Craniosacral therapy is a gentle manual therapy that helps release restrictions from the very core of our system. The therapist gently tunes in and examines the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid and the elasticity of the associated membrane system that supports the central nervous system, the mobility of the cranial bones, and the body-wide response to the craniosacral rhythm. The treatment then involves releases of all those structures as found appropriate, as well as any other region of the body that exhibits signs of stagnation or trauma.
The client will usually experience a very deep relaxation shortly into the first session. A series of sessions are indicated in most cases where a health problem is being addressed. Many people also enjoy Craniosacral therapy as a preventive treatment - a way to stay relaxed and in-tune with one's inner truth. While most of the time people feel wonderful after sessions, minor temporary discomfort may be experienced as part of the healing process due to the release of complex restriction patterns and emotions that the body has been holding for some time. When we shake up old sediment, the water may appear murky, before it settles into a clearer and healthier way of being... Of course, I am always available to answer any questions and support your individual healing process.
The effects of this therapy are many, and are often deep. It has been found beneficial in a very wide array of health problems, including depression, anxiety, headaches, chronic pain, TMJ dysfunction, spinal problems, physical and emotional trauma, PTSD, fibromyalgia, and more. It is also highly beneficial to generally boost the immune system, help reverse the effects of prolonged stress, and re-establish a sense of connection to one's soul. It is safe for all stages of life, including all stages of pregnancy, as well as postpartum care. During Craniosacral work, I may employ a combination of light touch, guided imagery, and dialoguing to help you get to the core of your health concern and goals for wellness.
Craniosacral therapy would be highly beneficial to almost anyone, but you particularly may want to consider it for:
-symptoms that are chronic and have been resistant to other treatments
-emotional or physical trauma
-accumulation of tension, so common in our modern world (often manifesting as irritability, insomnia, fatigue, inflamation)
-children and teens affected by Autism, ADHD, depression, difficulty sleeping
-finding the emotional and soul roots of a difficult and possibly life-threatening diagnosis
- release of long-held emotions (this process can often lead to significant improvements in physical health)
-expansion of consciousness
Shiatsu is a Japanese bodywork style that draws on elements of Chinese medicine, incorporating modern western knowledge. It involves the systematic application of pressure along the body's meridians (energy pathways) and leads to improved energy flow, relief of emotional and physical stagnation, release of muscle tension, and may provide a boost to the immune response. In Japan Shiatsu is part of institutionalized health care - a great testament to the recognition of the powerful health benefits, both reparative and preventive, of this modality.
Thai Floor Massage
Thai Floor massage, also termed Thai Yoga therapy, incorporates kneading, rocking, pressure, joint mobilizations, and deep passive stretches. It greatly improves the natural flow of energy in the body, releases tension, and helps improve flexibility. It is performed through comfortable clothes and with no oil or lotion, and leaves one feeling deeply rejuvenated. I incorporate the use of warm herbal packs into my Thai sessions - this is a very old part of this tradition, and has been passed down primarily through the feminine lineages of teachers.
The herbal packs add a multilayered healing effect:
- the heat helps muscle tension melt away and energy system to open up
- the therapeutic effects of the heated herbs penetrate the skin, promoting detoxification, deep release and relaxation, and a gentle healing effect on all our major systems (nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, heart...)
- the pleasant aromatherapeutic quality of the herbs is uplifting to our emotions and nurturing to our spirit