Emerge CranioSacral Therapy
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in those areas which alleviates stress and pain.
CranioSacral Therapy seeks to restore the natural position of the bones and can decrease stress from chronic injuries as well as provide relief from migraine headaches, neck and back pain, temporomandibular joint disorder (the inflammation of the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull) and more.
CranioSacral Therapy FAQ:
Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it’s effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.
By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
What you experience during a CST session is highly individual. Some people say they feel deeply relaxed, while others describe feeling unwinding sensations as the body releases tension. You may even recall circumstances surrounding a past trauma or injury that caused your body stress. Because CST is a profound therapy that gets to the core of our problems, some people experience an activation of their symptoms during the session, this is part of the process of eliminating them. While it doesn’t occur in every session, this aspect of the process – called SomatoEmotional Release® – is perfectly normal, and helps the body reverse dysfunction and restore optimal levels of mobility.
Generally, you can never receive too much CST, as each treatment is different from the last, and more treatment will only have a cumulative effect toward your optimum health.
If you have a specific health concern that is not in an acute stage, once a week or once every two weeks is advised. If you are fairly healthy, have minor concerns, or wish to maintain goals you have already achieved, once a month is often sufficient for most clients.
However, for more acute or complex issues, clients are advised to increase frequency of visits, possibly to multiple times a day or week, as needed.
For more severe scenarios, please inquire about Intensive Treatment Packages and Multi-Therapist Sessions.
Due to the gentle nature of MFR and its ability to target key areas of dysfunction, increased discomfort or new areas of pain tend to represent a positive outcome of the treatment. In fact, it indicates that the therapist targeted the correct areas, and in these cases, more frequent sessions are advised to continue the momentum of the healing process that was ignited.
As always, it is strongly advised that you communicate any concerns you may have to your therapist at all times. Especially if you are new to receiving Myofascial Release, you may encounter periods of wonder or confusion as your body adjusts to the treatment. It is totally normal, and you might find it a bit exciting to see the changes that can and do occur!
CST is an advanced bodywork technique offered exclusively in Owner Therapeutic Bodywork Private Sessions! For individual rates and packages please see our Massage Page for details!