What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, holistic form of body work developed by Osteopathic Doctor John Upldeger in the 1970s. It is believed to release tightness in the body fascia and the bones of the skull and pelvis. During a session, the client lies comfortably and fully clothed on the treatment table as the therapist works gently on several areas of the body and skull. It is a very quiet, slow and relaxing treatment, held in a space of calm and safety. The light touch that is used facilitates the body to relax and unwind in its own way, in tune with its natural drive toward homeostasis, or balance.
What can I expect to feel?
The responses people have to Craniosacral Therapy tend to vary widely. For most people there is a sense of deep relaxation of the body as well as the mind. Some people find that as the fascia begins to unwind their breathing pattern changes and the body may naturally begin to move and stretch in ways that allow a fuller release of tension. At times, because patterns of physical and emotional tension are held in body memory, what is called a Somato-emotional release may occur. This means that emotions held in the body begin to flow. All of these responses, and others that can occur, are very natural ways that our bodies re-balance themselves.
Clients often report benefits such as relief of pain, greater freedom of movement, increased energy, improved sleep, a feeling of being back in balance and more connected to themselves, reduced stress and increased positivity.
What can Craniosacral Therapy be used for?
Craniosacral therapy can be useful in the treatment of:
- Neck and back pain
- Headache and migraine
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
- Stress and tension-related disorders, and many others.