Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Craniosacral Therapy

I have been practicing Craniosacral Therapy for one year.  I have practiced on many people and have had many positive results.  This is a very calming and relaxing type of treatment.  It is a treatment being used by many massage therapists, osteopaths, naturopaths, chiropractors and physical therapy.
Craniosacral therapy taps into a motion call the craniosacral rhythm.  This rhythm is created by a wave of fluid which continuously flows in the space around the brain and spinal cord.  Due to the fact that the body is connected in all parts, this rhythm can be felt throughout your tissues.
Tension in your body can restrict the natural flow of the craniosacral rhythm.  Pracitioners use a gentle touch which is often less than a nickel's weight, to correct that blocked rhythm.  Releasing the blocked rhythm will help to release tension in the body.  The treatment is most often deeply relaxing.
For a craniosacral session, you lie fully clothed on a comfortable padded table.  No oil or traditional massage strokes will be used.  The therapist will start by placing their hand beneath a section of your spine, skull or tailbone and feel and listen to the craniosacral rhythm.  The therapists hand may also be placed on your ribs, shoulders, thighs or feet, and may hold the position for some time according to your needs.  The therapist may also combine other forms of bodywork in the same session to powerfully reinforce each other.
You may leave feeling energetic, sleepy or a little scattered.  If you fall asleep or don't feel much of anything at first, subtle but profound changes may be occurring that will help you heal over time.

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