What is Craniosacral Therapy (CST)?
Many people have heard of craniosacral therapy and are not quite sure what it is. A common question I get is, "Is it a head and sacrum massage?" Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle and deeply profound technique used for treating the craniosacral rhythm. Craniosacral fluid is stored largely in the spinal cord and cranium, and extends throughout the whole body. Just like the heart and breath, craniosacral fluid has a rhythm. When the rhythm is out of balance, we may feel pain or imbalance.
Clients receive the work fully clothed, snuggled under blankets on my craniosacral table. I sense into the body, often starting at the feet, checking for interruptions in the craniosacral rhythm. I place my hands on the area that the body needs support and then "listen" with my hands. Through my hands I feel rhythms, movement and stillness. This is the body's language. The idea is that the body is innately wise and knows how to heal; it just needs space and support.
I often compare the experience of receiving craniosacral therapy to being deeply listened to. One may discover beautiful and kind things about oneself when being listened to non-judgmentally, compassionately, and supportively. Just being heard can be healing. When we are truly understood, we can let go and settle. If the person is a good listener, sometimes they can give us insight and reflection. This is the same during craniosacral therapy. Sometimes, I sense that the body just wants to be heard, other times I sense that it needs help. I help by inviting stillness, expansion, or another direction for the rhythm to go.
Clients report that craniosacral feels nourishing on many levels- physically, emotionally and spiritually. Clients enter a state of deep relaxation which many find quite healing. I love being able to watch my clients become more settled, alive, and peaceful during the course of our work together. It is also a gift to witness improvement with physical symptoms.
CST Can Help The Following
birth trauma in both babies and mothers
breast feeding issues in infants
recovery from surgery
pelvic rehabilitation after birth
lingering pain from epidurals
My work can be augmented with Somatic Experiencing and Somatic Regulation and Resilience techniques. Both of these modalities treat trauma stored in the body.
Please contact me with any questions or to set up an appointment.
1 hour: $105.00 tax included