The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and fluids that surround and “cushion” the brain and spinal cord. The fluid is in constant motion, providing protection and nutrition to the nervous system. This gentle fluid movement produces the craniosacral rhythm. The craniosacral rhythm is similar to other rhythms felt in the body, such as the heartbeat or pulse, but it is much more subtle. Craniosacral therapists are trained to feel this rhythm and to assess the movement of the CSF, which can be restricted by tension or previous trauma. By working very gently with the skull, spine and fascia, restrictions can be removed so that the body can function at 100%
A typical session will begin with you lying fully clothed on a massage table, usually face up. I will place my hands lightly on your skull, spine, pelvis and soft tissues, tuning into your body by ‘listening’ with my hands. Therapeutic contact occurs simultaneously with the assessment. Clients often report a sense of deep relaxation during and after the treatment session. With the gentle facilitation of my hands, your body will release areas of restriction. As connective tissue and membranes release, they soften and become pliable, which allows for more effective functioning of the cranial and spinal nerves and increased fluid flow to cells and tissues. When the central nervous system is functioning better, we feel better.
This therapy can be particularly useful for mental stress, emotional difficulties, neck and back pain, headaches, TMJ dysfunction and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Newborns Babies and Kids:
Initial (60 minute) session $160
Follow up (20 minute) session $70
Craniosacral therapy for babies focuses on creating space, thus giving them room to grow and helping them to feel comfortable in their bodies. The transition from being completely safe in mama’s womb into the outside world is a huge shock to the system. It’s A LOT of work being a baby... imagine doubling your weight in a couple of months! A baby’s skull is made up of 29 different bones, which are separated by joints called sutures. The bones of the skull are quite mobile in newborns and craniosacral work ensures that the bones and joints of the skull are able to move freely. A common release in babies is ‘unwinding’ of the dural tube. The dural tube is a thick membrane that runs from the skull to the sacrum, encircling the spinal cord. The dural tube can develop kinks, which can interfere with the functioning of the nervous system. This work is very gently.. your baby may even sleep through the entire treatment!
This therapy can be particularly helpful for digestive issues, poor latch/breastfeeding difficulties, ‘colic,’ torticollis, birth trauma, chronic ear infections and poor sleep.
Craniosacral Therapy for babies and kids is performed by Becky Higginson, DC, and Megan Bodnar, DC in conjunction with chiropractic care.