What is CranioSacral Therapy?

The CranioSacral system is a physiological system composed of the brain, spinal cord, dural tube, the fluid, and membranes surrounding them.  Attached to bones of the cranium including the face and mouth, the CranioSacral system extends down the dural tube to the sacrum or tailbone.  The central nervous system (CNS) innervates the CranioSacral system and has a direct influence over all body systems including nervous, endocrine, skeletal, muscular and immune systems.

The positive effect of CranioSacral Therapy relies upon the client’s normal self-corrective processes contained within the CNS.  The entire system is evaluated to improve conditions in which the brain and spinal cord must do their job.  Since the system is a closed system, trauma to the lower end of the spine, such as falling on your “tailbone” can have effects within the brain.  CranioSacral motion can be used to localize pathological problems throughout the body including muscular, inflammatory, adhesion, infection, trauma, surgery, vascular, visceral and somatic origins.

A CranioSacral Therapist will assess and assist the body in its own natural ability to repair injury, release physical and emotional trauma and maintain optimum health.  The client remains clothed and the therapist facilitates the body’s self-correction mechanism.  A typical session will last approximately an hour, with one therapist and one client. Integrated Therapy Programs increase the response of the client’s own healing potential by providing full day treatments for several days with multiple therapists working with the client.  Individual sessions as well as programs are tailored to each individual clients needs.

Massage Therapy – Massage uses touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. With touch, therapists relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.  Massage therapists use touch to treat clients’ injuries and to promote the clients’ general wellness. Therapists and clients may talk about what they hope to achieve through massage. Massage therapists may suggest personalized treatment plans for their clients, including information about additional relaxation techniques to practice between sessions. Massage therapists can specialize in many different types of massage or modalities.  Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and sports massage are just a few of the many modalities of massage therapy.  Most massage therapists specialize in several modalities, which require different techniques.The type of massage given typically depends on the client’s needs and physical condition.  Please feel free to discuss any thoughts, ideas or concerns about your sessions with your therapists.

Somatization refers to a tendency to experience somatic or bodily symptoms in response to emotional, physical, and life changing traumas.  In patients with somatic disorders and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), distress may be experienced as physical symptoms.  These patients can present with persistent physical issues with no physiologic explanation. In somatization, access to the story may be through the body, revealing unconscious or forgotten narratives surrounding the trauma.  In these cases the client can benefit from SomatoEmotional Release to process and release the symptoms of somatization, allowing the body to narrate the story the mind struggles to remember.

SomatoEmotional Release is a process described as physical release of stored trauma within body tissue (somatization) and may be associated with CranioSacral Therapy.  As restrictions in the body presents to the therapist, the story behind the event may emerge and through neutral therapeutic imagery and dialogue the body is given the opportunity to release stored trauma. SomatoEmotional Release is what happens in the clients tissue.  The client may be silent or engage through dialogue.  There can be a wide range of emotional components such as anger, sadness and even laughter during the release.  This process is initiated and directed by the patient.

Therapeutic Presence is the therapists ability to be present with the client, physically, mentally, energetically and otherwise engaged in the clients therapeutic process.  The therapist’s intent is to hold a grounded, neutral container to support the client’s process.

Neutrality involves the therapists’ ability to be a neutral witness, to hold space and have no attachment to outcome.  Therapeutic presence and neutrality provide a framework for effective therapy at the Association for Integrated Healing and  Balanced Being Inc.  It means the therapist will meet you where you are….wherever you are in your process.  The client’s experience is their lived truth – this is not open to interpretation.  The therapist facilitates and supports the clients process of discovery.  When a therapist has more to say about the client’s experience than the client, they are not being neutral.

CranioSacral Therapy can assist with:

  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Scoliosis
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Autism