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Craniosacral bodywork

Craniosacral bodywork is a gentle form of bodywork that uses light touch to release tensions deep in the body. It enhances the function of the central nervous system and is an effective treatment for numerous medical problems associated with stress, trauma and physical pain. Additional benefits include deep relaxation, improved awareness, improved self-regulation and a profound sense of well-being.

Injuries, disease, stress or trauma anywhere in the body can cause restrictions in the free movement of the craniosacral system. These restrictions can impede the flow of nutrients to the cells or put pressure on the nerves, causing pain or dysfunction.

By "listening through their hands" skilled practitioners can feel and reduce tensions or lesions embedded in the tissues of the client's body. Their gentle and perceptive touch of cranium, spine, sacrum and pelvis helps release restrictions. As restrictions are released and the body begins to return to optimal functioning, many possible sensations may occur. This may be felt as heat, pulsing, relaxation, or other sensations. Because memories of trauma and injury are often stored in the connective tissue (fascia) of the body, sometimes the release is accompanied old memories related to the original cause of the restriction.

What to expect in a Craniosacral session

In a typical craniosacral session you'll lie, fully and comfortably dressed, on your back on a soft massage table.

Throughout the craniosacral treatment the practitioner holds a deep and clear quality of presence and receptiveness. Awareness and respect are basic ingredients for this form of bodywork.

Be sure to plan approximately 70 minutes for your session. 60 minutes will entirely be dedicated to bodywork.

To benefit fully from the treatment, avoid alcohol and heavy meals on the day of your session. Do not eat one hour prior to treatment.

After a session it is good to give yourself some time for integration. Avoid rushing and stressful activities. If possible, take it easy for the rest of the day.

What Craniosacral bodywork can do for you

Craniosacral bodywork is effective for a wide range of symptoms including:
  • chronic neck and back pain
  • headaches
  • low energy
  • fatigue
  • learning difficulties
  • insomnia
  • injuries resulting from accidents
  • post operative recovery