CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system. This includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch no greater than the weight of a nickel, restrictions in the craniosacral system are released to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. Physical or emotional traumas the body has been holding on to may be released. CST sessions are done fully clothed.
Are you recovering from an accident or injury? After being cleared from a doctor, CranioSacral can be received on it’s own or in conjunction with other complimentary care practitioners. A CranioSacral session will release restrictions and allow the body to heal more rapidly.
Have you received one or more concussions? CranioSacral gently improves the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid and over a span of successive treatments, can restore position of cranial plates .
Do you have anxiety? CranioSacral can reduce the triggers to stimulus that may cause anxiety. During a CranioSacral session the Parasympathetic Nervous System, our “rest and digest” response, is activated.
Can CranioSacral help with TMJD? Yes, the CranioSacral approach to TMJD is to treat the global restrictions that eventually result in TMJD. There are also specific techniques for the jaw and mouth that are unique to CranioSacral which can provide much needed relief for the TMJD sufferer.
Do you avoid getting bodywork because you have limited mobility? CranioSacral is done fully clothed except for removing shoes and outer clothing layers. The table I use is a mechanical lift table and lowers to 18 inches and has a working weight capacity of 600 pounds. Graham Plaza is also equipped with an elevator.
CranioSacral blended treatment
Enjoy CranioSacral Therapy combined with a relaxing massage. Therapeutic massage techniques such as: gua sha, Lymph Drainage Therapy, fascia work, or positional release may be incorporated as needed or upon request. CST can address subtle underlying restrictions and deeply relax the nervous system, while massage and bodywork will soothe tight muscles and improve circulation.
Lymphatic Drainage Technique
Lymph Drainage Techniqe (LDT) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. This is recommended for pre and post surgical healing, swelling, allergies, and promoting overall health. I am unable to perform this treatment if you are in your 1st trimester of pregnancy, have had lymph nodes removed or biopsied, or have lymphedema, active cancer, or serious circulatory or respiratory issues.
This is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique often referred to as “scraping”. Lotion is applied to the skin and then special Gua Sha tools are used to scrape the skin on areas of the body that have stagnant blood. It is traditionally used for upper respiratory ailments but I use it for pain management and scar tissue work. Areas of the body that are especially stagnant will produce a rash, or small red bruises called “petechiae” that will remain for several days.
Cancellation: New clients, I require 48 hours notice prior to the appointment, by phone, to cancel your appointment. The card used to book the appointment will be charged the full amount. Returning clients, please let me know 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged. In the event of severe weather, if the local school district, MCCSC, has cancelled school, appointments may be cancelled or rescheduled at no charge.
Arrival: Please arrive 10 minutes early to your appointment. Late arrivals will have their massage shortened to ensure the appointment doesn’t extend beyond the allotted time frame.
Inappropriate sexual behavior such as jokes, innuendos, physical contact or exposure will not be tolerated. In the event this should occur, you will be asked to leave immediately and pay for the full scheduled session.