CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch, hands-on technique that helps to balance the bones and tissues that surround the brain and the spinal cord. We use gentle holds to support the body as it releases areas of compression and tension that interfere with its ability to work well.
CranioSacral Therapy helps to restore the optimal length of muscles and alignment of bones.
CST helps to release ares where the muscles are tight and where the joints, fluids and organs are unable to move freely. CST creates an ideal environment for the brain and spinal cord, which allows the nerves to communicate clearly and the body to self-correct and heal.
CST is not a massage of the head and is actually quite different from what is typically thought of as massage. There is no oil or cream used during CST and you remain clothed during the session. CranioSacral Therapy is not a miracle cure. While some people do respond quite quickly to treatment, each person is unique and requires a unique protocol of treatment.
When CranioSacral Therapy May Be of Help
- infants and mothers who are recovering from birth
- mothers and babies who are having difficult with breastfeeding
- infants needing support after revision for tongue tie or lip tie
- experiences of jaw pain, neck pain, back pain or headaches
- anxiety, stress, or difficulty relaxing
- preparing for or recovering from surgery
- stress related illnesses
- sports injuries
CranioSacral Therapy Readiness Checklist
If several of these scenarios resonate with you, CranioSacral Therapy would be beneficial for your health and wellness.
- You're searching for a non-invasive, holistic approach to your health
- You appreciate the importance of the mind and body connection
- You're reading to deepen and expand your understanding of how your body works
- You're open to changes that support your body's health
- You want to learn what you can do to help your body work better
- You're in pain and you have not been getting the relief you want and need
- You're looking for a partner and collaborator on your wellness journey
This video (only 7 minutes long) by CranioSacral Therapist, Kate MacKinnon, gives a wonderful overview of craniosacral therapy and what you can expect during a session.
How many sessions will I need?
This is one of my most frequently asked questions. The answer is difficult to give without having the benefit of someone's medical history and/or an initial treatment, however there are some patterns that have emerged over the years, so here are some general guidelines.
Typically, infants and young children need fewer sessions (3-4 average) than older children and adults (4-6 average). Infants who have had a difficult birth and/or NICU stay may require more sessions. More acute conditions tend to respond more quickly than chronic conditions. A person who has good overall health, gets enough sleep, eats well and has a minimal-moderate stress load will tend to respond more quickly than someone who's health is depleted. The more resourced someone's body, the more readily it is able to make changes. Also, the more involved and pro-active someone is, the more they can help themselves in between treatments and speed up the process.
During your sessions, we will continue discuss the changes we are noticing, what work still remains to be done and fine tune our plan as needed. If you are not making the anticipated progress within the time-frame we originally discussed, we will re-evaluate whether or not craniosacral therapy is still the appropriate course of treatment for you or if there is another type of treatment that would better serve you. I am committed to doing everything I can to help you make the progress you seek, regardless of whether or not that means we continue to work together.
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If you're ready to move forward on your healing journey, I invite you to schedule an appointment.
Have questions? You can reach me at 614-563-3094 or via email Lisa@LisaLLC.com