Concussion, Migraines and Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Stress and Tension Related Disorders
Central Nervous System Disorders
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Pre and Post Natal Conditions
Any condition where a variation and or slight increase in intracranial pressure would cause instability. Acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other pre-existing severe bleeding disorders for example.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. Using a soft touch, practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventative health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
The craniosacral system is made up of membranes of the central nervous system as well as their attachments to the cranial bones and the sacrum. Cerebrospinal fluid, which supplies nutrients to nervous system tissue is responsible for removing waste products from cerebral metabolism, and it follows a rhythmic balance within this system.
When an imbalance or dysfunction in this system occurs, it can cause chronic pain as well as sensory, motor and/or neurological disabilities. The gentle techniques used in craniosacral therapy release restrictions in this system, enhancing the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and improving its function.
With a light touch the CST practitioner uses their hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft touch techniques are then used to release any restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.
Craniosacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
1st Time Consultation/Treatment 90 Minutes $150.00
Subsequent Follow Up Appointments:
60 Minutes $95.00
75 Minutes $115.00
90 Minutes $150.00
1st Time Visit & Follow Up Appointments for Babies & Children 0-12:
45 Minutes $75.00
Response to CST varies from individual to individual and condition to condition. Your response is uniquely your own and therefor the number of sessions needed varies widely
Q: There’s nothing detectably ‘wrong’, can I still come along for a session?
There doesn't need to be anything ‘wrong’ as such for people of all ages, genders and professional standing. Many people use it to maintain their state of health and sense of well-being. It can bring about a deeper relationship to our bodies and the self-healing / self-regulating mechanisms already present in our physiology. Our practitioner continues to receive sessions on a semi regular basis to maintain optimal health. The body is an intelligent machine and like any machine, requires general maintenance.
Q: How can CST treat the various ramifications and symptomatic disorders that are stress related and cause anxiety?
CST is unique in its ability to treat the source of symptoms on every level of our body/mind relationship be it mental, physical or emotional. Our practitioner facilitates the body to let go of tension and fear held in the body and enables the nervous system to settle into calmness. Therefore the ability for the body to process what ever difficulties it is experiencing or has experienced becomes and option. Cst helps the body come out of hyper/hypo-arousal so the body has a chance to resolve what ever issues that have arisen. Our bodies cannot function properly in a constant state of ‘fight or flight’…there fore calming the nervous system is the first step to managing symptoms.
Q: How can CST help with pain management?
People may come for CST because they have acute physical symptoms like headaches or back pain, or long standing issues with pain either from injury or aches and pains they ‘can’y explain’. CST facilitates the body to prioritize difficulties and resolve blockages or injuries via the fluid systems in the body. The practitioner will assess the body’s issues and work with symptoms as they arise directly. Because of her knowledge of anatomy and physiology, she can detect dysfunctions with her hands and facilitate them back into order using the resources already present in each persons system particular to their case and scenario.
Q: Why come for CST if I am an infant or child?
Babies and children can benefit greatly from CST as the initial journey of being born has quite an impact on the new, very sensitive body. CST can offer support from Colic, reflux, spinal compressions, sleeplessness, irritability in babies and many common behavioural, social and learning difficulties in children. This is because CST approaches the nervous system as well as structural balancing in a safe paced way. There are so many experiences that effect development in the early years that if caught early, don't become lifelong difficulties, conditions and pathology.
Q: Can CST work even when many other avenues have been exhausted and the Doctor says nothing can be done or a condition is going to get worse?
That is very possible yes. There are many accounts of this happening. The practitioner has seen and experienced examples of definitive diagnosis come into unexpected resolution.
Q: I have had this Insomnia / back pain / depression for 20 years. Can you resolve it in one session?
Sometimes people are hopeful that even though modern medical intervention has seemingly ‘failed’ them they still want a quick fix. CST doesn't work on expectations. The human body is not designed that way. Our bodies manage our experience in life and the same for regulation and healing. Generally speaking, fresh / recent trauma / restriction in the body tends to resolve very quickly (new born babies with birth trauma are a good example). When symptoms have been there for decades (or tensions have been gradually building over time) it’s likely that things will take longer to resolve. It is recommended that a short course of treatments 5-6 and then a review to see how much progress has been made in these cases. There might be other issues in a persons system that need resolving before their body has the ability to address the specific issue that they have come for. Our bodies have their own sense of priorities and since we are working with the body’s own innate ability to heal itself, the ‘inherent treatment plan’ of the body will dictate the order of things.
How does CST actually work?
Our practitioner trained first year as an RMT and then did two and a half years of foundation training directly in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. She has also studied aspects of integrated Polarity Therapy. CST works on many different levels and different approaches are used depending on the needs of the individual.
“Craniosacral Therapy is a subtle yet profound and powerful hands-on technique, developed form Osteopathy, which identifies pain and tensions held in the body. It supports the body natural tendency to find health and optimum balance by relieving the body of these restrictions and allowing it to realign. CST can often effect structural change, but also has much wider implications both physically and psychologically. Craniosacral Therapists are trained to feel motions in the body which are more subtle than the heart beat and lung breathing that we are all familiar with.”
The best way of understanding the treatment is to experience it yourself. You don’t have to believe it’s going to work for it to work (although it helps) and you certainly don’t have to understand on a neurophysiological level, how it works for it to work. The process and results are different for each individual depending on the many factors of life experience