Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
CST is a light-touch manual therapy used to encourage the body's self-correcting mechanisms.
We have a remarkable ability to store what we can't deal with in the moment, and then to work around what we've stored. Compensation is a useful and effective strategy, as long as we have the resources to manage it. Our bodies work around these held experiences until the load becomes too great; that's when we develop symptoms.
Have you ever had a physical injury that seemed to plague you long after the site had healed? That’s not as unusual as you might think. Symptoms develop when our bodies are no longer able or willing to maintain our compensations. That's why pain today may stem from an injury years ago.
Craniosacral therapy helps your body release the effects of held life experiences.
To put it plainly, sometimes parts of us get stuck in time. While we feel we’ve moved on from an accident or other challenging event, some of our tissues may have held on to the injury, pain and emotion. Perhaps it was too much for the body to process then; perhaps there’s another reason. Regardless, what happens is our bodies take that unprocessed experience, that shock to the system, and wall it off, creating what’s called an energy cyst. The body then compensates and adapts to bypass that cyst, like water moving around a boulder in a creek. Over time this gets tiring, taxing your system. Symptoms (pain, stiffness, lack of motion) become more difficult to suppress and ignore.
Craniosacral therapy allows you to bring your whole self into the present moment. During a CST session, your body may choose to release an old holding pattern. It’s your practitioner's job to recognize that moment, and gently work with your body and mind to release that pattern. Experienced CST practitioners may encourage you to look into your body with your mind’s eye while engaging with specific tissue; you may work with your imagination. It’s not necessary to relive or analyze an experience to release emotion or trauma, and your body always leads the way.
Craniosacral therapy is educated, precise, noninvasive touch that supports your body's innate ability to heal.
CST restores balance in the core of the body, your central nervous system. When the nervous system has more balance and ease, your body can devote more of its resources to healing and tissue repair.
CST is unlike any other body therapy. In CST, we don't look for what's wrong with you and devise a plan to fix it. We don't overpower your body. Rather, we use our well-trained hands to discern what's happening in your tissues, seek to understand how and why your body behaves as it does, and aim to support the healthy impulses already at work. We recognize that with adequate resources and support, your body will move toward greater health in a way that's customized to your unique circumstances—a way that's more complete and profound than any treatment plan a therapist could craft.
with Craniosacral Therapy
Studies on how chronic migraine patients experience headache episodes show that there is a cranial sacral (craniosacral) aspect to the pain they feel. The craniosacral system is composed of the membranes and fluid that engulf the spinal cord as well as the brain. Craniosacral therapy is a set of massage and light-touch techniques that aim to establish a healthy rhythm in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid from the lowest lumbar vertebrae to the brain.
Babies & Craniosacral Therapy
CST is particularly helpful for treating newborns and infants who are having difficulty nursing, which can be a result of tensions and restrictions in the baby’s head, spine or body. These restrictions can be caused by pressures experienced during late pregnancy, and by the forces of birth.
Symptoms/Conditions that CST can help:
- difficulty nursing /latching challenges
- restricted jaw opening/jaw clamping
- weak suck action
- difficulty swallowing
- on/off fussing
- excessive spit-ups (reflux)
- one-sided feeding challenges (head turns more easily in one direction)
- crossed or wandering eyes
- asymmetrical head