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CranioSacral Therapy: A Safe & Gentle Treatment for All Ages

Lady receiving cranioSacral and Visceral Manipulation Treatment

Our latest Speaker Series features Sharon Blake, certified massage therapist who specializes in CranioSacral Therapy (CST). If you’ve never experienced CST, you’ll enjoy this post from Sharon which was originally featured in Nature’s Pathway’s magazine:

CranioSacral Therapy was pioneered by osteopath Dr. John Upledger.  In 1975 Upledger became a clinical researcher and professor of biomechanics at Michigan State University, Osteopathic College. He led a team of doctors, biophysicists and bioengineers to investigate and test the influence of the craniosacral system on the human body. It is through his research, now taught by the Upledger Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, that thousands of individuals have been trained in CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and are helping to alleviate many acute and chronic conditions.

CranioSacral Therapy and the craiosacral system are becoming better understood in traditional healthcare practices. The craniosacral system consists of the membranes, cerebral spinal fluid and structures from the head to the sacrum (tailbone area). This system influences the ability of the brain and the spinal cord to function properly. When this system is out of balance or restricted, it can cause the body to adapt into an unhealthy misalignment. Fewer restriction allows for better overall health and resistance to disease.

CranioSacral Therapy is able to help the body find its correct balance. This is down with an extremely light touch – generally no more thatn the weight of a nickel. This light touch makes it extremely safe for the very young and the elderly. CranioSacral practitioners follow the movement of the tissues within the body to help facilitate this balance without forcing the body into a different pattern.

A strong and healthy craniosacral rhythm is a key to helping the body stay balanced.

This same light touch allows the CranioSacral practitioner to monitor what is called the craniosacral rythm. The craniosacral rhythm is similar to your pulse or respirations. However, what is being felt is the pulse of the cerebral spinal fluid within the body. The balance, strength  and quality of this rhythm are what helps guide the practitioner in the assessment and treatment. Having a strong and healthy craniosacral rhythm is a key to helping the body stay balanced.

CranialSacral therapy for TMJ, Headaches and Reflux!

CranioSacral Therapy has been used for many conditions and ailments. It is a wonderful treatment for calming down a central nervous system which is undergoing undue stress and anxiety.   Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a common problem for many. Through craniosacral therapy, many have experienced relief from chronic pain and were able to eliminate pain medications and cancel scheduled TMJ surgeries. Headaches and migraines also respond well to the light touch of craniosacral therapy.  Additional conditions that can benefit are: chronic fatiue, learning disabilities, ADDD/ADHD, colic and reflux, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many more. CranioSacral Therapy has been know to improve the quality of life for those with cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and autism.

Craniosacral therapy is not a massage.

CranioSacral Therapy is not a massage, even though many massage therapists practice craniosacral therapy. During a session, the client remains fully clothed and no oils or lotions are used. Very Specific and delicate manipulations are used during the treatment to help relieve pressures and restrictions. Many clients become so relaxed they fall asleep.

There are many schools that teach CranioSacral Therapy but the Upledger Institute is widely recognized as the leader in both research and training in CranioSacral Therapy. The Institute holds classes at the clinic in Florida and throughout the world. CranioSacral practitioners are licensed healthcare providers that have completed the required coursework for the treatments they are providing.  Advanced certification programs are also offered through the Upledger Institute. Visit: www.upledger.com for more information.

Sharon BlakeAbout the Author: Sharon Blake is a certified massage therapist who specializes in CranioSacral Therapy. She works with adults, infants and children. She continues her education through the Upledger Institue and the Barral Institute. She is a member of the American CaranioSacral Therapy Association and the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners. For more information go to: www.iahp.com/sharonblake


Additional Resources:

What Are the Benefits of CranioSacral Therapy – Livestrong.com

CranialSacrol Therapy for Babies and Toddlers

CranialSacral Therapy: Celebrate the Healing Power of a Gentle Touch



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