and to release tension from your most painful areas, offering a gentle, soothing session on a heated table, if desired. I’ve also learned that cupping may offer relief for fibromyalgia pain. 

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I use some craniosacral and massage techniques in my TMJ sessions for those with jaw pain, misalignment, tightness, clenching, grinding, clicking, or popping (temporomandibular joint issues). Each TMJ session includes an assessment, releasing tightness in key jaw muscles externally and internally, and other techniques as needed.

Note that even though working inside the mouth to release tight jaw muscles may sound painful, I only work as fast as those muscles release their tension, which is usually slow. and steady. The work proceeds at the pace of your comfort level. We set up a signal beforehand so you can let me know if you need me to remove my hand from your mouth immediately.

For optimal results to retrain your body into a healthier pattern, if you need to, please return every 1-2 weeks until symptoms are gone, or when an occasional maintenance session is needed.