What is a therapy session like? While wearing lightweight clothing, you simply relax on a comfortable massage table. I apply light pressure with my hands in order to assess the extent of inflammation and locate restrictions within your body. During treatment, my hand pressure adjusts to match the resistance of your body’s soft tissues.
Your body will naturally let go and unwind restrictions that have been stuck, trapped, or locked within. People generally experience a sense of peace, gain insights, feel lighter, or discover they are free of pain. You may even drift off in blissful sleep!
Healing is a process and it continues over a period of time as the body, mind, spirit, and emotions adapt to a new “normal.” Therapy results vary with each person and each session, and the number of sessions necessary to treat similar disorders also varies from person to person.
What does this mean for you?
- Pain, tension, and anxiety are reduced or eliminated
- Improved quality of sleep
- Movement and function are restored
- Mental focus and concentration are enhanced
Every day you endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord. Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system – and the performance of nearly every other system in the body.
CST releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. Using a gentle touch – starting with about the weight of a nickel – practitioners evaluate your internal environment. Then they use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find.
By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CST naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease, and enhances your health and well-being. (Excerpted from Discover CranioSacral Therapy, Upledger Institute, 2008.)
What is the CranioSacral System?
In 1971, John E. Upledger, osteopathic physician and surgeon, had a patient whose skin on his feet was turning black, deeply cracked and peeling. A calcium plaque was discovered on the external (dura) membrane layer of his spinal cord.
As the assisting surgeon, Dr. Upledger was unable to hold the dura membrane still because of its continuous, back and forth motion. This movement had never before been witnessed by any of the doctors or nurses.
Dr. Upledger’s curiosity led to years of research and identification of the craniosacral system that consists of the soft tissues, membranes, and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. These membranes line the inner surface of the bones of the cranium (head) and extend all the way down through the spine and attach to the sacrum (lower part of the back just above the tailbone).
The function of the cerebrospinal fluid is to protect the brain and spinal cord from trauma, deliver nutrients to the central nervous system, and remove waste products from the brain and spinal cord, thereby detoxifying the environment of the nervous system.
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