Craniosacral Massage can be both powerful and relaxing and is based mostly on your intention going into the massage. This is a very good, therapeutic form of body work with tremendous benefits and healing.
Our skilled massage therapists are highly intuitive to the craniosacral methods developed by Dr. John Upledger, and are therefore very effective in treating many different organic and musculoskeletal conditions with craniosacral massage.
Some massage therapists choose to pursue continuing education by studying Craniosacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute. Craniosacral Therapy education is intricate and has a 50% attrition rate from the mandatory basic CST 1 class to a CST 2 class, where more advanced techniques are taught.
The reason for such a high rate of practitioners not moving on to take the second class is very likely due to the therapist’s inability to feel the Craniosacral Rhythm, a needed perceptible skill the hands must feel, to effectively apply the principles of CST technique. And because they are not able to perceive in their hands this very subtle rhythm, they get discouraged and do not return to further learning.
Only the astute and the willing move forward in their craniosacral education beyond the first class. Craniosacral Massage is very light and gentle, applying touch with ease on to the body and head, which promotes a release and rejuvenation within tissue structures and bodily organs. A craniosacral massage therapist helps facilitate healing of tight muscles, tendons, and ligaments. As well as effecting in a positive way the lymphatic flow of fluid under the touch.
Myofascial Release is another benefit of craniosacral massage. Those muscles and tissues below the skin respond by relaxing, unwinding and becoming less painful. Through the stimulating touch by the therapist tightness and spasm diminish as fluid automatically flows into those areas promoting rejuvenation and healing.
All our therapists are well versed in Myofascial Release and trigger point work. This works directly with the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the musculoskeletal system to invoke a positive change withing tight, splinting or spasmic muscles. Pain diminishes and muscles relax improving range of motion and the feeling of ease throughout the body.
Craniosacral massage can also positively affect organs and underlying structures of the musculoskeletal system, such as blood vessels, peripheral nerves and the entire central nervous system. Including the spine and spinal cord. Symptoms and conditions borne out of dysfunctional peripheral nerve impulses are positively affected with a craniosacral massage, such as neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, leg pain, sciatica, herniated disks, fibromyalgia and many other issues.
Another component of cranial sacral massage is something called SER, which stands for Somato Emotional Release. It’s basically your body, through hands-on care facilitates a release of stuck unprocessed emotions.
Emotions can become trapped in the body’s tissues and when massaged by a trained cranial sacral practitioner, can cause those emotions to dislodge. As a result, emotion(s) the body has been holding are released. This may express itself in you getting emotional and or recalling the past event or trauma right on the table, or sometime after your session there is continued processing that may take up to a week to complete.
As a result, a feeling of relaxation and body lightness usually follows immediately after. A legitimate SER restores health and facilitates healing in the body and mind.
Working with the musculoskeletal system using craniosacral therapy can offer very profound effects on the mind and body to facilitate healing and better connection.