A note from the owner, Aimee:
When I hear the word labyrinth, the first thing that comes to mind is the 80's movie with David Bowie. But right after that, I think of a maze. Well, in a way, our body is like a labyrinth. It is an anatomical web of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and veins. Blood, oxygen, cells, and fluids all find their way through these intricate paths to allow us to function. But like walking through a maze, sometimes our route to health is obstructed because of an injury, stress or trauma. We get kinks in our backs, swollen ankles, or tension in our jaws when our body doesn't have the energy or ability to self-remedy the issues in our tissues. So, sometimes we need a little help to find our way out of a cycle of pain and discomfort.
Craniosacral Therapy is like handing you a road map to fix your body. I am your GPS, interpreting the route for you. Of course, this is a very simplistic explanation but if you deal with nagging pain, or your long-ago injured trick knee keeps acting up, Craniosacral work is a gentle, effective way to address those issues. Keep reading for a more detailed look at how this type of therapy can benefit you.
And live well, balance makes it easier.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is the "Spidey sense" of mind-body therapy work. It is a very focused way to listen to your body to help it heal. In short, CST is a way to get your body to process subtle trauma. More specifically, the therapist listens for abnormalities in the usually rhythmic flow of cerebrospinal (a la, brain and spine) fluid in order to dissipate restrictions that cause compensation patterns and pain.
Our bodily tissue is made up of two components: collagen and elastin. Think of collagen as a tough, Play-Doh like substance and elastin like a rubber band, easily expanding and then recoiling. If elastin has been contracted over a long period of time, it can quickly uncoil with some massage or manipulation, but the collagen is more stubborn and will take longer to revert to its normal state. If there is an injury or other trauma and the collagen itself is not addressed, it will continue to impede the long-term results of basic tissue work.
Basically, a Craniosacral therapist is able to feel the limitations in the tissues by noticing where the cerebrospinal fluid is not moving properly. From there, using light, constant pressure, the collagen fibers can finally be released, allowing you to feel lasting relief. This is not to say massage will not help you. It will. Immensely. But, CST is an alternative option to address stubborn conditions.
Another notable element of CranioSacral work is the biodynamic influence. The bio what, you say? Biodynamic. The biomechanical aspect of CST is the tangible manipulation but the biodynamic element of CST is using stillness and guided meditation to access our central nervous system. It is a neurological manipulation compared to a physical one. Since muscles and tissues contract (tighten) as a result of our central nervous system, essentially, ordering us around, CST allows us to get to the source of these bodily reactions. Therefore, the more you quiet your mind, the more clearly you can hear these nuances in your body and create lasting change.
Craniosacral Therapy is a way to get down to brass tacks with your body, to once and for all confront the stimuli that cause the physical responses that tell you something is not right. Craniosacral Therapy helps you permanently eliminate the root of the problem. It may not happen in one session, but it will happen. As humans, we have many subconscious physical and mental processes that protect us, heal us, and serve us. It's easy to take them for granted and push the signs that something is wrong out of the way. However, once we start listening to what our bodies tell us, real healing can begin.
How do I know if Craniosacral Therapy is right for me?
If you have tried massage, chiropractic adjustments or similar therapies and you are still suffering, you should try Craniosacral Therapy. Whether your complaint is muscle tension, headaches, or even TMJ related, it addresses both internal and external symptoms.
What can I expect to happen in a Craniosacral session?
During these sessions, you remain fully clothed. Typically, you lie down on a massage table, although, sitting may be an option. Your mind is allowed to wander while the therapist uses very gentle, subtle touch. Often, the focus turns to the spine and hips since a misalignment in your frame can be creating other limitations. The therapist may also incorporate some guided visualization to relax your mind, and therefore your body, to help you work through a restriction. It's possible your stomach will growl but this is typical and encouraging progress as it indicates the therapy is working.
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Balance Healing Center Staff
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